What Hours Do Nurses Work?

Hello and welcome to Part 4 of our “Can I Be a Nurse?” series, the first part to our guide of helping you get into the nursing school of your dreams!

In this series we talk about the profession of nursing in general. We tell you everything you need to know before deciding if nursing is the profession for you!

If you haven’t already, make sure you check out the previous articles listed here in order:

  1. What Nurses Do
  2. Where Do Nurses Work?
  3. How Much Money Do Nurses Make?

In this section we will discuss the hours that nurses work!

Most Common

Most nurses tend to work 3 shifts per week, each 12 hours long. These shifts are commonly from 7am-7pm, or 7pm to 7am. Although this technically adds up to 36 hours per week and not 40, this is considered full time for nurses. Most of the time nurses will show up half an hour early and stay at least half an hour late, so by the end of the week it ends up being close to 40 hours.

Other Options

In addition to working 12 hour shifts, 4, 6, 8, and 10 hour shifts are all found in nursing depending on where you work. For example, nurses who work in surgery often work 8-4. School nurses work the same hours as the students go to school. Nurses in management positions tend to work business hours. There is a schedule to fit virtually any lifestyle when it comes to nursing.

Flexibility

Nursing has more flexibility than most occupations when it comes to flexibility of scheduling. Nurses typically work with administration to arrange future schedules. Some nurses choose to work 3 days straight, and get 4 days off. Some like to split it up to work every other day. You may even have the option to work a certain amount of days in an allotted time and then get a large number of days in a row off. This prevents you from using vacation days to go on a vacation.

Days/Nights/Weekends

  • There is also flexibility when it comes to the days and times of day nurses work. There are options to work days (7am-7pm) for people who want to follow a normal schedule.
  • There are options to work nights (7pm-7am) for night owls. Workers who choose the night option are usually compensated with a slightly higher hourly pay than their day shift coworkers.
  • Weekend options are also available to those who don’t mind working Fridays and Saturdays. These workers are sometimes compensated for taking the less desirable hours.

Full-time/Part-time/PRN

There are also options available that are not full-time. Part-time hours are common for nurses who have very busy schedules. With the flexibility of hours in nursing, many parents can work part-time and still raise their children.

There is also the option to work for a facility PRN (as needed.) By doing this, you tell the hospital that you can give them X amount of hours per week. If they need a nurse that week, they will call you to fill the position.

Next: Job Outlook in Nursing

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How Much Money do Nurses Really Make?

Hello and welcome to Part 3 of our “Can I Be a Nurse?” series, the first part to our guide of helping you get into the nursing school of your dreams!

In this series we talk about the profession of nursing in general. We tell you everything you need to know before deciding if nursing is the profession for you!

If you haven’t already, make sure you check out the previous articles listed here in order:

  1. What Nurses Do
  2. Where Do Nurses Work?

Today we discuss salaries for nurses. The fact that nursing is so diverse makes this conversation complex. There are several factors that will go into what you make as a nurse.

  1. Degree
  2. Experience
  3. Specialty
  4. Location
  5. Facility
  6. Negotiation

Median Pay

According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median yearly salary for nurses in 2012 was $65,470 ($31.48 per hour.) This means that half of nurses made more than this amount, and half of nurses made less than this amount. This number accounts for both nurses with associate degrees and nurses with bachelor degrees.

Lows and Highs

The lowest 10 percent of registered nurses earned less than $45,040.

The top 10 percent of registered nurses earned more than $94,720.

Compared to Other Occupations

Pay for nurses is roughly 1.88 times higher than the average occupation in America ($34,750 annually.)

Next: Job Outlook for Nursing

Further Reading

Check out these links to learn more about nursing salaries:

How Much Money Do Nurses in Your State Make?

How Much Does Each Nursing Specialty Make? (Infographic)

Registered Nurse: Salary (US News)

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Will You Be Able to Find a Job in Nursing? Job Outlook for Nurses

Hello and welcome to Part 5 of our “Can I Be a Nurse?” series, the first part to our guide of helping you get into the nursing school of your dreams!

In this series we talk about the profession of nursing in general. We tell you everything you need to know before deciding if nursing is the profession for you!

If you haven’t already, make sure you check out the previous articles listed here in order:

  1. What Nurses Do
  2. Where Do Nurses Work?
  3. How Much Money Do Nurses Make?
  4. What Hours Do Nurses Work?

Today we are discussing the job outlook for nursing over the next several years!

It is well known that the health care industry is reporting a severe shortage of nurses. If that is true, then why is it hard for some nurses to find jobs?

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently 2.7 million working nurses in America. Amazing! Between 2012 and 2022 it is estimated that over 526,000 more nurses will be needed. Why?

Our population is aging! People are living to be older and older thanks to modern medicine. Since people are living to be older, they tend to have more health problems and require more time in the hospital. This means more nurses are needed to care for them.

The baby boomers are retiring! The gigantic generation of baby boomers are retiring from nursing. Not only does this mean that more spots will open up in nursing due to retirees, but with such a large generation of people becoming seniors it is inevitable that the population in hospitals will go up.

By The Numbers

  • Between 2012 and 2022 nursing will grow 19% (faster than the average industry)
    • An extra 526,800 nursing positions will need to be filled.
  • With the large amount of nurses retiring, another another 525,000 positions will need to be filled to replace them
    • This brings the total to well over 1,000,000 nursing positions needing to be filled from 2012-2022.
  • Over 50,000 positions for nurse anesthetists, midwives, and nurse practitioners are expected to open up by 2022
    • This is a 31% increase from 2012!

So Why Do Nurses Struggle to Find Jobs?

It often depends on your geographical location. It has been shown that nurses in the South typically find jobs easier than nurses in the Northeast. A lot of this has to due with the recent recession our country was in and how different areas have recovered at different rates. Another reason is because the population is more dense in the Northeast, therefore there is more competition for each job.

Next: What Nursing Degrees are There?

For further reading check out the links below:

US Money – Registered Nurse

Nursing Job Outlook Sunny as Experts Project Need for More Than One Million New Nurses by 2022

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The View Apologizes to Nurses and Miss Colorado…Or Do They?

The View Gives Hollow Apology to Nurses

On September 15, The View disgustingly mocked Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson (second runner up) for her monologue on her career as a nurse. Claiming that she was wearing a costume and a doctor’s stethoscope while reading her emails on stage. In reality, she was telling the story of a patient with Alzheimer’s who made her realize how rewarding nursing is.

You can view her beautiful monologue and The View’s abhorrent response in my last article The View Mocks Miss Colorado (Nurse Kelley Johnson) For Emotional Monologue About Alzheimer’s Patient.

On September 16, The View offered an apology. Or did they? Watch the video and decide for yourself.

Like I said, decide for yourself. Here is my opinion.

The View has struggled for years, struggling to keep hosts and stay on air. The way they get people to watch is by stirring controversy and making headlines. I don’t think they expected this large of a response. Perhaps they didn’t know nursing is the largest profession in America. Obviously they didn’t know that, since they apparently didn’t know that nurses wear stethoscopes.

Michelle Collins starts out by saying they were talking about the talent show, not nurses. That’s an awesome argument, other than the fact that they publicly embarrassed a nurse (and the profession as a whole) on national television.

Michelle Collins, cohost of The View.

She then goes on to say she loves nurses and even says “clap for the nurses” and “you all deserve raises…give them more money…take my money.” Obviously a hollow compliment that anyone would say to any profession they offended.

Raven-Symone then says “You didn’t come for nurses, though. Did they hear the conversation? Did they know what you were talking about at all?” Wow. NURSES are the ones who don’t know what they are talking about? After the comment about a nurse wearing a “doctor’s stethoscope?” You mean to say that we because she misspoke (or at least claims she did) and we didn’t understand what she meant rather than what she said it is our fault?

Raven-Symone, cohost of The View

What if a doctor accidentally ordered KCL IV push. Would we be held accountable if we gave that drug the route he ordered? Would we be held accountable for doing what he said rather than what he meant? Oh wait…we would. Because we are trained to catch these mistakes. Okay…so that was a bad example. But you get my point.

Joy Behar then goes on to say that she wasn’t paying attention. She didn’t know she was a nurse. “I didn’t know what the hell I was talking about.” I have found it to be wise not to talk about something if I knew nothing about it. But I’m just a nurse.

Joy Behar, cohost of The View.

Michelle then continues to suck up to nurses, talking about how funny and comical they are.

Whoopi Goldberg then goes on and continues to blame nurses for misunderstanding the cohosts “You have to pay attention. You have to look at folks and say ‘Is that what she said or was she just making a joke?'” Again I hear “It is our fault you didn’t understand us when we ‘misspoke.'”

Whoopi Goldberg, cohost of The View.

I don’t believe nurses need an apology. I think we deserve one, but we don’t need one. Especially one this hollow. Unfortunately you can never take back what you have said. I would think talk show hosts would know this more than anyone, especially since these ladies are notorious for making absurd comments that come back to bite them. I think my biggest problem is the fact that millions of people actually listen to them. They’re able to get away with talking about topics they have no clue about.

As a nurse, naturally the first thing that comes to mind is education. Although The View might not know it, we educate our patients daily to fix what they are doing wrong. I believe the cohosts of the view honestly just don’t know any better. They need to be educated on what nursing really is. I want to see a show of them working alongside nurses for just one shift. One of them running around nonstop with a nurse in the emergency room. One making life-altering decisions with a nurse in the intensive care unit. One on a dangerous flight in a helicopter with a flight nurse, while saving the life a critically injured patient. And one with a hospice nurse as she makes the last moments of a patients life pain free and full of dignity. Maybe then they will understand why nurses wear costumes. Maybe then they will understand why nurses use “doctor’s stethoscopes.” Maybe then they’ll understand why nursing is my talent.

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Bonus! Michelle Collins’ Deleted Tweets About Nurses

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Where Can Nurses Work? (Hint: It’s NOT Limited to Hospitals!)

Hello and welcome to Part 2 of our “Can I Be a Nurse?” series, the first part to our guide of helping you get into the nursing school of your dreams!

In this series we talk about the profession of nursing in general. We tell you everything you need to know before deciding if nursing is the profession for you!

Check out part 1 “What Exactly Do Nurses Do?” before you read this article!

Today we discuss all of the possible places nurses can work. Most nurses do work in a hospital setting, but there are many places nurses work that you probably have never even thought about!

Hospital settings:

  1. Emergency department
    • Fast-paced, high octane environment
  2. Intensive care unit
    • Highly intelligent nurses taking care of deathly ill patients
  3. Operating room
    • Assisting and charting during surgery
  4. Cardiovascular
  5. Oncology (cancer)
  6. Psychiatry/mental/behavioral health
  7. Pediatrics
  8. Geriatrics
  9. Maternity
  10. Post-surgery
    • Monitoring and treating patients as they recover
  11. Travel companies
    • Get paid to travel and work in various hospitals throughout the country!
  • Many more specialized units

Alternate settings:

  1. Hospice (dying patients)
  2. Camps
  3. Your own office
    • As an entrepreneur
    • As a writer
  4. Places of worship
  5. Flight nursing (helicopters)
  6. Courts of law
  7. Military bases
  8. Prenatal/Well-baby clinics
  9. Home health care
  10. Schools
  11. Correctional facilities
  12. Poison control centers
  13. Rehabilitation centers
  14. Colleges
  15. Health clinics
  16. Pharmaceutical companies
  • Much more!

One of the beautiful aspects of obtaining a nursing degree is that it is extremely versatile. Even those who don’t like seeing bodily fluids have some options in the nursing field. For those who are worried that the hospital setting isn’t for them, there are countless other possibilities. For those who do want to work in a hospital, there are plenty of opportunities for you!

If you go into nursing, will you be able to find a job? Find out in our next section as we discuss the Job Outlook For Future Nurses!

Next: Job Outlook for Nurses: Will You Find a Job After Graduation?

For further reading on job settings in nursing check out the links below.

11 Unique Places Nurses with a BSN Degree Can Work

Where Do Nurses Work?

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The View Mocks Miss Colorado (Nurse) For Emotional Monologue About Alzheimer’s Patient [Video]

Miss Colorado Made Fun of For Emotional Story About Nursing

On Tuesday, September 15, popular talk show The View had a segment on the recent Miss America competition. In this segment, they proceeded to laugh at Miss Colorado, a nurse who decided to give a monologue about how rewarding it is to be a nurse.

In her monologue she talked about a patient that stood out and reminded her why she became a nurse. She discusses the struggles he had with Alzheimer’s and the struggles she had a nurse, and she told him that he isn’t “just” Alzheimer’s. He responded with then you’re not “just” a nurse, you’re my nurse.


Miss Colorado had the courage to tell a personal, emotional story on live television in front of millions of people. The View had the foolishness to make fun of her for it. They said she came out wearing a costume and a “doctor’s stethoscope” just to read her emails to the crowd.

Until you’ve worked as a nurse (or at least been close to a nurse) you have no idea how taxing the job can be mentally, physically, and emotionally. I’m sure it’s much different than sitting in a chair for an hour talking with your friends on TV.

I encourage nurses and supporters of nurses to boycott the show. Many nurses are sending The View and ABC Network selfies of them in their scrubs and stethoscopes. Share the message that #NursesMatter. Maybe we will see what “just a nurse” can really do.

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What Exactly Do Nurses Do?

How Do I Know if Nursing is for Me?

Hello and welcome to Part 1 of our “Can I Be a Nurse?” series, the first part to our guide of helping you get into the nursing school of your dreams!

In this series we talk about the profession of nursing in general. We tell you everything you need to know before deciding if nursing is the profession for you!

Do nurses prescribe medications? Are nurses doctor’s assistants? What do nurses DO?!

What Nurses Don’t Do

Nursing is a profession that has expanded drastically in the past few decades. Movies and television shows are notorious for misportraying nurses as sexy, submissive people with little-to-no medical training that just take temperatures and give snacks to patients. Only one part of this is true – we are sexy! All kidding aside, these portrayals are not accurate. If you go into nursing school thinking that you’ll come out with a glamorous job, that isn’t true.

What Nurses Actually Do

  • Assess patients for baseline data and changes from baseline data
  • Create nursing diagnoses for each patient
  • Plan interventions to ensure patients have the best possible outcomes
  • Implement these interventions
  • Evaluate, analyze, and alter these interventions as needed
  • Help doctors during exams and surgeries
  • Dress wounds and incisions
  • Teach patients about self-care and healthy habits
  • Lab work
  • Review patient treatment plans and measure progress
  • Promote good health
  • Administer medications
  • Interpret patient information and make critical decisions about needed actions
  • Coordinate patient care with other health care professions
  • Direct and supervise care delegated to unlicensed assistant personnel
  • Conduct research
  • Much more – depending on specific setting, experience, and degree

What you can do with a nursing degree is virtually limitless. For example, some nurses work as writers for medical shows and movies. Some work in forensics. Some work in law. Some are educators. The thought that nurses are stuck in a hospital is untrue.

Next: Where Do Nurses Work?

To read more about what nurses do check out:

What Nurses Do

What You’ll Do as an RN

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