Being a nurse comes with a lot of responsibility alongside a sense of pride in knowing that you are helping others. But while the road to becoming a nurse already involves a fair bit of course work, there unfortunately isn’t much on helping nurses take control of their finances.
Staying on top of finances will help put you in the ideal position to pursue your financial goals, whether they include early retirement, travel, or just feeling more comfortable. For any nurse looking to take back their financial reigns, here are a couple of powerful tips.
Consider the Entire Employment Package
When looking for a position, nurses—like many job seekers—may focus on the hourly wage offered by a potential employer. But starting wages are only a portion of what has normally been included in the salary structure and benefits packages for nurses.
One way nurses can help boost their salary is by taking advantage of available pay or shift differentials. Many facilities will offer premiums, bonuses, and additional overtime for nurses willing to work off-shifts such as nights and weekends.
Another consideration to make is the benefits package. If you are a nurse looking to continue your education, you should ask your potential employer whether they offer tuition reimbursement. This could make it less costly to continue schooling, while also setting you up for higher pay once you get your next degree.
Determine Your Financial Priorities
Have you sat down and made a list of your specific financial priorities? Since most financial goals will require savings, knowing what your goal is before you get started will provide you with the motivation you need while also allowing you to determine how much you will really need to put away.
If you are saving for a house or other large purchase, determine what price range you want to consider, how much you will need to put away each month for the item or down payment, and when would be a good time to make the purchase.
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