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I start monday on training in a local nursing home in the kitchen. from 6 am to 2 pm about 4 days a week until im full time. The pay is 9.25 an hour plus benifits. Do most nursing homes allow you to gain more money fast? and is this a descent job to move out on into an apartment, my fiancee has a ful time job at around 8.50 an hour also

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    December 12, 2012 at 7:12 am

    It depends on where you live. In my area that is very good pay for those types of jobs, and no you don’t get more money unless you go get addtional training and licensures. The cost of living varies from city to city so you need to go price apartments look at all your expenses (ie make a budget) to figure out how much you can afford for an apartment and if you can afford one.

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    December 12, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Some nursing homes do not give routine raises to hourly workers like dietary staff, housekeeping, laundry or CNA staff. To often, some nursing homes work their workers hard, and a good indicator on how the nursing home treats its employees is the employee turn over rate. If there is a high rate of turnover with staff leaving, usually that is an indicator that staff are either being overworked or the nursing home is not a good employer.

    The positions which gain you money fast will of course be your nurses, department heads (dietary manager, housekeeping supervisor/manager, etc)

    As far as whether both of your incomes can sustain living in an apartment, if you both have not already, you should do a tentative budget. Include your apartment rent, include renter’s insurance (no matter what have renter’s insurance); food; cable; internet; and any other shared expenses you both have talked about sharing the expenses for. Also individually, include any debt or payments you individually have to make like car payments, gas, cell phones, etc. I highly recommend renter’s insurance…it is not expensive. When I rented a town home, my insurance was approximately $ 175-$ 200 a year. It is worth it because if your neighbor starts a fire, or if there is a bad storm and your items are damaged you are looking at a large loss. The landlords only insure their buildings, not the property of their tenants. Most of us pay more money for our cell phones and internet, so compared to that is pretty cheap! lol

    After you work through your budget, that will be your best indicator on whether your incomes can sustain your daily living.

    Best wishes on your new job!

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