A young Australian nurse who earns as much as $5,000 a week has opened up about her enviable salary just three years into her professional career.
Keeley Starling, from Western Australia, has been cashing in big time working as a specialist travel nurse – a job she boasts can essentially double a regular nursing income.
While she sacrifices benefits like annual leave and sick pay, Ms Starling earns roughly $130,000 a year as a travel dialysis nurse.
Dialysis nurses predominantly monitor patients with kidney failure throughout their treatments and assess and care for patients on a day-to-day basis.
Ms Starling shifted into working as a dialysis nurse after becoming an enrolled nurse about three years ago.
While registered nurses are required to complete a three-year Bachelor of Nursing course, enrolled nurses can complete a Diploma of Nursing in two years.
She then had to get two years of post-graduation experience before she could begin travel nursing.
Ms Starling first worked in aged care where she was on a $52,000 annual salary, then worked in a remote dialysis position for $89,000 per year.
She eventually moved into her current position as a travel dialysis nurse, which involves an agency deploying her to different workplaces that require her skills.
Ms Starling has shared several videos to her TikTok highlighting the many perks of her job.
“I don’t get annual leave or sick leave, but I do get a higher pay and also other fringe benefits like free accommodation,” she told viewers in one video.
“Keep in mind doing overtime, afternoon shifts, all those penalty rates [and] public holidays increases your pay.”
She recently banked $3,100 after tax in a single fortnight, although said she earned closer to $5,000 a fortnight during a stint in the Northern Territory when lots of nurses were sick with Covid.
“I’m very grateful for how much I get paid and I definitely recommend travel nursing,” she told viewers.
Ms Starling said she chose to go into a diploma instead of university after high school because she wanted to “get straight into the workforce”.