Salary For RN's

  1. Hi Everyone,

    I am not sure of this topic. But wondering if anyone can tell me what are the salaries for RN's in California. Secondly, is it advisable to use a agent to get a job. Thirdly, with so many advertised positions for RN's is there a shortage of nurses in the industry. If not California what is a good place to move to in the US. 4thly do hospitals recruit directly and allow you to do the NCLEX once to reach the US, but then the NCLEX documentation takes time, how do they wait so long or go about it. Is it worth moving to the US from Australia. I cannot find a single agent here who hires people for US since there is a shortage here itself. Its just that my kids like the place (US) CA. I am in a predicament should I move to the US or not. Personally Australia is a great place to be. But, I want to see my kids happy. BIG PREDICAMENT.
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  3. by   BennyRNCA
    Salaries can range from $23 to over $60 an hour, are you a new grad or have a couple of years of RN experience?

    Nursing shortage is for the experienced nurses. Years ago, hospitals had to meet a new mandated patient to nursing ratio, so hospitals were going on a hiring spree, offering $10,000 signing bonus, visa sponsorship to get more experienced nurses to quickly staff up or the hospital could be fined very heavily or even closed. Times have changed and now we have a 50% unemployment rate for new grad nurses in CA (look up the recent CA BON 2011 survey for the facts) and it's pretty much true for all 49 states.

    I don't think you'll find any "agent" to help out and if you do, I would be very cautious about using their services as they will probably charge you $1,000's for something you can do yourself and not able to deliver the moon.

    As an Aussie citizen, you will need a SS# to apply into CA. There's a very few states left-over that doesn't require a SS#, as it's actually a federal regulation and not all states have implemented it yet. Some states like NM allows you to take the NCLEX without a SS#, but they will not issue you the actual license until you provide them with a valid SS#. So you really don't have a license to endorse over to any other state. Some try to get their licenses out of state then try to endorse it into CA, but it will not work and will be denied.

    Basically, if CA is your final destination, then simply try to get into the CA system, others trying to go thru the backdoor is only finding themselves spending so much $$$ for fees and testings just to find the door is locked as they will not meet the minimum CA BON standards.

    Assuming you do get a SS#, you must know that the CA BON has tighten down their educational requirements even with decades of outside nursing experience and must meet the same standards any and all CA students do. I would double check to see if your college courses has the sufficient clinical hours, make sure you have taken the minimum courses required and that you took ALL your courses both clinical and the theory part in the same exact semester, with no gaps. You will find from the International section, those coming in from the Phililpines have all but a handful if that, been denied by the CA BON. It's not only those from there, but from India, UK, Ireland, Russia. It only takes one missing or insufficient item to get the declined letter.
  4. by   Celestial2311
    Thanks for the advice. Benny
  5. by   BennyRNCA
    Just to update on the salaries, these are for recent new grads hourly wages, not including any OT or differential pay, just the base start:

    $24.00....Children's Hospital LA
    $46.24....UC Davis MC

    One must be very aware that these new grad jobs are very limited, with only 20-40 plus openings and on average 1,800 to close to 2,400 applicants. You can only apply with a BSN degree within the first year of your graduation date. They do tend to pick from the top of the creme students (some require a minimum of a 3.50 overall GPA), some prefer that you did your clinicals in their hospital. Some require zero nursing experience, some less than 6 months, some less than 1 year of RN experience.

    Some require that you apply with your RN license number, some require that before you start the orientation that you possess your RN license.

    None offers any sort of visa support or assistance, with the current tough nursing market, there's no need for them to wait years or finance anyone.