Starting Pay for New Grads RN's in Southern CA - page 2

by Crystal74

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HI All, I was curious to know if anyone could tell me what the starting pay is for new grad nurses in souther ca. More specifically Kaiser or any other hospitals in the South Bay? Thank you Crystal:lol2:... Read More


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    As for moving back, there are tons of RN programs in the area. ADN programs generally require at least 3.0 and are either competitive base (higher grades get in) or wait listed. The BSN programs are all competitive based and would need a 3.5 gpa on average. There are other factors to. My wife barely got into a BSN program with a 3.0, after retaking the TEAS test to get a higher overall score...

    I'd go for your BSN if any way possible. Seems that BSN's are getting the jobs faster than ADN's, because the hospitals are getting pickier. If your a pre-nursing student, I'm pretty confident that the economy will turn around by the time you finish and get your license. 2013-2014?
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    Quote from jojonavy
    As for moving back, there are tons of RN programs in the area. ADN programs generally require at least 3.0 and are either competitive base (higher grades get in) or wait listed. The BSN programs are all competitive based and would need a 3.5 gpa on average. There are other factors to. My wife barely got into a BSN program with a 3.0, after retaking the TEAS test to get a higher overall score...

    I'd go for your BSN if any way possible. Seems that BSN's are getting the jobs faster than ADN's, because the hospitals are getting pickier. If your a pre-nursing student, I'm pretty confident that the economy will turn around by the time you finish and get your license. 2013-2014?

    I am wondering what about if you get a MSN? Would you get more chance to be hired as well? I got a bachelor degree in Finance, now I am considering to change my career. And I am planning to get into the accelerated BSN program if they would accept me, otherwise, I would have to think of the Entry level - MSN program as well. Depend on which one would accept me as all the nursing programs are so competitive. However, I would have to take all the pre-requite courses first.
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    Quote from NurseCubanitaRN2b
    As a LVN I make about that in the Bay Area. My pay isn't that far from the starting pay for a RN. That's pretty sad since San Diego up the coast to the LA area are very expensive to live in.
    We know.... Kaiser nurses in Orange County were going to start fighting for higher wages...hoping to make closer to what we should be making as the bay area nurses. But then the economy hit....
    I'm hoping to go back north eventually to where I'm from and family is, but I know how difficult it is to obtain a job there also.
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    VA Long Beach new grad
    Critical Care (ICU/ER)

    Starting ~$35.00/hr (+3.50 night diff) = $38-$39/hr
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    Quote from james1twentyseven
    Hi, I recently graduated and from where I've been hired and where some of my friends have been hired this is what I've found the salary to be for a new grad:

    Saddleback Memorial-$31.90 ($5/hr differential for night shift) TOTAL: $36.90/hr

    Mission Hospital-$28/first 8 hrs, then time and a half for last 4 hrs ($3.5/night differential) TOTAL: $35.50/hr

    CHOC-Im not positive but I know that the night differential is about $7/hr, specialities pay more : NICU is about $40/hr

    Hoag (ER-$40/hr) + you get a pay raise if you have a BSN

    I would say most of the hospitals in the OC salary should be between $30-40/hr

    Hope that helps!

    So if new grads are making around $30-40/hr. What are the projection of salary in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years? Given that you do what a good nurse would do, ie. get superior ratings, ACLS, PALS, certify in their specialty (CCRN, CEN, etc...)
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    Fontana Kaiser New grad RN's start at $35, and in a matter of 6 years up to $50. New contract just passed, probably increased.
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    Is 40 dollars an hour sufficient enough to make a decent living in Newport beach?

    I will be relocating to the area, and will be renting an apartment, so I wont be looking to purchase a home. But coming from Michigan, what am I to expect in terms of taxes and everything?

    40 hr x 36hr = 1440 a week. How much of that will I actually take home on average?
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    i think that you will be ok living in newport beach. as far as how much you take home depends on your deductibles. but i think that you will be fine for sure if you are single.
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    A good way to estimate take home pay is about 75% of gross, meaning plan on 25% of your salary going to payroll taxes. Maybe a little conservative for some but better safe than sorry. I do HR in Southern CA right now and this is what I usually advise my friends and family.
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    Quote from AMAC8487
    Is 40 dollars an hour sufficient enough to make a decent living in Newport beach?

    I will be relocating to the area, and will be renting an apartment, so I wont be looking to purchase a home. But coming from Michigan, what am I to expect in terms of taxes and everything?

    40 hr x 36hr = 1440 a week. How much of that will I actually take home on average?
    Hey there!

    Congrats on the move! Welcome to cali! I don't know if you found a place yet but I wanted to let you know that Newport Beach is a little more on the expensive side usually ranging 1500-1900/month. You might want to look into South Coast Metro area. It's in Costa Mesa so it's a bit cheaper (avg 1200/month) but it's in the nicer part of costa mesa. It's by the mall and the freeway so there's lots of shopping an easy accessibility. I'm thinking you got a job at Hoag since you're asking about Newport. South Coast is still very close to Hoag. ALSO, There's huntington beach (my personal favorite) which is right next to Newport and has more reasonable pricing. Happy hunting! I hope you find a great place.
    Last edit by Mrs.Hyder on Jul 18, '12 : Reason: I didnt add the quote for the person i was replying too
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