R.N. pay scale for Colorado - page 3

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My wife and I are thinking of moving to Colorado after we get our R.N. license. Any information about different cities, towns, hospitals, and pay would be helpfull. We live in a nice town in California 12,000 population and... Read More


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    Quote from renge1
    Hello Everyone,

    Are you all sure about the rates $22-23 hour for an RN....My friend's daughter completed the LPN program about 6mths ago and her starting pay was 22hr for a 12hour evening shift in
    Which hospital was she hired at?
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    long term care
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    Wow, that's great! It's NOT surprising to me that the hospitals will work very hard to keep wages suppressed and especially so, for the new grads. That's why people in Colorado need to vote YES on the propositions to ALLOW unions to come in and protect them. Break the "right to work" state and move forward!!
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    Quote from renge1
    long term care
    It could be she is working PRN....meaning she gets higher pay in lieu of benefits. 3 years ago I worked full time as a LTC LPN and made $19 hr on the night shift. and as a RN made $23 (new grad) but I know LPN's with experience make as much as new grad RN's.
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    Quote from hope3456
    It could be she is working PRN....meaning she gets higher pay in lieu of benefits. 3 years ago I worked full time as a LTC LPN and made $19 hr on the night shift. and as a RN made $23 (new grad) but I know LPN's with experience make as much as new grad RN's.
    I have heard the same thing and didnt believe it at 1st(or didnt want too!!) but the more I look in a lot of cases its true!
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    Quote from StudentNurseBean
    You get paid far better in Ca and they have a very strict nurse to patient ratio. However, the cost of living is far greater. I've called the hospitals in CS and Denver and most of their new graduates start around $23, which if you work nights, the total yearly salary equates to around $48k which is nothing for living there. I have family and friends who live there and all of them are making over 50K.

    Colorado is a "right to work" state and so, there are no unions in the state. However, my mother just recently told me that there is something on the ballot for November to "ABOLISH" the right to work and allow unions to come into the state and protect the workers. Soooo, if you are living in Colorado, get registered and pass this law

    Oh and I've heard from many nurses, the working conditions are deplorable and they have a low retention of nurses. I also found out from my friend who is a manager in the ER (not nurse) how much she is making. It's more than an RN and she is NOT college educated
    I currently live in a "Right To Work" state, and have been a part of a union in this state. Nothing illegal about that.
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    Quote from nurse2bKY
    I currently live in a "Right To Work" state, and have been a part of a union in this state. Nothing illegal about that.
    I'm sorry. I don't quite get your point. I don't think I made a reference to the illegality of it all.

    If this makes any reference to your point, I know of two nurses in the state of Colorado who have been fired for trying to start a union. A "right to work" state basically in lamens terms, can fire you for whatever reason; keep nurse to patient ratios the way they want and suppress wages. A union would protect workers in Colorado; better the working conditions; lower nurse to pt ratios and increase wages. Hopefully.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, as I work in a state that is covered by unions and also one the higher paying states in the country.
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    Sorry, maybe I misunderstood. I am in full support of unions, and was a member of one for several years. I am glad I had the union. And, the company and union were all located in a "Right to Work State". So, unions and "right to work states" are not mutually exclusive. Colorado can have unions in it. Companies cannot fire someone for talking about a union, even in a "right to work" state. That is illegal in all 50 states! Now, they can fire the person for other reasons, but not for bringing up a union conversation. Still, companies fire people for "other reasons", even though the real reason is that the person wanted a union. If there is enough solid evidence though, the company could be in big legal trouble. People in CO and other places shouldn't be scared of being fired for bringing up a conversation about a union. People need to stand up for themselves.
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    Quote from nurse2bKY
    Sorry, maybe I misunderstood. I am in full support of unions, and was a member of one for several years. I am glad I had the union. And, the company and union were all located in a "Right to Work State". So, unions and "right to work states" are not mutually exclusive. Colorado can have unions in it. Companies cannot fire someone for talking about a union, even in a "right to work" state. That is illegal in all 50 states! Now, they can fire the person for other reasons, but not for bringing up a union conversation. Still, companies fire people for "other reasons", even though the real reason is that the person wanted a union. If there is enough solid evidence though, the company could be in big legal trouble. People in CO and other places shouldn't be scared of being fired for bringing up a conversation about a union. People need to stand up for themselves.
    Agreed. And after re-reading your post, I am the one who misunderstood.
    Yes, it is illegal for them to fire for talking about starting a union. As you stated, they will fire for other reasons.
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    Does anyone know where exactly I need register to pass the law bringing unions to Colorado?


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