I have an interview for the program that starts at the end of Oct 2011. I'm from Oregon and I was really looking forward to the interview because I think I have a good chance, but I'm not impressed with the pay. The nurse recruiter said they start at $22.50. New grads in Oregon and SW Washington start between $25-30, but jobs here for new grad here are scarce.
I really like the sound of the program and it seems like the new grads receive a lot of support/guidance, which I would love as a new nurse. But I don't know if it's worth it for me to move my life in Colorado to start out at 22.50, even though I would love the change of scenery. Plus cost of living in Denver is expensive, I'm sure.
I guess my question is: how long until they give the new grads a raise in the program? And if you would advise relocating if offered the job? Thanks.
Quote from kasperas
I'm in it now. It is a 2 year commitment, with the official program lasting the entire first year. There is 2 weeks of orientation, then a ton of classes the first few month. Critical care has a 6 month preceptorship, Med/Surg 12 weeks. There is a financial penalty if you leave before 2 years. The amount depends on if you are critical care or Med/Surg. It deceases based on the number of hours you work, but only after your first year. Starting pay is going up from what I got for the next new grad class (lucky them), but its about the same as everywhere in Denver, as Klone said, "24ish"...