Expected salary for new dialysis RN-with no experience - page 4

by Hum'nbird 44,459 Views | 35 Comments

Would like to know the average starting salary for a brand new dialysis RN with 6 weeks of training only, So. Calif area. I have been an RN for over 10 years with multi-area experience. :rolleyes:... Read More


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    I am new to dialysis, too. I was hired @$21.00/hr, $24.00/hr on Saturdays. I work 30 hrs a week and will be eligable for some limited benefits in the future (6 mos- 1 yr)

    I have been an RN for 3 years, and was an LPN for 7 years.

    The techs do pretty much run the unit, and make a lot of decisions that the nurses are not aware of.

    Today, I was the only nurse for 10 pts and it got pretty hairy. I have only been out of orientation for two weeks.

    I had one pt have chest pain, another go into arrythmias, and another had severe hypotension due to meds he was given at his nursing home before coming in to dialyze. We didn't know about him getting the meds 'til I called and asked.
    Four of the pts were caths, two were LifeSites.

    I like dialysis, but the work-load is too heavy at my unit, things can get dangerous. A new company is building a unit in my town. I'm going to apply.
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    I just talked to a place here in western mass that starts a new grad at 20.84. I guess that is good.
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    Originally posted by E-RN

    Gambro would train you. Starting salary is 16.00/hr ( I know bummer), then they would bring you up to 21.00 after 6 months. .
    E-RN: I have a question re Gambro...

    is their starting pay "regional" (according to geographical area) as with FMC, or is it across the board? Just curious. Of course I happen to live in one of the most economically depressed areas in the country here, so our pay for a new nurse (new grad or not!) to an FMC facility as starting pay is pretty shabby. As in $14.50/hr. And NO promise of increase in 6 mos., either, much less such a large jump !

    Would be interested to know.

    Thanx !
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    [QUOTE]Originally posted by Hum'nbird
    I am expected to perform their (tech's) work, everything from cleaning machines, priming, putting pts. on, monitoring them, take off - and do it all over again when next shift starts."

    Me, too. I give meds, chart, write care plans, call docs, too (I'm way behind on care plans). I'm not charge, though. I get tired of hauling bicarb jugs, filling paper towel dispensers, stocking supplies, too.
    It is too much.
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    [QUOTE]Originally posted by Hellllllo Nurse
    Originally posted by Hum'nbird
    I am expected to perform their (tech's) work, everything from cleaning machines, priming, putting pts. on, monitoring them, take off - and do it all over again when next shift starts."

    Me, too. I give meds, chart, write care plans, call docs, too (I'm way behind on care plans). I'm not charge, though. I get tired of hauling bicarb jugs, filling paper towel dispensers, stocking supplies, too.
    It is too much.

    Ever think about Davita? FORTUNATELY (and they HAVE treated me very well) I will be able to float to another clinic to make substantial OT and mileage $$$. I've been with them a year now and it was breaking my heart to even consider leaving. Gambro offered me over $4 LESS per hr.... Too, I felt that I owed it to my regional people to try to do their best to meet my needs - They can count on me, and it's nice to know that I can count on them in return.

    The past year that I have spent in dialysis (with Davita) has been the first time in my 15 year nursing career that I have NOT been desperate to get out of nursing. I don't know where you live, but you can check out www.davita.com --

    By the way, the company has been trying to get rid of the bicarb jugs - ours is in the wall. We do all work together to make sure everything is stocked. We have assignments (one will check the crash cart, another will check the phoenix meters, etc) - but Davita is so picky about how you draw up the meds that it's usually just the charge nurse who gives those.

    Maybe this will help you some? Don't let one bad company spoil you on something you might otherwise love...

    Good luck!
    Barb

    Oh, just as a PS....in this little rural south georgia town I get $23.38/hr. Plus an extra $3/hr when I float. Plus I get paid my regular rate per hour that I drive when I float, if I drive over 60 miles. Plus I get mileage at 36 cents / mile when I float. Maybe that will help ya some...
    Last edit by babs_rn on Apr 25, '03
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    Quote from jnette
    E-RN: I have a question re Gambro...

    is their starting pay "regional" (according to geographical area) as with FMC, or is it across the board? Just curious. Of course I happen to live in one of the most economically depressed areas in the country here, so our pay for a new nurse (new grad or not!) to an FMC facility as starting pay is pretty shabby. As in $14.50/hr. And NO promise of increase in 6 mos., either, much less such a large jump !

    Would be interested to know.

    Thanx !
    Hi jnette by any chance are u in the northwest region? i also love someone with autism!!


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