New Grad Pay in Virginia...

  1. Does anyone kow how much new grads start off making in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia?
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   ER_RN07
    I heard new grad RN's at Sentara start out at $19.50/hr.
  4. by   foreverLaur
    Quote from lpn2000
    I heard new grad RN's at Sentara start out at $19.50/hr.
    that is a joke, right? i made $26/hr as an intern when I was a sophomore in college working in business. my starting offer was significantly more than that.

    that is also about what my mom makes as an LPN (Ohio).
  5. by   llg
    I don't know the exact figure, but the $19.50 sounds about right. That's not counting differentials for evenings, nights, weekends, etc. Those can add several dollars per hour to that figure.

    I believe the salaries on the Penninsula (Newport News, Hampton, etc.) are a bit higher becuase of competition from the Richmond pressure.

    While the cost of living on the southside is not extremely "low" compared to the national average, it's not "high" either. It's actually about average. But there are rural areas within communiting distance where the cost of living is lower than average.
  6. by   al7139
    Hi,
    I live in Norfolk, and work for Sentara. I graduated in May of this year. My starting rate was $19.60/hr, BUT since I work the 3pm-11pm shift, I get a shift differential, so I actually make $27.60/hr. The night shift (11pm-7am) gets a diff of $9.00/hr. If you work only weekend days you get $6.00/hr diff. It may not be as high as I would make as a new grad in another part of the country, but llg is right in that the cost of living is lower here (although that has been changing recently).
    I have been told that the other hospital system in the area, Bon Secours, pays better, but my clinical experiences in school at their hospitals convinced me that Sentara was the way to go.
    Amy
  7. by   al7139
    Where do you go to school?
    Amy
  8. by   del2009
    Quote from al7139
    Where do you go to school?
    Amy
    Medical Careers Institute. Do you work 36 hours a week or 40? I wanted to work a 7pm to 7am shift on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights (36hrs), but I dont know how I would make my 40 each week. I have seen listings for those shiftd, but do they schedule you another 4 hours another day or something? Was it difficult getting the job? How do you like it? What school did you go to?...
  9. by   al7139
    Hi,
    I graduated from TCC.
    Most f/t nurses that work 3 12 hour shifts are scheduled for 36 hours. However, you must realize that you make the extra 4 hours up in staying over. I cannot count the times I was at the hospital later because I had to chart, etc. Just because you are scheduled to work 7p-7a does not mean that you walk out right at the end of shift. Plus, there is ALWAYS opportunity to work extra shifts (these pay OT) if needed.
    Getting the job was easy, and yes, I love it!
    BTW, there are several MCI grads on my unit and throughout the hospital.
    Good luck! Stay in touch!
    Amy
  10. by   del2009
    Quote from al7139
    Hi,
    I graduated from TCC.
    Most f/t nurses that work 3 12 hour shifts are scheduled for 36 hours. However, you must realize that you make the extra 4 hours up in staying over. I cannot count the times I was at the hospital later because I had to chart, etc. Just because you are scheduled to work 7p-7a does not mean that you walk out right at the end of shift. Plus, there is ALWAYS opportunity to work extra shifts (these pay OT) if needed.
    Getting the job was easy, and yes, I love it!
    BTW, there are several MCI grads on my unit and throughout the hospital.
    Good luck! Stay in touch!
    Amy
    Thank you so much. I am very happy to hear that. What hospital do you work at?

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