May 17, '09 by HeartsOpenWide
I just got hired at $29.40 which includes a $3.00 night diff. includes benefits. My friend who got hired in Dec said the union is fighting for higher wages for us to match sister hospitals and if they do not nurses inl four hospitals are going to walk. I was told by one of the nurses on CNA that our hospital has the lowest paid nurses in California. When I mentioned another hospital in the area that I know makes less she said "thats different" (this hospital I mentioned is considered the red headed step child by some; they are a for profit and there are always rumors of them going under) so maybe she means the lowest out of the healthcare system I got hired at, they have several of them throughout the state.
The area of nursing makes a difference, another friend of my that graduated in December is a prison nurse and makes $85,000/year...thinking there must be some hazard pay in there..has to wear a stab vest and everything.
There is no real range for new grad pay since each state has such drastically different costs of living. In my area of California (which is cheaper than big city areas) you can still can not get a half decent home for under 250,000 (fortunately my husband is a contractor so we can get away with looking at the least decent ones), my cousin in Michigan is looking at a house for $45,000...you can not even buy a trailer in a trailer park for that here!
Last edit by HeartsOpenWide on May 17, '09
May 23, '09 by mamaellis2many
Here is Mobile, AL, no one is hiring new grads except for a choice few and i graduated cum laude. The nurse recruiter from a local hospital said their starting salary for new nurses in 19.00/hour. I am willing to relocate in order to get the experience. ANY IDEAS?
Last edit by mamaellis2many on May 23, '09
: Reason: forgot to add salary