GN pay

  1. Is there a rule about GN pay. I got paid RN wages from the minute I graduated. I work with two LPN's that just graduated but can't take their boards for about a month. Our DON immediately told them " Don't even ask for GN pay!" :angryfire I think they're getting ripped off. Any comments?
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  3. by   Jolie
    What they are paid is between them and their employer. Aside from a union contract, there is no rule or law that requires an employer to pay an LPN salary to an unlicensed graduate nurse. If they are not satisfied with the pay they are being offered, then they should negotiate or look elsewhere.
  4. by   nialloh
    Quote from Dixiecup
    Is there a rule about GN pay. I got paid RN wages from the minute I graduated. I work with two LPN's that just graduated but can't take their boards for about a month. Our DON immediately told them " Don't even ask for GN pay!" :angryfire I think they're getting ripped off. Any comments?

    When I graduated, they wouldn't even let me work as a GN (I was an aide at the time). I had to pass the boards. This goes for everyone.
  5. by   purplemania
    In Texas a graduate nurse can practice, under a permit, until they sit for NCLEX or the permit expires (whichever comes first). As for LVN's, they may not be in as much demand as RN's, so the pay is different. This is why I recommend continuing education. Almost every job has a ceiling for pay. The less education you have the sooner you reach that ceiling. It is good that you are sympathetic with your co-workers, but they have the option of going back to school too.
  6. by   heatherbless
    Quote from nialloh
    When I graduated, they wouldn't even let me work as a GN (I was an aide at the time). I had to pass the boards. This goes for everyone.
    It also depends on the regs of the state-some states recognize GN's and others don't/
  7. by   riern
    Quote from Dixiecup
    Is there a rule about GN pay. I got paid RN wages from the minute I graduated. I work with two LPN's that just graduated but can't take their boards for about a month. Our DON immediately told them " Don't even ask for GN pay!" :angryfire I think they're getting ripped off. Any comments?
    You'll learn very quickly that employers frown on nurses sharing their salary. I'm sure if you told some of the old timers what you make they'd hit the ceiling. Be careful getting into to any of those discussions. What you make is between you and your manager, keep it there.

    Words of wisdom!

    Marie
  8. by   Dixiecup
    Quote from purplemania
    In Texas a graduate nurse can practice, under a permit, until they sit for NCLEX or the permit expires (whichever comes first). As for LVN's, they may not be in as much demand as RN's, so the pay is different. This is why I recommend continuing education. Almost every job has a ceiling for pay. The less education you have the sooner you reach that ceiling. It is good that you are sympathetic with your co-workers, but they have the option of going back to school too.
    Guess I was unclear in my post. They just graduated RN school but are still getting LPN pay till they pass boards. :imbar
  9. by   nialloh
    Quote from Dixiecup
    Guess I was unclear in my post. They just graduated RN school but are still getting LPN pay till they pass boards. :imbar
    Maybe the hospital wanted to make sure you stayed and didn't look for a job elsewhere. The LPN's are already employees,and are unlikely to change jobs. So why pay more when they don't have to.

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