Help me understand pay scales, please.

  1. I am going into nursing from a very different field where everything was straight salary. Can anyone help me understand nurses wages? One is assigned an hourly wage. New nurses here is $22ish. If I am scheduled for 3-12hr shifts, that is usually considered F/T, right? Do I get paid for 36 hours only, or 40? Do you get paid for those inevitable hours that you work over your shift-or do you just eat it? What is shift differential and when does it come into play? What are some additional opportunities to bump your wages, holidays, overtime, et cet. that you have found?

    Thanks for the info. I just need some perspective!
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   Christie RN2006
    Where I work you get paid by the hour. On those nights/days that you have to work over you will get paid for that extra time. I get overtime pay for anything over 40 hours. I also get a night differential which is an extra 3 dollars an hour. We also have scheduled weekend, unscheduled weekend, charge, and stat pager differentials. Part time employees get holiday pay, but full time employees have to use their PTO hours if they want holiday pay (which I am bitter about...) We also have free parking. We get a cost of living raise every year (it isn't very much) and we have different "steps" that we climb for our bigger raises. I can't remember exactly how the steps system works, I just know that you cap out pretty quickly Every hospital is a little bit different, so make sure you ask about all the different things.
  4. by   ORSmurf
    I would suggest calling your Human Resources person to ask all those questions. It might vary depending on your hospital/employer.
    Where I work, you get a yearly "step" raise, and usually a cost of living increase also (keeping in mind, both are usually pretty small, only about 3% or so). We get paid OT for over 10hrs in a day or over 40hrs in a week (I work 10hr shifts).
  5. by   GrumpyRN63
    Where I work the E 3-11, N, and PM get shift diff AM people get screwed even tho 4hrs of their shift is on the eve end they get no eve diff, but the PM people get it all as nite diff which is higher than eve say you work PM's extra 4/hr and if its on a weekend add an extra 3.50 an hr or so above your base pay ,days get weekend diff only, d/e w/e is sat and sun, N/PM w/e is fri and sat . PTO is given to everyone at base pay.Holiday time is time and a half, so if your base is 30/hr, and you work N/w/e your making 37.50/hr, if its also a holiday your making 56.25/hr. Hope that helps, BTW, we only get preapproved OT working extra time over the end of your shift pays straight time, If you work36 hrs that's what they pay you you do get full time benies w/ 36 hr position
    Last edit by GrumpyRN63 on Dec 2, '07 : Reason: add on
  6. by   clhRN2b2010
    That's helpful. I'll take additional insight also.
    I am just beginning school, but was playing with numbers, hoping I could make enough to support our family after school so DH can advance his ed also. Looking at straight base pay is discouraging, but hearing about opportunities for additional comp. is good.
  7. by   KeyMaster
    So, how many of y'all get cost of living raises? Do you get merit raises also? We haven't had a COL raise in years, and management is told to keep the average merit raise for the department at 3%. You basically have to donate a kidney to earn enough points to get a Level I eval. You can bust your butt all year; work full time + pleanty of OT, take call, be on a hospital committee, & get positive letters from patients for your file, but unless your manager marks you as "consistantly goes above & beyond expected performance" in EVERY SECTION (eval is 7 pages long) you are still concidered "Average" - average raise is 2.5% to 3%. The last time we got a COL raise it was 2% across the board, but no merit raise that year. Everybody got a Distinguished evaluation then!

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