how do i max my income as new grad - page 5

need help from experienced RNs on how i might maximize my salary and earning potential when i graduate as RN in May. Is it negotiable, do you have to take what they offer? What is the highest... Read More

  1. by   herrera2
    It never hurts to try and negotiate. When I was a new grad, I went to the different hospitals and checked around. I got the hospital I wanted to work at to pay me $2.00 more an hour by negotiating. You also may want to check into diabetic homehealth for a side job. Most places (at least around here) pay by the visit and it adds up quickly.) Best of luck!
  2. by   youngEd
    Quote from focker-male nurse
    thx damarystx and youngEd.

    So as a new grad RN in Birmingham I am looking at about 45 to 50k a year that would be a 150,000 home right? That is doable in Alabama

    my advice would be to move out of alabama simply because its alabama :lol

    seriously though, get situated in your career before you start making plans to buy something big like a house.

    some people work for years to get up to 45/50k. but by that time they have saved and bumped up thier credit.
  3. by   focker-male nurse
    Quote from herrera2
    It never hurts to try and negotiate. When I was a new grad, I went to the different hospitals and checked around. I got the hospital I wanted to work at to pay me $2.00 more an hour by negotiating. You also may want to check into diabetic homehealth for a side job. Most places (at least around here) pay by the visit and it adds up quickly.) Best of luck!
    Wow thanks. I knew somone out there has pulled it off.
    thanks for the advice.

    matt
  4. by   focker-male nurse
    Quote from youngEd
    my advice would be to move out of alabama simply because its alabama :lol

    seriously though, get situated in your career before you start making plans to buy something big like a house.

    some people work for years to get up to 45/50k. but by that time they have saved and bumped up thier credit.
    I would consider moving but we have a great network of friends and family and I cant leave that. Besides Birmingham has many hospitals to choose from and the quality of living isn't bad in the burbs.
    thx again
    matt
    Last edit by focker-male nurse on Jan 7, '07 : Reason: add
  5. by   youngEd
    Quote from focker-male nurse
    I would consider moving but we have a great network of friends and family and I cant leave that. Besides Birmingham has many hospitals to choose from and the quality of living isn't bad in the burbs.
    thx again
    matt

    im in tucson, arizona.

    im done with the prereqs as of this summer. everywhere has a waiting list 2 years long, so im graduating community college with an associates in liberal arts. im gonna pay about 10-15k to go to nursing school in phoenix (apollo college), complete 3 semesters there and graduate with my AS in nursing and get my RN.

    then im gonna move back to california, work with my associates up to a bachelors.

    hopefully by then i can apply to medical school after i have the pre-med courses done. if not ima get my NP.
  6. by   focker-male nurse
    Sounds great. WOW! waiting list is 2 years long? I go to a Comm College here and got in 1st try, guess alabama aint that bad after all....lol.
    I graduate in may and then I wil begin the 1 year step program for my bachelors which is completly online and NO CLINICALS!!!!!!!!!!! I then plan to go to be a CRNA like everyone else in nursing. Bet I won't get in 1st try in that program. lol
    Good luck to ya
    matt
  7. by   cardiacRN2006
    In Tucson, the waiting list is at least 2 years long, but the last time I spoke with one of the nursing directors I heard it was longer.


    Quote from youngEd

    seriously though, get situated in your career before you start making plans to buy something big like a house.

    some people work for years to get up to 45/50k. but by that time they have saved and bumped up thier credit.

    I purchased my home (being built now) after I graduated but before I started working.
  8. by   Ohmygosh
    Quote from focker-male nurse
    Sounds great. WOW! waiting list is 2 years long? I go to a Comm College here and got in 1st try, guess alabama aint that bad after all....lol.
    I graduate in may and then I wil begin the 1 year step program for my bachelors which is completly online and NO CLINICALS!!!!!!!!!!! I then plan to go to be a CRNA like everyone else in nursing. Bet I won't get in 1st try in that program. lol
    Good luck to ya
    matt
    I also live in Alabama...can you give me more details on the one year-online bachelors program you are speaking of?? Thanks in advance:spin:
  9. by   jov
    Quote from wincha
    My advice is to get the best experience in the most needed criticial speciality ie ICU, ER ect.... put the max in your 401 K now, go back to school and get an advanced degree ie NP or anesthetist. Look at the long term.
    Here in Illinois (just outside Chicago) NP's only make about $60...$70k max unless you have experience and shop around a good long time. Seems NP's don't make much more than RN's -- add in the RN's OT and hospital bennies and you might want to stay right there.

    Am not an RN yet (semester 4/5 for BSN) but at our last clinical, the hospital told us we could work 12 hr shifts (7a-7p) F, S, Su, get 1 weekend off every 4 weeks and the pay for us brand new RN's was $42/hr.
  10. by   focker-male nurse
    Quote from Ohmygosh
    I also live in Alabama...can you give me more details on the one year-online bachelors program you are speaking of?? Thanks in advance:spin:
    Sure.
    jacksonville state university has one. look up Jacksonville State University
    also UAB University of Alabama School of Nursing at UAB
    JSU is cheaper and only requires inorganic chem not organic, UAB requires both. And UAB also requires pathophysiology which JSU does not. And lastly, JSU doesn't do clinicals for this program, I'm not sure about UAB.
    There may be other programs in the state but I am not sure.
    You have to have all the nursing prereqs done for your BSN which is a little more involved than an ADN's requirements.
    The program is designed for liscensed RN's who have a two year degree and want to convert it to a four year BSN.

    I hope this explains it.
    Good luck,
    matt
  11. by   damarystx
    Quote from focker-male nurse
    thx damarystx and youngEd.

    So as a new grad RN in Birmingham I am looking at about 45 to 50k a year that would be a 150,000 home right? That is doable in Alabama
    50k would be about 150k home loan again rough estimate and 50k annually is about 24 an hour based on a 40 hr work week.
  12. by   Ohmygosh
    Quote from focker-male nurse
    Sure.
    jacksonville state university has one. look up Jacksonville State University
    also UAB University of Alabama School of Nursing at UAB
    JSU is cheaper and only requires inorganic chem not organic, UAB requires both. And UAB also requires pathophysiology which JSU does not. And lastly, JSU doesn't do clinicals for this program, I'm not sure about UAB.
    There may be other programs in the state but I am not sure.
    You have to have all the nursing prereqs done for your BSN which is a little more involved than an ADN's requirements.
    The program is designed for liscensed RN's who have a two year degree and want to convert it to a four year BSN.

    I hope this explains it.
    Good luck,
    matt
    Thanks Matt!! I appreciate the information ...I am definitely going to look into the JSU program once I graduate in May. Do you have any hard numbers on the cost of this program? Unfortunately I only have one of the (non-adn) pre-req courses, so I would definitely have to work on that. Do you know if JSU offers all those pre-req's online as well?
  13. by   MsKieshaRN
    I'm in Cleveland, OH, and I just Graduated in December. I was offered a position in a nursing home and the starting for a new grad including a second shift differential is 27.71. The same faccility has a MDS nurse position that starts at 25.83. This place boasts having the highest start rate in Cuyahoga county. I was also offered a position on two different floors in the hospital where I work, and one floor is salaried, so the rate is 48,900 which breaks down to about 23.50s/hour, and the other floor is paid hourly, so it is 22.33. A classmate of mine was offered a position with the hospital down the street from where I work and was offered only a few cents more. so you see ya have to pretty much look around. btw I have an associates degree if it matters in pay rate.

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