How Much Are You Worth Per Hour? - page 2

Just returned from trip to my mechanic. He charges $50.00 per hour. I am wondering how much you all feel you are worth per hour? Since I am not yet a nurse I will defer to the experts. Gerry... Read More

  1. by   nekhismom
    Well, while we're talking about it, I suggest a sliding scale for pay. It works like Insulin SS does. For example, let's say we're on a med/surg floor, and base pay for RN is 20/hr. Now, if I have 0-4 pts, I will make $20/hr. For every pt. my workload is increased by, I will add an additional $10 dollars/hr, up to 7 pts. Once I get to 8 pts, I will make $80/hr, or I will have the option of lending my extra $40/hr and extra 4 pts. to another nurse who will come in and take over those 4 pts. Sounds like a plan to me!!! That way, if you can handle more than 4 pts, you can make extra $$, but if the pts. are too much, you get more staff. That way, everyone's happy.

    So when are we opening our nurse owned and operated hospital???
  2. by   tiredfeetED
    EWW...Sliding Scale....i like the sound of that!!! Mechanic...ohh...that reminds me i have to go pick up my Car from the mechanic..BILL $300 for oil change and to hook up the machine to see why it says INSPECTION, he stated that the light was on r/t remind to service...Aye Caramba..What happen to the good days of being to do your own oil change..
    Guess its not to bad.... could be worse...DT 0.5cc=$160 in our ED. :uhoh21:
  3. by   epg_pei
    Quote from nekhismom
    Well, while we're talking about it, I suggest a sliding scale for pay. It works like Insulin SS does. For example, let's say we're on a med/surg floor, and base pay for RN is 20/hr. Now, if I have 0-4 pts, I will make $20/hr. For every pt. my workload is increased by, I will add an additional $10 dollars/hr, up to 7 pts. Once I get to 8 pts, I will make $80/hr, or I will have the option of lending my extra $40/hr and extra 4 pts. to another nurse who will come in and take over those 4 pts. Sounds like a plan to me!!! That way, if you can handle more than 4 pts, you can make extra $$, but if the pts. are too much, you get more staff. That way, everyone's happy.

    So when are we opening our nurse owned and operated hospital???
    Just to gum the works, how much extra do I get for having a BSN, as opposed to "just" a ADN?

    Dontcha love all the little ins and outs of this profession. I'm not even an RN yet and I've become quite cynical
  4. by   1styear
    Hmmm I think mechanics hold more people's lives in their hands then do you. I would wager more people get killed from auto malfunction and accidents then do giving birth. Get off the high horse, Many DOCTORS and SURGEONS don't even walk around high and mighty about saving lives(and some of them have direct and amazing impact)> not saying nurses don't save lives but lets put things in perpsective
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I am on no high horse...but i am sorry, someone serving coffee is not making day to day decisions that affect lives the way nurses, medics and doctors do. mechanics? i never addressed them....did I? SO lets do so:

    I have to agree, they hold the lives of MANY in their capable hands....just ask my husband.

    He is a jet engine mechanic. Talk about MANY LIVES??? yep his quick thinking stopped a jet fire in seconds that could have consumed a plane and several lives on the ground. So, He would argue your point as poignantly and convincingly.

    But then I never said mechanics are not worth their money, did I? I just can't see folks at Walmart or Tim Horton's making what mechanics or nurses/doctors do. Just can't.



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  6. by   dphrn
    Quote from nekhismom
    Well, while we're talking about it, I suggest a sliding scale for pay. It works like Insulin SS does. For example, let's say we're on a med/surg floor, and base pay for RN is 20/hr. Now, if I have 0-4 pts, I will make $20/hr. For every pt. my workload is increased by, I will add an additional $10 dollars/hr, up to 7 pts. Once I get to 8 pts, I will make $80/hr, or I will have the option of lending my extra $40/hr and extra 4 pts. to another nurse who will come in and take over those 4 pts. Sounds like a plan to me!!! That way, if you can handle more than 4 pts, you can make extra $$, but if the pts. are too much, you get more staff. That way, everyone's happy.

    So when are we opening our nurse owned and operated hospital???
    That sounds great! Do continue...
  7. by   qc rn
    Today first pt.sob with blue ring around lips. Second pt. has a little chest pressure he says he ate something bad this am but can not understand why his left arm feels so heavy and he is sweating. Next fell 6 feet from a ladder can not bear weight has bump on left side of head size of oh lets see a large apple at least. He vomits on my new lab coat. IV,nitro,o2,ekg,o2,solumedrol iv push, neb tx,xray,bledsoe boot,sling,ct head. that takes care of 2hrs. at work. What am I worth,much much more than I make.
  8. by   nekhismom
    Quote from epg_pei
    Just to gum the works, how much extra do I get for having a BSN, as opposed to "just" a ADN?

    Dontcha love all the little ins and outs of this profession. I'm not even an RN yet and I've become quite cynical
    Oh, I dunno, I say since all RN's have the SAME scope of practice, they get equal pay for equal experience. THe more experienced you are, the more $$ you get. LPN and CNA experience will be considered, as will any direct pt. care experience.

    However, I do suggest extra $$ for call, charge, prn w/o benefits, etc. I don't know what that would be. I guess we'll have to get a vote.

    And qc rn, you could have benefitted from my sliding scale pay today. With pts like those, you could have called in another nurse. That reminds me, I would have to take acuity into account with the pt. ratio. Any suggestions??

    And other floors would need different scales. ICU, L&D, step-down, ER, PACU, etc. all have different limitations on how many pts. they can safely care for. See, since this will be in a nurse owned and operated facility, the nurses will get to set the standards. Oh, and let's not forget that all of our management, who will be RN's and maybe even advance practice RN's, will be required to do actual patient care at least 10 hours/week so that they can see how their policies affect the bedside nurses.

    I guess if we are going to have L&D, and a PACU, we might actually want to employ some doctors who can perform surgery. But they will work under our terms and conditions, and WILL NOT believe themselves to be gods in our workplace.

    Any other suggestions are welcome.
  9. by   epg_pei
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    I am on no high horse...but i am sorry, someone serving coffee is not making day to day decisions that affect lives the way nurses, medics and doctors do. mechanics? i never addressed them....did I? SO lets do so:

    I have to agree, they hold the lives of MANY in their capable hands....just ask my husband.

    He is a jet engine mechanic. Talk about MANY LIVES??? yep his quick thinking stopped a jet fire in seconds that could have consumed a plane and several lives on the ground. So, He would argue your point as poignantly and convincingly.

    But then I never said mechanics are not worth their money, did I? I just can't see folks at Walmart or Tim Horton's making what mechanics or nurses/doctors do. Just can't.



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    No-one said it was critical, I just think it says something that they work their asses off to pour coffee for people who often make a lot more and do a lot less. I am envisioning an expensive SUV at a drive-thru window right now....people who work at Tims don't drive SUVs, they don't make enough.

    I am a former NDT tech. I am the guy who told the mechanics it was ok to use the parts that made the jet engine work. The lives were in my hands. I made less than they did. Cipher that.
  10. by   1styear
    Sorry I didn't mean for it to sound like I was trashing you, I just get tired of some people in th health field thinking they have the most important positions in life. That's not necessarily you. It's been a long day/night of care plans --forgive me
  11. by   rollingstone
    Whatever the market will bear. I now some nurses who are independent contracors who bill the hospital $55.00/hr.
  12. by   WyomingRN
    Rollingstone - actually $60 - and somethimes $65 - but what is $5 when one is getting paid what one is worth? I just mailed an invoice yesterday - and will mail another one out by weeks end. And yes, most of the $$ goes directly into MY pocket. And working out of the house keeps the overhead low.

    While at the accountants, my husband asked the accountant if she would have ever gone to college if she had known that she would only make $18-$25 an hour. She said, "No way!"

    Well neither did I. In Wyoming, most paralegals with just five years - which require absolutely no college - make 20 percent more than a 10 year RN.

    I said to heck with that crap. Now I make more than a paralegal. Moreover, regardless of the scope of practice, I didn't pay for 4 years of college to make the same amount as someone (in any field) who only paid for two years of college (or none at all).

    Smiling - I'm with you on this one. Mechanics don't work nights, weekends or holidays. Mechanics are not under the pressure of a nurse to make snap on the spot decisions. They can take an extra five minutes to decide what to do next. Quite often, a nurse can't.
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    WAY TO GO WYOMING!!

    I want to know how you do it; you are doing what I DREAM of doing......the money does not motivate me as much as the desire to be self-directed and employed as well as not taking out and out garbage from doctors, aggressive families/patients and greedy self-centered administrators. I really want to be where you are......maybe it's envy , but more, it's admiration I have for people like you making their way and being so happy about it! WAY TO GO!

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