Howdy all,My wife will graduate nursing school
here in Colorado Springs, CO at PPCC next May. She has told me that she doesn't want to work in the Springs because they don't pay nurses right out of school very well. I have asked her if she has looked up in Denver and she hasn't. I am also in the USAF active duty and I don't retire until Dec 09. After that I have told her I would move anywhere she wants to work. So I am being proactive and trying to find out from anyone that can help me where is the best place to go to find out about nursing jobs
in Denver for nurses right out of school? Also, what is the pay scale like there? She has been thinking about going to Phoenix, AZ area because she has family there to work right out of school. Is that a better area than Denver? The thing is we also have three kids, my USAF committment, so she would be living with family and I would be here with the kids. I am trying to get all the info I can together so that I can show her that she doesn't have to leave right after school to work and to just wait three years for me to retire....thanks,
Aug 30, '06
Part of the reason is that we are having some marital difficulties (and I know that there are other forums for stuff like this but since most of y'all out there are women then I do appreciate your opinion), we are going to counseling as am I for myself, she has not started for herself yet. Like I said I am active duty AF, we currenlty live on base housing, and with the three kids. She has told me that she will make a decision or have to by next May when she graduates, she has said that doesn't mean she wants a "D" or separation, right now she really doesn't know what she wants to do for sure. It is just that the allure of sign on bonus, relocation pay, etc and her being able to live closer to her family gives her some sense of comfort.I have told her, and she doesn't like me saying this because it makes her feel bad, that I will move wherever she wants to work when I retire, regardless of our situation, just so our kids don't have one parent in one state and another parent in another. I have also suggested that I will try and move myself (get a waiver or something, find a job in my career field for the USAF) if she decides or finds something she cannot pass up.That is why I am trying to get educated as much as possible on the payscale for nurses right out of school here, AZ, etc so that we can then talk about it.She and I don't want to wait for three years and not work. I talked with a human resources lady today and nurses right out of school make $20.15hr at Penrose. I am trying to get a hold of Memorial and find out from them what their starting pay is for graduate nurses.
Last edit by retrvrman on Aug 30, '06
Aug 30, '06
20 year nurse (nurse manager/community health nurse) here...."hearing that pay in one place isn't so good" is meaningless. It sounds like an excuse to me. Sign on bonuses sound great but they evaporate quickly after taxes.
I've done staffing surveys around my state and wages don't really vary that much except to pay slightly more where cost of living is noticably higher.
I think your wife is looking for a reason to move to her family and has latched on to this as her rationale. I'd be very surprised if it is valid.
ETA: I strongly advise not postponing employment after graduation! Not one of the people I graduated with who "took a year off" ever ended up working as an RN. You lose so much... and the mental block about being a new grad seems to get bigger and bigger until it is insurmountable.
Last edit by Quickbeam on Aug 30, '06