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  1. by   RedreauxRN
    I live in Sioux Falls, SD. I'm a new graduate with a BSN. My starting salary at a long term care facility in the dem./Alz. unit is $14/hr + .50 for overnite and .50 for weekends. I therefore make $15/hr when I work overnite on Saturday or Sunday. -Plus a $1000 sign-on bonus paid $250 each quarter over the next year. In contrast, a fellow classmate of mine went into a "new graduate ICU internship" program at a local hospital with a starting wage of approximately $15.47/hr plus a $4000 sign-on bonus paid over a year's time. In a town only 65 miles from here the hospital RN (all units) starting wage is $13.67/hr. with no sign-on bonus. Rent for your average 2 bedroom apt. here is $560-$750 per month. I got LUCKY and got a 2 BR house with finished basement + Dbl garage for $600 +all utilities. (-thought I would include some cost of living info.) $23/hr sounds heavenly, but is the rent high??? I think that makes such a difference.

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  2. by   theduanes
    Like the rest of you, I find the salaries that nurses are paid are some what lacking, considering the responsibility that we bear. I have been a nurse for 15 years and have looked high and low for good jobs with good pay, but have found that they are becoming extinct. I now work as a self-employed contractor and make over $500.00 for a 12hr shift in AZ. You can too with a little effort and perseverance!! If any one is interested in how to work as an RN self-employed contractor, e-mail me at "theduanes@prodigy.net" mabe I can help.

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  3. by   auger1
    Originally posted by natbrat:
    What are some common nursing salaries for ER, Med surg, OR ICCU
    Highs and lows
    Salem Oregon
    Hospital pays from 15 to 30 an hour
    Department of corrections pays from 20 to 26 an hour. With great benefits. The state also kicks in 6% to retirement. The inmates are not what the movies show.




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  4. by   HazeK
    Here's some "proof" that we all go into/stay in nursing for more than just the money:

    Here's an example of some wage scales for *non-nursing* jobs...
    (don't faint when you read these... not one (!) staff RN in my specialty unit makes as much as anyone on this partial list!

    STATE OF NEVADA: Department of Business & Industry:Office of the Labor Commissioner: 2000-01 PREVAILING WAGE RATES:CLARK COUNTY
    APPLICABLE FOR PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS AWARDED
    OCTOBER 1, 2000 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2001
    Nevada Labor Commissioner Terry Johnson announced on Wednesday new prevailing wage rates -- the rates that must be paid on nearly all
    state and local public works --
    Air Balance Technician 38.64
    MECHANICAL INSULATOR (formerly Asbestos Worker) 36.92
    Bricklayer 27.26
    Bricklayer Foreman 29.19
    Carpenter-Journeyman 34.37
    Carpenter-Welder 34.72
    Carpenter-Foreman 36.35
    Carpenter-General Foreman 38.72
    Cement Mason-Journeyman 32.03
    Cement Mason-Foreman 33.53
    Cement Mason-General Foreman 35.28
    ELECTRICIAN- Communication Technician-Technician 37.26
    Communication Technician-Foreman 40.26
    Communication Technician-General Foreman 43.26
    Electrician Line-Groundman 26.73
    Electrician Line-Lineman 37.44
    Electrician Line-Foreman 40.80
    Electrician Line-General Foreman 43.65
    Electrician Line-Heavy Equipment Operator 33.61
    Neon Sign 30.03
    ELECTRICIAN- Wireman 33.78
    Wireman-Cable Splicer 37.48
    Wireman-Foreman 47.89
    Elevator Constructor-Journeyman Mechanic 42.61
    Elevator Constructor-Mechanic in Charge 46.91
    ** FENCE ERECTOR Fence Erector 28.79
    **FLAGPERSON Flagperson 25.79
    Floor Coverer 27.27
    GLAZIER Glazier-Architectural* 23.15
    Glazier-Master 34.21
    Glazier-Foreman 35.57
    IRON WORKER Ironworker 39.20
    Ironworker Foreman 41.20
    Ironworker General Foreman 43.20
    *LABORER
    Group 1 28.56
    Group 2 28.77
    Group 3 28.77
    Group 4 28.96
    Group 5 29.06
    Group 6a 30.30
    Group 6b 29.80
    Group 6c 29.55
    Group 6d 30.16
    Group 6e 29.80
    Group 7 28.87
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    Anyone else get nauseated reading that *partial* list? (I couldn't stand to copy the whole thing) Anyone else notice that even after 25+years as an RN, with a BSN,
    I still make less that the laborers on my county's construction projects? Ouch!
    Haze
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    resource: <http://www.state.nv.us/b&i/lc/00rates/clark.html>

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  5. by   oramar
    Originally posted by HazeK:
    Here's some "proof" that we all go into/stay in nursing for more than just the money:

    Here's an example of some wage scales for *non-nursing* jobs...
    (don't faint when you read these... not one (!) staff RN in my specialty unit makes as much as anyone on this partial list!

    STATE OF NEVADA: Department of Business & Industry:Office of the Labor Commissioner: 2000-01 PREVAILING WAGE RATES:CLARK COUNTY
    APPLICABLE FOR PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS AWARDED
    OCTOBER 1, 2000 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2001
    Nevada Labor Commissioner Terry Johnson announced on Wednesday new prevailing wage rates -- the rates that must be paid on nearly all
    state and local public works --
    Air Balance Technician 38.64
    MECHANICAL INSULATOR (formerly Asbestos Worker) 36.92
    Bricklayer 27.26
    Bricklayer Foreman 29.19
    Carpenter-Journeyman 34.37
    Carpenter-Welder 34.72
    Carpenter-Foreman 36.35
    Carpenter-General Foreman 38.72
    Cement Mason-Journeyman 32.03
    Cement Mason-Foreman 33.53
    Cement Mason-General Foreman 35.28
    ELECTRICIAN- Communication Technician-Technician 37.26
    Communication Technician-Foreman 40.26
    Communication Technician-General Foreman 43.26
    Electrician Line-Groundman 26.73
    Electrician Line-Lineman 37.44
    Electrician Line-Foreman 40.80
    Electrician Line-General Foreman 43.65
    Electrician Line-Heavy Equipment Operator 33.61
    Neon Sign 30.03
    ELECTRICIAN- Wireman 33.78
    Wireman-Cable Splicer 37.48
    Wireman-Foreman 47.89
    Elevator Constructor-Journeyman Mechanic 42.61
    Elevator Constructor-Mechanic in Charge 46.91
    ** FENCE ERECTOR Fence Erector 28.79
    **FLAGPERSON Flagperson 25.79
    Floor Coverer 27.27
    GLAZIER Glazier-Architectural* 23.15
    Glazier-Master 34.21
    Glazier-Foreman 35.57
    IRON WORKER Ironworker 39.20
    Ironworker Foreman 41.20
    Ironworker General Foreman 43.20
    *LABORER
    Group 1 28.56
    Group 2 28.77
    Group 3 28.77
    Group 4 28.96
    Group 5 29.06
    Group 6a 30.30
    Group 6b 29.80
    Group 6c 29.55
    Group 6d 30.16
    Group 6e 29.80
    Group 7 28.87
    ********
    Anyone else get nauseated reading that *partial* list? (I couldn't stand to copy the whole thing) Anyone else notice that even after 25+years as an RN, with a BSN,
    I still make less that the laborers on my county's construction projects? Ouch!
    Haze
    ********
    resource: <http://www.state.nv.us/b&i/lc/00rates/clark.html>

    This is not a shock to me, I come from a union family. The worst paid, non skilled person in my family makes $7.00 more a hour than I did on my last day at work. The skilled workers like plumbers and electricians make $10.00 to $15.00 more a hour than the average nurse makes, not to mention their opulent benefits. They also have pension funds and retirement funds so that they will be getting money from 2 sources when they retire. If women were allowed in to the trade unions back in the 1960s when I was making my life choices I would have for sure given it a shot.
  6. by   njdawn
    In central NJ, pay starts for new grad, any dept at $19.10/hr. But if you go 2 blocks over, pay is $5-$7 higher. But.... They do not hire many new grads, and if they hire you, will tell you you will get night shift in any dept. One new grad requested a day shift, any dept, but was told not to bother to apply because new grads only get night shift jobs! can't be too much of a shortage there huh? and this hospital, the nurses almost went on strike. Right before, the personnel was telling the nurses if they do go on strike they will all be fired! Even though this hospital has a union.
    The other hosp that pays $19.10 has no union.
  7. by   RNPROUD
    Originally posted by natbrat:
    What are some common nursing salaries for ER, Med surg, OR ICCU
    Highs and lows
    ----i've got 18yrs nursing exp. (& am a licensed/inactive veterinarian). Currently make 25.39/hr, 2.50 diff for nites, $1/hr extra for charge and or weekends. Tuition reimb. is 2K/yr. This in a level 1 Trauma center & teaching hosp. This **** pay coupled with poor staffing, management & doctor nonsense makes tomorrow my last day!!!! HOORAY! going to hosp. 20 mi away has 30.15/hr, also a level 1 & teaching hospital where the nurses aren't expected to practice medicine without a license.---------------------------
    weekend day diff is 15% of base pay, choice of a sign on bonus $1K or retention bonus $8K and $6000/yr tuition reimbursement.

    anybody else in DC metroarea got salary info?
    I'd really like to collect this and put it out there on the web for all area nurses to see.
  8. by   ransome1
    I am a lpn in a ltc facility i make 16.10 hr. but i don't have any benefits.
    I was just offered job at a correctional facility and i found out they have great benefits but 15.25 an hour. any suggestions? I'm thinking the correctional facility would be good experience.
  9. by   ransome1
    I am presently working at a ltc facility a new lpn starting 16.10 hr I've been there a year I elected not to get benefits. Or my salary would have been 14.00 hr.
    I've just been offered a job at a near by correctional facility with the state and good benefits at 15.25hr. no weekends.
    any body ever work in a correctional facility?
  10. by   V tach
    I am a new graduate working in a 40 bed ICU in Fort Smith, AR. I EARN $15.70 an hour which includes the 12% evening shift differential. Unfortunately, my hospital does not believe in differential according to clinical areas. Also, the differential for any certification is $.09 on the dollar and my facility does not pay for certification. That is also the differential for BSN degree nurses. The top end of the pay scale is somewhere between $21 to $25/hour. Incidentally, I made more money waiting tables which is upsetting because you can't kill a plate of fried chicken and your customers probably won't be trying to sue you .
  11. by   medicmike
    Well I am not a nurse yet, but I am a paramedic going to school for my RN to get more money. The start out pay for Paramedics in Arkansas is around 7.40 Hr. This is for 24 Hr's on 48 Hr's off. I looks like all the health fields need a raise. Do we all have to have MD behind the name so we can make any money?
  12. by   UnhappyLPN
    Im soooh disqusted with being a Nurse we are truly Underpain some more then other im live in CT and make 17.84 with a diff for both weekend and nite shift getting me up to around 19.84 weekdays and 21 on weekends, im also a Male and work long term care in a 500plus bed facilty, with and ACU unit and Rehab unit, with 2 Assisted living facilties pushing the total number of Resident close to 700, we just updated our computers AGAIN (all new PC's on every Nsg unit) and they are Crying the Budget Blues again its taken me over 6 Years to figure out why this profession is Underpaid , its because its a Female dominated profession and You Ladies have been working your butts off for Wayyyyyy too long, Nurses and CNA's alike are a Dying breed and the Patients are the Only ones whom are going to SUFFER
  13. by   ShannonB25
    As a student who will graduate in May of next year, I am very disheartened with respect to nurses' wages. Although even starting hourly rates are too low in my honest opinion, I think what bothers me the most is the fact that there is not more pay and more incentive for the wonderful seasoned nurses who have invested 15, 20+ years of their lives into this profession! If ANYONE deserves to be rewarded, let it be the ones who can offer the most- those with the most experience. That's who I truly want by my side as a beginning nurse (in addition to those of you who are in the earlier stages as well- I love all of you!) but the person who has the most to offer, who has helped to train the doctors themselves through the years, who can truly answer the questions that need to be answered in a critical moment- for the love of God, compensate those folks for sure! Where would we be without them? When I make it to that point in my career, I should not still be struggling to make ends meet. I should be compensated handsomely, as should all of these folks. Sorry about the sermon, guys. I'm tired and irritated by this stuff. Have a good night all.
    Sincerely,
    Shannon

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