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What are some common nursing salaries for ER, Med surg, OR ICCU Highs and lows... Read More

  1. by   Linda J
    In the area that I live in NC the nursing salaries for new grads start around $15.30/hr and max out at $23.00/hr. I work in the OR setting and am paid no more than any other nurse in any other setting in the hospital. We of course are overworked, underpaid and under-resepected by administration, physicians and management. There is no separation of salary between ADN, BSN or diploma nurses.
  2. by   iamme457
    I live in Pittsburgh PA, the base hourly rate I make is $17.71 add $1 an hour to night shift. I work in Med/surg ICU have 8 years experience including ER, Trauma and Critical Care Transport(flight)the hospital I am working in may end up going out of business.
    I supplement my income with agency assignments, on a weekday at a nursing home I make $24/hr on weekends $26/hr, more than overtime pays at my regular job.
    Middle management layoffs have occured over the last 5 years but no bedside nursing jobs have been eliminated yet. Many nurses have quit because of low pay and understaffing and no raise for the last 8 years at this facility also no career ladder and the school reimbursement is being cut soon. There are other higher paying hospitals in Pittsburgh but all have a history of layoffs for staff nurses so there is no job security.
    Welcome to the Rust Belt........many patients are indigents/self pay which means free hospital stay. The loss of jobs for the steelworkers really hurt, union jobs usually had wonderful benefits that paid for all the medical needs.
    I dont know that there is a solution to this problem...Low pay, high stress.
    Someday a nurse will be in the Smithsonian Institute as an extinct species..just kidding.
    Not sure where this is headed, 5 years ago I said it couldnt get any worse but look at where we are now. My grandmother was a nurse and things have certainly changed and improved since the 1930's tuberculosis was their big challenge as was polio. She took care of Teddy Roosevelt as he sat in a wheelchair. I have more complex skills, much more autonomy, a higher level of stress and get paid a much higher rate than she did. I have a benefit package (meager as it is) and I am allowed to be married and have kids while in nursing school. I also have a leave of absence for maternity-she had to quit to raise her family, I can work while pregnant-she wasnt allowed to.
    Working in a constantly changing profession is a challenge but I dont think I would be quite as happy doing anything else.
    Deanna
    iamme457@zbzoom.net
  3. by   KarenS
    Originally posted by Jeanbean:
    I'm in a physician office and make $18/hr. Pretty low cost of living here too (Oregon). I checked into the local hospital rates and new nurses start at $18-20/hr for med/surg.
    I saw your post on AllNurses.com regarding salary. I also work in a physicians office and have worked for a family practicioner for 5 years and earn $17.50 per hr. I have an associates degree. What is your eduction and experience?
  4. by   YADA-YADA
    Hi i work in North Boston almost at NH border. 2 1/2 yrs experience 18.00 base with 3.00 diff for nocs.

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  5. by   Mylegalrights
    Originally posted by Linda J:
    In the area that I live in NC the nursing salaries for new grads start around $15.30/hr and max out at $23.00/hr. I work in the OR setting and am paid no more than any other nurse in any other setting in the hospital. We of course are overworked, underpaid and under-resepected by administration, physicians and management. There is no separation of salary between ADN, BSN or diploma nurses.
    After reading all the posts It definitely is an eye opener.
    I have over 28 years experience in Nursing. I started in Pediatrics making over $7.88 an hour in NYC in 1972. Went on to Med-Surg making $14 and after working a 38 bed unit with 1 other RN and 1-2 NAs I almost quit nursing from burnout. I work too hard to get my degree and my license to do shoddy work so I always ended up having to stay over to complete all the paper work and make sure the staff completely everything they were suppose to.
    I then went back to Pedi and NICU and loved it. But the salary wasn't there. I Moved to Texas and had to take a $7.00 pay cut and the benefits weren't the greatest. After 12 years had built up my education and salary and hubby's job caused us to moved to FLorida.
    What a joke I worked at one of the highest risk hospitals for neos and made $16.88 with $1.20 diff for nights. This was just 2 years ago.
    I went on to do Private duty I now take care of the same infants at home and make $20.00 or more depending on the circumstances and only have 1 infant instead of 3 critical infants.
    I also like to protect my rights and have pre-paid legal services to back me incase I'm ever involved in a lawsuit. I know one nurse who is using this right now because he took care of a patient just one shift and because his name is on the chart he's included in the lawsuit. We pay one low monthly fee and have protection and peace of mind for myself and my family.



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    Legal Protection
  6. by   Jason Butchart
    Originally posted by natbrat:
    What are some common nursing salaries for ER, Med surg, OR ICCU
    Highs and lows
    I work in Canada and I make 23.00 an hour with 1.80 shift dif. for evening and 2.00 for weekends. I work in ER, ICU, but everyone (RN's) make all the same. Sorry, I get 50.00 every 2 weeks because I have my ICU course
  7. by   sandy34
    I work in a small urban hospital. I always thought my salary was small. But after looking at some of the salaries I won't complain. I make 21.80, and them another .70 an hour on the weekends. I work 12 hour shifts and am a charge nurse and make 7.50 per shift for charge. I don't feel it is enough, but it pays the bills.
  8. by   ShannonB25
    Unfortunately when I graduate next May I can expect to make a whopping $12.35 and hour to start with my BSN. Since I've accrued over $20,000 in student loans I believe I'll have to move just so I can make more money. Sad.
  9. by   jailhousenurse
    I see that Utah isn't the only state that pays substandard wages. In the hospitals the
    pay ranges from $16.00 to $22.00/hr. I work in corrections at the Utah state prison.
    We recently recieved a wage increase which brought all of us to the top of our pay
    bracket $19.92/hr. This salary is paid to new grad as well as experienced nurses. Due to the fact that jails and prisons pay so much better than hospitals I have always worked in corrections. I would love to work in a hospital full time, but I simply can't afford the pay cut. Not to mention the benefits. I do put some time in local hospitals via agencys, but it's just not the same as working there. I'm a Virginia native and would like to know what RN's earn in the Tidewater area. I'm considering relocation.
  10. by   pollyanna
    I was very suprised at the wages out there around the country, I live in a rural michigan town and work in the ER. I make $19.49/hr. My husband always wants to move but I think I will stay where I am at!!
  11. by   Bevie
    Here in North Platte, Nebraska new grad RN's start at 15.89/hr. If you have a BSN you get an additional 3% added to hourly rate. Top rate is 23.49. In the OR staff receive 1.50/hr for on call and 1 1/2 for call back. We also have a nursing shortage and pay moving expense and up to 1000.00 sign on bonus. Look at wages twice a year and strive to remain in top 75th percentile for our area. Have tuition reimbursement up to 1000.00 per year and good benies. 116 bed hospital, non-profit. Also give additional 3% for certifications.

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  12. by   Kyshine1
    :eek!! I can't believe the salaries all of you have posted. It's just terrible and a travesty that any RN should work for such pay!
    I work in Cincinnati, OH. We have a Clinical Ladder and a Union. It makes all the difference.
    All RN's are hired on level 1, then each additional level gets a 5% raise. There are 4 steps. I'm on level 3 so I got a 10% raise. I've been a nurse for 20 years and work in NICU. Between the ladder and step raises I make $29.43 an hour and $1.50 per hour differential. Last year that added up to $60,000 and change.
    We just signed a new contract. Over the next 3 years our salaries will go up just short of 30%!
    Everyone always complains about where they work. I think I'll stop!

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  13. by   nursebeady
    In Texas, acute care facilites, base salaries range from $14/hr for GNs to$22/hr with 7 years and up of experience. Salaries scales are even greater with more than one year of experience when you work with "human capital management firms" more commonly known as agencies.

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