would you be a RN for $11.00/hr? - page 6

Just for fun lets just pretend the starting wage for an RN (regardless of education just RN) started at $11.00 hr. Would you still be a nurse? Also, what would be an acceptable starting pay for you... Read More

  1. by   edgwow
    I work as a camp nurse all summer and I probably make about 5 bucks an hour, considering I work 24/7 all summer. It's all about the perks. If it wasn't camp, NO WAY! 7 years ago, I worked for 16 dollars an hour as a supervisor in a LTC facility. That was slave wage. I worked 6A-6P every day but Sunday and paid $880 bucks a month to put my 2 kids in daycare. It a good thing their older now and don't need a sitter anymore.
  2. by   Batman24
    I could make more than that as a waitress or in a clerical job. Nurses are educated and trained and in this day and age are worth a lot more than that.

    I have heard starting salary around here is late 20's to early 30's depending on the shift. Agency nurses are making 40+ so I would go that route as soon as they would hire me.
  3. by   Cattitude
    Quote from phlebotomist_to_rn
    all i know is that im broke a$$ at $11.00 hr going through nursing school. no wonder lab has such high turnover...too much risk not enough pay.
    i'm confused. your pay as a phlebotomist is $11.00 per hr? and you are asking us to consider that as rn wages? the purpose of this is?
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    [color=#483d8b]and no i would never work as an rn for this amt. my hourly pay is approx $43 per hr. however. i have no idea what phlebotomists make. when i was in nursing school i workes ad a unit clerk and made about $14 hr about 10 yrs ago.
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  4. by   nurse4theplanet
    Pay is all relative to cost of living. I enjoy having certain comforts. If I could have those same comforts at 11.00/hr then I would not complain. However, I cannot when you figure the current cost of living. I started at 19.60...which I consider adequate. If the cost of living skyrocketed tomorrow, then that would be a different story.
  5. by   angel337
    i actually was asked a similar question by a MD that i work with and when you think about it it is very insulting. what do people think nurses are? just a bunch of pitiful women that have some overwhelming desire to take care of the sick?? i think not. i like being a nurse, but when i am at work there isn't a day that goes by that i don't think " i don't get paid enough for this S*&#!" i am always thinking of my next stepping stone. i love the patients and the fast pace of the ER but nurses are soooo under compensated, and unfortunately most nurses don't see it until they have been a nurse 3-4 years (like me).
  6. by   smk1
    Quote from PHLEBOTOMIST_TO_RN
    Just for fun lets just pretend the starting wage for an RN (regardless of education just RN) started at $11.00 hr. Would you still be a nurse? Also, what would be an acceptable starting pay for you to consider the field?. Ill start it off by saying no I would not at $11 hr (to much risk, slave wage for the type of job it is etc) and even though our starting pay around here is $27 hr for new grads I would work for about $20 hr. Be honest with you answers
    I am paying money to go to school so absolutely not. It wouldn't be fiscally responsible to spend 3 years of my life and thousands of dollars to come out making 11 bucks/hour. Even if it were on the job training and no schooling required, I think the risks and responsibilities would preclude me from following that path without proper compensation.
  7. by   Selke
    Hell no. I have a BSN, am licensed by the state, am a professional. I deserve to be compensated for my educational level, professional licensure, years of experience, and professional knowledge and judgement. And I am still paying off student loans.

    Would you pose the same question to physicians?

    The days of nurses doing the work for "emotional rewards" instead of finanical compensation are long past, but pay still lags behind considering the education and professional responsibility of being a nurse, compared with other professions also requiring education, licensure, and responsibility. I am attracted to health care because it is intrinsically meaningful work, compared to pushing papers in cubicles, but I am also attracted to the salary and (relative) status being a nurse offers me.
  8. by   Miss Mab
    Um......HE** No!

    From the other threads I gather I am already at the top $$ scale across the country and i wouldn't work here for a penny less. ($69/hr per diem--one year exp.) I understand the whole cost of living issue but I'm already on record as saying I wouldn't continue to be a nurse for some of the wages out there if I were to move. I only graduated in 2005 and the hospital we did clinicals in--out of state--advertised for 15.65 hr. Fat chance! Too much grief and enormous responsibility.

    In the cheapest area of the US--I think my bottom line would be min. $25 w/out differentials.
  9. by   LeahJet
    no FA-reekin' way.

    Sometimes I wonder why I am still a nurse and I am making over twice as much as that.

    For the crap we put up with, it should be 50/hr.
  10. by   RNHawaii34
    I was making $14.97 an hour not including differential when I left my job as a Nurse assistant...with my 4 years degree? $11.00 an hour? thats an insult !!!! I bet a gardener in my home state makes more than that!:trout:
  11. by   jeanniern55
    No No No Too much responsability, too much stress
  12. by   Kiren
    WHAAT??? OH PLEASE! I made more than twice that amount as an autoworker, no degree required. CNA's make more than $11/hr. If the starting wages were not at least $20+/hr I wouldn't even waste my time. I know bill collectors who make $20/hr and get performance bonuses on top of it with no degree at all. I think RN's are worth at least $30+/hr right out of school.
    Last edit by Kiren on Feb 27, '07
  13. by   ZootRN
    Quote from Miss Mab
    Um......HE** No!

    From the other threads I gather I am already at the top $$ scale across the country and i wouldn't work here for a penny less. ($69/hr per diem--one year exp.) I understand the whole cost of living issue but I'm already on record as saying I wouldn't continue to be a nurse for some of the wages out there if I were to move. I only graduated in 2005 and the hospital we did clinicals in--out of state--advertised for 15.65 hr. Fat chance! Too much grief and enormous responsibility.

    In the cheapest area of the US--I think my bottom line would be min. $25 w/out differentials.
    Where do you work? I'd move in a heart beat for this nurses heaven.

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