would you be a RN for $11.00/hr? - page 9

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   Turtle in scrubs
    As things stand now, no. However I know a lot of folks without jobs (Michigan). If the economy bottoms out I can't really say just what I might be willing to do.
  2. by   blueiwahine
    I would not work for $11.00 hr as an RN...$20.00 hr...depending on what type of nursing job it was.
  3. by   ketch22
    Quote from mom2michael
    Where I live spanning across 2 states, I've yet to see a starting new grad wage over $18/hr yet. Most are $16'ish. And no, cost of living is not that low where I live. And where I live there are 13 hospitals within 1 hour drive from me and it's the same story in each facility, low, crappy pay. I've seen as low as $14.37 to as high as $17.95 with the average, starting pay for new grads..$16-17/hr. Sure they'll do a 2:1 pay raise for your experience as an LPN and most facilities might give you 1% above for your experience as a tech...but not always.

    And no, moving is not even close to an option for me for another 10 years.

    So would I work for $11/hr, probably not, but I don't make too much more than that right now
    I graduated nursing school as an LPN in 1996 and was making more than 14.00 per hour. Over the next 4 years I climbed and negotiated better at each job I accepted to 21.00 per hour (as an LPN). Now I am an RN making 60,000.00 year salary (approx 29-30.00 per hour). I don't understand the wages you are talking about and I would have moved along time ago. Let them lose some nurses and start thinking about a real wage.
  4. by   theworkingtouch
    I'm currently in nursing school. I'm an older returning adult. I support my self in school doing my favorite job in the world, I'm a massage therapist. I will be taking a big hit at $27.00/hr as a new nurse and think that's really low considering I average $70.00/hr doing massage. I like the idea of a recession proof job, pd holidays, vacation time and of course flexible hours. I will continue to do massage while working as a nurse, but I would never consider working for $11.00/hr.
  5. by   djewel
    Definately I would, no question. I started at $12 an hour 15 years ago. It was not about the money when I started, it was the fact it was in my heart to become a nurse. Yes, I too needed the money, but it was a small part of why I became a nurse. { it might have been less than $12/hr, but it was'nt more}. I live in a small community, and have to travel for work, so what I make now, is below what other nurses make. But there is nothing greater than what you recieve in life, if you are not happy with what you do. :kiss
  6. by   Bozzie
    2 Words: Hell NO. There is no way I would go to college, get a higher education, pay tuition, get student loans, and work in a place where I could loose everything if I screw up, have the enormous responsibilty of people's lives....for $11.00 hr! If I were a new grad, I wouldn't work anywhere for less than $20.00 hr and even then I would look around for a better rate. When you can make more money as a waitress, and have to put up with the same demanding, unappreciative, demeaning crap as we have to put up with as nurses, without the overwhelming responsibility.
  7. by   interleukin
    Why do we continue to respond to this foolish question?

    Smacks of an executive or human resource surreptitious inquiry into what the minimum nurses will work for.

    How about if we pay the hospital for the honor of working there?

    Ask any of the executives--who've never gotten the blood, bile, feces, urine, vomit, and/or phlegm of a stranger on their skin if he/she will work for less?

    And you're asking me if I will!!!!

    No blue collar worker--yep, that's you--has gotten a pay raise in two decades.

    Don't believe me, check out what the cost of living (the real cost of living) not what the government's inflation figures are (they never add the "volatile" food and energy sector, or health care premiums) in their annual inflation rate.

    Sounds like I must be mistaken, right???

    Go check it out yourself. Listen next time and you'll hear them excluding,"... the volatile energy and food sector..." when they report the figures.

    Since when have stopped needing to heat our homes, eat or have insurance

    So, not only have your salaries stagnated for 20 years, but some yahoo wants to know if we will accept fewer dollars to risk our lives and save others?
  8. by   Chris27229
    Absolutely not, way too much stress and responsiblity for that kind of pay. My son is a senior in high school. He works at a local garage performing oil changes and inspection stickers, makes $10.00/hr. He loves his job, no stress, and his boss treats them to lunch every Saturday.
  9. by   L&DRN08
    Absolutely not! I make $19 now as a CMA! I'd never take that kind of a pay cut for such a demanding job. I made the decision to become an RN because I love it, but also because its something I'll ove that comes with a decent salary.....we don't go throught the struggle of Nursing school to earn $11/hr!!!
  10. by   NurseyPoo
    WOW!!! $11.00/HR.....N-O F-R-E-A-K-I-N-G W-A-Y!!!!!! Are you kidding me? The last time I made that much money an hour was when I was in my early 20's....and that was over 15 years ago. How is asking an educated person to work for < $25.00 acceptable? Now, I live in an area of NY that is not the same cost of living as Manhattan...BUT...it is still exspensive. Our gas and electric costs up state are almost as much as our mortgages! If I made $11.00 I would be homeless....It does not even cover my basic costs of living (i.e. food, housing, gas/electric, phone, etc...)

    The hospital I work in skates around the raise thing a lot...Our administrators all have nursing back grounds but from what I understand they were not very good nurses...and unfortunately they were nurses long ago...which means they think we make enough money!!!! One of the administrators called another nurse I know at home last week to see if she could come in to cover on her day off! When she said she could not the administrator became pissy with her...They expect us to come in on our days off and only pay us straight time. They offer us a paid day off sometimes...but try and take it!!! So, working for $11.....GIVE ME A BREAK!!! Not even an option!
  11. by   dthfytr
    Are we talking about in America? In 2007? You're kidding, right?

    I'd make more money as a hit man for hospital employees fed up with hospital adminstration that makes changes just to prove they can! Or the people who come up with all the catch phrases we must endure but never change anything.
    "Work smarter, not harder."
    "Treat all other staff and patients as customers."
    and my favorite here in Maine "Give them the pickle." (honest!)

    For $11.00/hr I'd never be able to pay off my school loans!
  12. by   jms79
    gee and to think i was making alittle over $11 dollars in my last job as an assistant manager for a fast food restaurant.
  13. by   Busy Mama
    That's a hard question for me to answer. I really want to be a nurse and would almost say that I would do it without pay if I could work at a good facility. Some of the clinicals I have done at some facilities have not been a good experience and they couldn't pay me enough to ever work for them. Another facility I did clinicals at, I loved and would work for them for next to nothing if I didn't have to have a paycheck to live off of.

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