Are there any Oklahoma students on board?! - page 9

I was wondering if anyone from Oklahoma is on this board, and if so, where you attend nursing school. :p v... Read More

  1. by   Cynthiann
    I just remembered that my husband was telling me about a RN (graduated not to long ago) that applied at Midwest Regional while she currently worked at Presbyterian. Well, they didn't end up hiring her since her current job offered her $30/hour to stay. Another nurse had told him this. Why would they pay here that much when veteran nurses make just over $20?
  2. by   marilynmom
    How hard is it to get into ICU, etc as a new nurse?

    I know a lot of nurses work for agencies cause that is where you make a decent salary and you can pick and choose your hours, days, etc.

    Marilyn
  3. by   Rootbear76
    Originally posted by Cynthiann
    Someone asked me about Saints which is where I work. Our critical care unit is 32 beds and is not divided into separate cardiac, surgical, neuro etc intensive care units so you get a lot of variety. We also have an open heart recovery program on our unit. So for those who want to go on to CRNA school I can tell you without reservation that you would certainly have exposure to the types of experiences that they are looking for. It's just too bad you all are just starting out in school------I'd get a $2000 referral bonus for each CCU RN; and you would get a $6000 sign-on bonus. [/QUOTE]

    I'm the one that asked you about St Anthony's. Sounds like an ideal place for me to work at considering my goals. How hard is it to get in ICU as a new grad? Stick around here a couple of more years (until I graduate) and I'll take you up on that offer for the referral.

    All this talk about low incomes in OK makes me think that I should just move to Texas after graduating. Anyone else feel like that?
    [/QUOTE]

    I really do understand you wanting to move to Texas. The cost of living there is only slightly higher than Oklahoma (Houston has an EXCELLENT cost of living about the same as OK) but there's quite a bit of difference in the pay. Check out www.Salary.com to compare, it's pretty accurate. I know everyone's really busy, maybe we work something out for the weekend(whenever). I have class on monday and wen. but I work from 8-5 m-f. Just let me know what you guys want to do!

    v

    Here's a REALLY good site on nursing:

    www.discovernursing.com
    Last edit by Rootbear76 on Mar 12, '03
  4. by   marilynmom
    Ya my husband is from Texas and we talk a lot about moving near Dallas after I graduate just for better jobs. Not that I dont love Oklahoma in a lot of ways but its hard to make a decent living here.

    All this talk about pay and all really motivates me to make sure I get a masters. My husband was saying down at the OUHSC where he works almost all the nurses work for agencies and drive really nice SUVs and cars like that so there *is* good money out there. I was talking to a freind about this who knows some RNs, she said they all work for agencies and make about $30 an hour and can pick and choose your schedual...one RN she knew made about $60K last year.

    I did look online some and somewhere here in OK they were looking to hire a NP and the starting salary was only $42K a year....total crap for all they do and all that education. Im sure in TX it pays plently more than that. Also if you dont already you should start buying the Dallas Morning News Sundays edition...they always have a health section in there with an articles about nurses down there and all the different fields, its really interesting and shows how much diversity is in nursing.

    We will probably end up moving to Texas soon after I graduate.

    Did anyone find out if it was hard to get a job in ICU after graduation?

    Marilyn
  5. by   pkmom
    Originally posted by Cynthiann
    [B]

    All this talk about low incomes in OK makes me think that I should just move to Texas after graduating. Anyone else feel like that?
    [/QUOTE]
    YES!!! I grew up in the dallas area and moved to OKC recently for my husband's job. He's doing well and we aren't planning on leaving anytime soon, but I really want to go home and I know I could make more there to make up for the cost of living.
  6. by   Cynthiann
    Marilyn- I'm so sorry, I forgot to ask that guy last night about nutrition class. Remind me to ask him after spring break.

    The only thing about working for an agency is that you have to have at least one year experience and you have little or no benefits. Not to mention that you usually don't stay in one place very long.

    I did ask the one girl in my class who was agreeing with the teacher about the $40-60K for new nurses. She told me that she has a friend that is a supervisor at Deaconess and said that when she graduates she can work there for $25/hour. I told her that she needs to introduce me to her friend.
    Last edit by Cynthiann on Mar 14, '03
  7. by   marilynmom
    Originally posted by Cynthiann

    I did ask the one girl in my class who was agreeing with the teacher about the $40-60K for new nurses. She told me that she has a friend that is a supervisor at Deaconess and said that when she graduates she can work there for $25/hour. I told her that she needs to introduce me to her friend.
    I know, we here so much about what nurses here get paid. I have a friend in my class that babysits for a nurse and she said she started at $45K year so I dont get it. But then we look at Mercys website and they only start at $15 an hour.

    Ya there is good and bad about the agencies, I guess I would rather work for them after a year for $30 hr sans benifits than $15 plus benifits. I can always get my health insurance through my husbands work. My husband says though down at the OU Med Center they have posting for nurses all the time for $28 an hour, but they do have a very high turnover since the hospitals merged...maybe it will be better by the time we all graduate.

    Thanks Cynthiann, I picked up an aplication for Summer Tuition fee waver, I think we both have a pretty good shot or receiving it. I wonder how long it takes till you find out if you got it or not? Ill be turning mine in the tuesday after spring break.

    Marilyn
  8. by   marilynmom
    I just called OU Med center Nursing Recruitment and she said the starting pay for new nursing grads is $15.50 an hour

    Imgonna call around some more, that seems to be about the average as well. The phone number to Deaconess is 604-4571, Ive been trying to call up there but no one has answered. If anyone else wants to try them go ahead.

    Marilyn
  9. by   rstewart
    Well, it looks like St. Anthony is among the leaders for new grad pay. I don't have the exact number but I know it's $16 something an hour. For those interested in intensive care, we have a critical care differential. I also receive a differential for national certification (CCRN).

    At present we do take new grads in our CCU. We offer about 14 weeks of training. Orientation is with a nurse who has taken the preceptor course; that is you will be trained by someone who was asked to be a precepter, who wanted to do it and is paid a differential to do it-----not someone who was forced to do it and just feels dumped on.

    PS

    Since I won't be getting a referral bonus from you guys for a while---anyone want to bet me about the new grad who thinks they are going to get $40-60K at Deaconess? I say maybe mid 30s maximum for base another 5-6K if night shift------so maybe very low 40's maximum if night shift. I like sucker bets and could always use the money.
  10. by   Cynthiann
    Sorry I don't gamble ;-)

    Do you think this person is lying to me or maybe it's just because her friend is a supervisor that she would be able to get such a high pay?

    How much are the differentials where you work (night, weekend, certification)?
  11. by   rstewart
    Well, it wouldn't exactly be a gamble for me. lolol

    Ok, seriously. Technically, she will get between $40-60K. She will also receive between $40-999K. But my point is, of course, that the range is rather wide and that he/she will actually receive a lot closer to the 40K than the 60K even with the differentials taken into account.

    Now for every rule there is an exception. But that said, for acute care hospitals I can tell you that managers have practically no discretion as to what they can offer a new grad nurse. One exception that you might see is partial or full credit for years worked as an LPN before becoming an RN.

    Managers have to work within guidelines established by the Human Resources Department and Administration. They also have budgets which they must meet if they want to remain as managers.
  12. by   marilynmom
    Marilyn,
    Base pay for a new graduate is $15.62/hr with shift differentials of $2.38 for eveining and night and $3.00 additional for weekends and holidays. Please feel free to contact me either by e-mail or phone (951-2126) if you have additional questions or are interested in opportunities at INTEGRIS.

    That is from the Nurse Recruiter from Integris who emailed me today. I called over at Deaconess and he said they do not start *any* new RN for any more than $16 an hour, normal base pay is $15.50 an hour. Looks like $15.50 is about average with $3 hour differential pay for nights and weekends almost everywhere I called. They were all very happy to talk to me about all this too!

    Marilyn
  13. by   marilynmom
    Originally posted by Cynthiann
    Sorry I don't gamble ;-)

    Do you think this person is lying to me or maybe it's just because her friend is a supervisor that she would be able to get such a high pay?

    How much are the differentials where you work (night, weekend, certification)?
    From what all I have found out today I dont think she knows what she is talking about or lying. But who really ever knows.

    Marilyn

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