If I was to graduate TODAY I would be paid $12.25/hr!!!!

  1. That's for L&D RN with associates. That stinks. For some reason I thought they made more! The money isn't really important to me, but geez!

    Wendy (is it really worth all the headache?)
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  3. by   janleb
    Hi Wendy,
    the pay isn't too enticing is it? When my sister graduated she was making 14/hr. I am still in school with one more yr left. I do store resets(different products seasonal changes ect). I make 12/hr + mileage. It is sad that I make the same amount holding a jar of spaghetti sauce as I would working as a RN. My sister just recently went on call, her husband has great health insurance. She makes 20/hr. I think the avg pay around here I last looked was about 15/hr. This job is not for everyone. But it is something I have always wanted to do. Janice
  4. by   mustangsheba
    A lot of the pay is geographical. Still, one of the problems with nursing is how far it lags behind the cost of living. Nurses basically haven't had a real pay raise in 20 years.
  5. by   CEN35
    That's fairly accurate (what sheba said). I think here, we are looking at about $16.50 an hour to start. I started in 96' and am at $23.01 starting 5-7-01.

    Rick
  6. by   CEN35
    One other note: Agency nurses around here, are getting $40/hr, with some benefits. Due to the shortage one local ER has contracted with an agency to supply a 3 nurse's a week regularly. Mind you, the agency gets paid like $80 an hr. Yet, the hospitals claim they can't afford to pay us more.....go figure?

    Rick
  7. by   janleb
    Rick me and my sister have talked about that exact subject. your right.....go figure


    Originally posted by CEN35:
    <STRONG>One other note: Agency nurses around here, are getting $40/hr, with some benefits. Due to the shortage one local ER has contracted with an agency to supply a 3 nurse's a week regularly. Mind you, the agency gets paid like $80 an hr. Yet, the hospitals claim they can't afford to pay us more.....go figure?

    Rick</STRONG>
  8. by   delirium
    If I were to be hired today (and I wouldn't, I have a long way to go yet), I would be hired in at a base pay of $19/hr for new grads. After that, you get merit raises and added pay for certifications, if you are an RN II (which means you have additional responsibilities).
    I think the cap for hospital RNs is $29/hr with nursing supervisors making between $35 and $45 per hour.
    Of course, I have a friend who goes up to DC and makes more than the sups do here as a staff nurse. There's one hospital who is offering $65/hour for nurses... but that's a hospital where nurses are mandated to wear bulletproof vests in the ER.
    Not a happy place.... and money isn't worth that much. I always thought the pay at my hospital wasn't that great, but I'm beginning to change my mind.
  9. by   RN2Bn2003
    here in the st. louis area a new nurse just out of school starts out at $13.71 an hour. A CNA starts out at $9.00 an hour. Not what I expected to be making. I think I will work out of an agency. There I can go into the same hospital and make 35.00 an hour. I would like to see the administrators live on 13.00 an hour.
  10. by   kennedyj
    Wendy,

    &lt; $13 thats worst than the starting $13.50 for BSN new grads in Colorado springs. It did go up to $18 after 6 months which still sticks. Usually the pay goes up after some experience. Agency does pay better. I an in the Ob field too and enjoy it very much. Take care,
    Jared

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