I am an RN relocating to Atlanta. I interviewed with a midtown hospital and actually got a really good vibe. I just recieved a base offer of 24/hr. Yes, coming from Chicago, I went into this already knowing that I would be making a lower wage. However, after doing some research and reading other threads, this rate seems a bit low to me. I have been practicing as a nurse for 5 almost 6 years. During this time I have med/surg, progressive care and administrative experience. In addition, I am Bachelors prepared. I am so ready to move, but I do not want to just accept anything. So, I need some help for all the Atlanta area nurses. Is this the going rate? Am I being unreasonable? Please help. I want to make this decision as soon as possible.
Thanks in Advance from my new found family of Georgia nurses.
May 29, '09
It seems low to me. I wonder what hospital you are talking about? Of course it could be that they are able to offer less because of the economy now and it's harder to get a nursing job (at least in atlanta) but I've only been a nurse for almost 3 yrs and I make more than that.
May 29, '09
I am also a nurse planning on moving to Atlanta by the end of the year. I have talked to a couple hospitals and the pay is very low. Wellstar recruiter told me with my three years experience they will start me at 24/hr. I also talked to a recruiter at Emory adventist and they said 25/hr. Where are you planning on staying? I have been asking my fellow nurse on this forum to recommend a decent place for a young nurse with no children to live but it seems like people don't respond to threads around here. I have been looking at the kenessaw area.
May 29, '09
Thanks for the replys.
Okay...its not just me than. That offer to me was sorta belittling. I have worked very hard to get where I am as a nurse. I know that I am worth more than that, even in the city of Atlanta. I really like the facility, but I can't work for that low of an amount. I sent the recruiter a response and questioned the offer. So, I wonder what her response is going to be. But I think that I am going to have to get on looking if rate is not increased.
As far as location, once I find a job I will want to live close by. Since I was banking on this job I was more looking in the southwest outer regions of Atlanta and even Decatur.
Once again, thanks for your inputs. It really gave me a more realistic idea of the rn pay.
Jan 28, '10
There are nice apartments near all the hospitals. Shop around using apartment finder; you usually get a 100 buck rebate if you use them. Also barter with the complex manager. Sometimes you can find an old price on the net; you can make them give you the apt. for that. I know because my daughters have been doing this for a while now.
As for the pay, what you stated sounds about right for this area. It's awful, but it's also really hard to get a job in Atlanta right now. The places to avoid are Grady and Wellstar. Other than that, you should be ok. Staffing is pretty bad here; I have traveled and I can honestly say that the staffing is the worst here in ALL the hospitals. Be prepared.
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