AL wages?

  1. I will be graduating in December and was looking into different areas of nursing. What is the usual rate of pay for nurses working in an ALF? Thanks
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   Nurse Ratched
    Wage-wise, it's not typically dissimilar to hospital nursing in my area - often just a smidge higher as the facilities are expensive for-profit places and can afford to pay well and want to be able to say they have a nurse on staff. Only thing: I wouldn't recommend it to a new nurse for two reasons. You are typically the *only* nurse in such places and you may not have any support to back you up in your fledgling skills development. And if you don't get into an acute type setting for at least a little while right out of school, it's hard to cement those important concepts you learned, but need to have reinforced through real-world experiences.

    Good luck in your search.
  4. by   kittylvr
    I agree with Nurse Ratched, I just started as a nurse manager at alf and I am the only licensed nurse there right now so the buck stops with me. It is a little overwhelming at times. I have been a nurse for fifteen yrs. and it still is a challenge!
  5. by   Ruffian
    I'm probably on the wrong message board, so please forgive me. I have been working as a receptionist at a local nursing home/AL center, and I love it. They offer CNA classes, and I'm very interested in taking it. I just don't know if that's the right step to take, or if I would have other options. I have a BS in business, with only 3 science classes taken for that degree. Is there another option for me, where I could work in the geriatric health care field? Any information would be very much appreciated.

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