Question about wages

  1. I had been under the impression that nursing home RN's get paid less than hospital RN's. I have a friend who keeps telling me it's the opposite. I was just curious if anyone had any input.
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  3. by   Nascar nurse
    In my area (midwest), nursing homes pay significantly less than hospitals. No weekend diff, less shift diff, etc
  4. by   bugalug_nurse
    In my area nursing home RN's do get paid less than hospital based RN's (the same goes with EEN's). To further complicate things, it will also depend on whether the nursing home is privately owned or government funded as to the rate in pay.
  5. by   angel o' mercy
    I had considered working in a nursing home right after graduation, but the salary differe nce wouldnt have been enough to leave my job as a medical secretary. Here in the Philly burbs NH salaries for RN probably range very low to mid $20. hourly where as the hospitals offer much better rates. Where I am now with only one year of nursing I am making $30. hourly with my shift differential. Not too shabby for a new nurse.
  6. by   futurecrnatobe
    Quote from jade-athyst
    I had been under the impression that nursing home RN's get paid less than hospital RN's. I have a friend who keeps telling me it's the opposite. I was just curious if anyone had any input.
    It depends with your location and facility. A friend of mine working in LTC makes $5 more than I do in central Illinois as a new graduate. I work on a med-surg floor and I make $18/hr as a BSN-RN new graduate with 6yrs tech experience, 4yrs LTC experience, and 5yrs business management position experience plus a BA and a BSN ha ha ha sucks. I regret my past decision because I turned down a DON position in LTC which was going to pay me $12 more than I make. Nonetheless, I was advised that this came with unpredictable on call hours. Anyway, I may be going to LTC soon.
    Last edit by futurecrnatobe on Nov 9, '06
  7. by   CapeCodMermaid
    Quote from futurecrnatobe
    It depends with your location and facility. A friend of mine working in LTC makes $5 more than I do in central Illinois as a new graduate. I work on a med-surg floor and I make $18/hr as a BSN-RN new graduate with 6yrs tech experience, 4yrs LTC experience, and 5yrs business management position experience plus a BA and a BSN ha ha ha sucks. I regret my past decision because I turned down a DON position in LTC which was going to pay me $12 more than I make. Nonetheless, I was advised that this came with unpredictable on call hours. Anyway, I may be going to LTC soon.
    Are you saying you were only going to be making $30/hr as a DON???
  8. by   weirdRN
    I get paid less than my hospital counter parts by at least six and as much as twelve dollars per hour.

    I find my satisfaction in the following:

    1. I am only about five minutes from home.
    2. I work all dayshift.
    3. I have great residents and great aids.

    My corporate management is common senseless but, what penny pinching account has a real heart anyway?
  9. by   futurecrnatobe
    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    Are you saying you were only going to be making $30/hr as a DON???
    Yep! That is what I was offered. Does that sound reasonable? Please advise.
  10. by   BayAreaRN
    I work in the Bay Area (San Francisco) and I am a new grad (graduated July 2006). I work in a teaching hospital and my starting pay is $40. I have a friend that works at a nursing home and she gets paid $32. So you def. get paid more when u work in an acute setting.
  11. by   TheCommuter
    Hospital RNs tend to be paid more than nursing home RNs.

    Hospital LPNs tend to be paid significantly less than nursing home LPNs. My coworker, an LPN, was paid $13 hourly to work on the med-surg floor of a large hospital last year. She now earns $20 hourly working in a nursing home.
  12. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from futurecrnatobe
    Yep! That is what I was offered. Does that sound reasonable? Please advise.
    DONs, at least in my area, earn $80,000 to $100,000 yearly.
  13. by   CapeCodMermaid
    Brand new DNSs around here make about $75,000...depends on the size of the facility. $30/hr seems low for a DNS even if you are new.
  14. by   futurecrnatobe
    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    Brand new DNSs around here make about $75,000...depends on the size of the facility. $30/hr seems low for a DNS even if you are new.
    That is amazing. Are you talking about LTC DON position or hospital DON? Because I'm mean't a LTC DON position. If it is LTC DON position , do you mind giving me a rough estimation of how much LTC ADON make, because currently, there is only an ADON position open. In addition, please tell me what state you are talking about since that makes a huge difference. I'm in central illinois.

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