RNs who work both hospitals and LTC, is your pay the same? - page 2

by tokebi

My apologies, since this kind of questions have probably been asked already. I did try sifting through old threads but found none that applies to someone who work both places at the same time. I am starting a new grad RN... Read More


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    Where I am they all pay the same that I've seen. Everyone bases the pay scale according to the current union contract. That's for LTC and hospitals...everything else pays way less.
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    Well, it'll be a significant jump from my current LVN pay regardless, so I'll be happy. However, if the nursing home is only willing to give me much less than the hospital, there's not much incentive for me to stay. I would've quit already the moment I got hired at the hospital, except I feel so attached to the residents and my wonderful co-workers. But the disorganized management, staffing that's stretched too thin... all that stuff makes me sometimes feel like it's not worth it. But then... I hate the fact that I'm crunching the numbers. If I love them, I should be willing to stay regardless. Or, should I?
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    Quote from LisaFlory
    I live in Ohio & currently work in LTC. As an RN with 2 years at this nursing home, I make $21.71/hr working day shift. I just got offered a position at the University hospital & will be making $25.83/hr plus $1 shift differential for working nights. Hope this helps!! Most places pay more though too for PRN staff.
    OMG i guess i can say our nurses here are lucky. We start RNs at $40/hour.

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    Quote from LisaFlory
    I live in Ohio & currently work in LTC. As an RN with 2 years at this nursing home, I make $21.71/hr working day shift. I just got offered a position at the University hospital & will be making $25.83/hr plus $1 shift differential for working nights. Hope this helps!! Most places pay more though too for PRN staff.
    OMG I guess our nurses here are lucky. We start our RNs at $40/Hour.

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    Have you actually been promised a pay raise at your LTC once you go from LPN to RN? Will you be doing the same job or will you take on more responsibility as an RN? Don't know about your specific circumstance, but many facilities base the pay on the job that your doing and your experience, not whether you are LPN vs RN. Definitely not true at all facilities, but I've seen this happen. Just want you to be prepared when you walk in and ask for your big ole RN raise, that they may just say no.

    As for PRN pay getting a premium, some places have paid 20% over the base pay, some just set a higher flat rate for PRNs.

    Given that this will not be your primary income and you mentioned that you had considered quitting, indicating that you could survive without the money from the PRN job, I'd suggest looking at whether you want to work there for the experience and the residents/coworkers and not sweat the pay so much.
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    As it's been stated already, it all depends on where you are at, and that particular facilities' policies. I make more hourly at the hospital, but the shift diff at the nursing home meant I actually made more there on the weekends. At my hospital PRN employees make about 20% more than full-time, but at the nursing home the hourly rates are the same, and PRN people get $1 less for shift diff, so the full-timer's actually make a bit more.
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    Quote from tokebi
    I hate the fact that I'm crunching the numbers. If I love them, I should be willing to stay regardless. Or, should I?

    If you are a millionaire and just work for the fulfillment of employment than you should not be crunching numbers. On the other hand, if you are an average middle class citizen than there is no shame in going where you can get the best deal and "crunching numbers".
    caliotter3, tokebi, and Tragically Hip like this.
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    Quote from WhiteScrubs
    I'd suggest looking at whether you want to work there for the experience and the residents/coworkers and not sweat the pay so much.
    I am doing a serious self-evaluation on how important it is to keep the long-term relationship of LTC nursing and how willing I am to deal with the constant staffing problems and disorganization. I want a decent pay that will ensure that I won't end up feeling like being used and abused.

    It is a sound advice. Thank you.
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    Quote from Nascar nurse
    If you are a millionaire and just work for the fulfillment of employment than you should not be crunching numbers. On the other hand, if you are an average middle class citizen than there is no shame in going where you can get the best deal and "crunching numbers".
    Honestly, I think I wrote that wanting this validation. Thank you.
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    Quote from tokebi
    Honestly, I think I wrote that wanting this validation. Thank you.
    You're welcome. We all need that reality check (otherwise known as a swift kick in the pants according to my Mother) sometimes. Good luck with whatever decision you make.


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