I got my first job!!! But I am worried... - page 3

Hi everyone. I am a new nursing grad, and I feel very lucky to be accepted for a job at a home healthcare company only days after passing NCLEX. The company is located in Southern California and it... Read More

  1. by   CapeCodMermaid
    I am very surprised that a home health agency would hire a new grad. The phone might be there, but when you're in someone's house, you're basically on your own. Did they say how much training they would give you? Will you be paired up with a co-worker until you feel comfortable on your own?
    The salary seems low even by East Coast standards.
  2. by   Orange Tree
    That is way too low. What makes it even more horrible is that you have to sign a contract for years! The new grads I work with make $30 + OT after 8 hours (for a 12 hour shift). It's in acute care, but that's still a huge difference.
  3. by   GM2RN
    I don't work in CA but the pay sounds low to me too.

    I'd make sure to understand exactly what "if things go well" means and that you get that bump in pay to $40K in writing.
    Last edit by GM2RN on Mar 13, '13 : Reason: spelling
  4. by   MiteMsispe
    Salary.com site indicates that home care nurses make $62,000 - $93,000 annually in Anaheim, Ca. I have also seen statistics about how difficult it is for a new grad to find employment, so this is a factor to consider. It is highly suggested to work med/surg initially to strengthen your skills base and then venture out to other areas of nursing. Give salary.com a look- it is a good starting point. I have been a RN 23 years and am making about $80,000 yearly (36 hour work week) in Fort Worth Texas.
    Salary.com Salary Wizard- Do you know what you're worth?
    Last edit by MiteMsispe on Mar 13, '13 : Reason: to make point more clear
  5. by   harleyridingirl
    In Texas we get paid by the visit, depending what type of visit it is. I made $30,000 in 6 months but I put 10,000 miles on my car. I had to pay for gas, my own phone, my computer and paper to fill out all of the much dreaded paperwork. Plus that was a lot of hours because the paperwork is extensive. I did it for my first job and am glad I did. You get to see and deal with a lot of different cases but 6 months was all I could handle.
  6. by   St_Claire
    Bunny99, what did you end up doing?
  7. by   HH_RN13
    Do you mind saying what area you will be covering? And did you accept the job? I am going through the training this week and starting seeing my own patients next week. I get paid per visit as well, so I am not sure how they came up with such low salary? Or how many patients they have you take?
  8. by   frodo-dog
    I did the same thing in Phoenix AZ, but got paid $22/hour to start. They had a "new grad" program and you shadowed the existing RN until you were comfortable on your own. You detail that there is training and support so don't worry. In this job you get to have quality time with your patients and that is very rewarding. After 6 months, I got a job in acute care and hated it. Looking to get back into hospice, HH, DDD I now get offered $30-35 \ hour..... in Phoenix.
    I have found that all positions outside the acute care setting advertise benefits, yet when you look at whats offered its a scam. Its a "limited plan": you pay in weekly an extravagant amount and can only claim a maximum of 5 doctors visits a year, nothing else. That's it! So basically the company makes money on you.
    If you cant get anything else, as is the norm in this market, take the job and get something on your resume: It is rewarding, you learn a lot, there is support, but your pay is low. After 6 months to a year, move on. HH is the future of nursing, see "hospital at home", the future is not in hospitals. www.hospitalathome.org/
  9. by   paradiseboundRN
    I haven't heard about Hospital at Home. Frodo-dog would you like to start a topic about it so others won't miss it?
  10. by   Bunny99
    Quote from Geslina
    Congratulations on finding work. Just make sure you know all the details before committing. I am not sure I would take a job right now that said I had to sign on for 2 years, even if I were desperate. How long since you finished school? How long did you search? Have you checked out other options? Nursing homes and psychiatric places often hire new grads, have you looked at those types of jobs?
    I graduated in Dec. I haven't really looked for a job. I am still trying to decide if i should take this job.
  11. by   Bunny99
    Quote from St_Claire
    Bunny99, what did you end up doing?
    Hi, today I had my first day at this agency. We were about to sign the contract, but I found they won't pay mileage in the first year. So I didn't sign today.
  12. by   Bunny99
    I am still trying to decide. They won't give me mileage in the first year. the salary is 40,000 in the first year. No health insurance, dental. The second year is 50,000, plus $5,000 gas.
  13. by   St_Claire
    Quote from Bunny99
    I am still trying to decide. They won't give me mileage in the first year. the salary is 40,000 in the first year. No health insurance, dental. The second year is 50,000, plus $5,000 gas.
    They are taking advantage of you. Check this out: www.salary.com to get accurate salary info. If it were me I would not take that, they are paying you half what they should.

    I wonder if they received that award by keeping their overhead really low.