I got my first job!!! But I am worried...

  1. 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 has won the Healthcare Elite Top Agency award.

    While I can see myself working there, I feel like I don't have enough information to make the two year commitment they wanted.
    The 1st 3 months, I will be paid $30,000 a year. Then if things go well, the 4th month onwards, the pay increases to $40,000 a year.

    I would really appreciate any comment anyone has about my situation. Furthermore, what questions should I ask the company before I make the commitment?

    Thanks in advance for any responses!

    Lina
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  2. 39 Comments

  3. by   paradiseboundRN
    Is this for full time? How long will you be making $40,000, when you should be making 60,000?
  4. by   pmabraham
    Hi Lina:

    What do RN's with no experience make, on average, in Southern California?

    What type of benefits would you receive?

    What's the dollar value of those benefits?

    Thank you.
  5. by   KarenJordan
    That seems low, especially for California, but I hear it's hard for new grads to get jobs there, so you might have to take what you can get.
  6. by   HH_RN13
    That seems very low. I'm in LA area and just got a job in home health as a new grad as well. I will be getting paid per visit ranging from 45$-100$. I can take on 3-5 patients a day. Are they covering your mileage cost? Any benefits?
  7. by   SeaH20RN
    That doesnt seem the norm. Either pay per visit, hourly or salary. Be cautious.
  8. by   Bunny99
    Yes, it is full time.
  9. by   Bunny99
    Quote from pmabraham
    Hi Lina:

    What do RN's with no experience make, on average, in Southern California?

    What type of benefits would you receive?

    What's the dollar value of those benefits?

    Thank you.
    I would say around $25-30/hr for new grad, but it all depends.
  10. by   Bunny99
    Quote from VeronikaRN
    That seems very low. I'm in LA area and just got a job in home health as a new grad as well. I will be getting paid per visit ranging from 45$-100$. I can take on 3-5 patients a day. Are they covering your mileage cost? Any benefits?
    I need to talk to them about the benefits. BTW, your job seems great! Congrats!
  11. by   HH_RN13
    Thanks! I got lucky :-) hopefully your employer at least provides good benefits because with that pay it would be hard to buy your own insurance
  12. by   Bunny99
    Quote from VeronikaRN
    Thanks! I got lucky :-) hopefully your employer at least provides good benefits because with that pay it would be hard to buy your own insurance
    Thank you! Could you please explain " hard to buy your own insurance"? What kind of insurance? Is it medical insurance, dental, etc?
  13. by   HH_RN13
    Yea I meant health, dental, vision. Those would fall under benefits. Some employers cover 50% some do 100%. My employer doesn't offer that at all saying that it balances out since she pays more per visit than other agencies. And also, I don't know if you already have your malpractice insurance. My agency requires it and either way it's a good idea to have it.
  14. by   turnforthenurse
    That seems VERY low for a full-time position, especially in California.

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