I don't live in Idaho (yet) but I have looked at the websites of some of the hospitals in Boise. They have the wage listed for the positions open and it seems that the RN positions start between $19-$20. Home prices are on the rise, so I hope Rn wages go up too.
I have been in touch with several of my classmates (we graduated in June of this year) and the average starting salary for new grads in the Lewis-Clark Valley is around $23.00 an hour. Some new grads do get hired into the float pool....'seems to depend on experience (and sometimes the opinion of your preceptor, if you do your clinical rotations at the hospital where you apply for a job....our instructors called the preceptored part of clinicals "a working job interview"). Washington or Oregon might be a better choice for you if you're looking to make more money; Idaho is a "right-to-work" state so the wages tend to be a bit lower.
I'm a new grad (RN) and have been hired on in Twin Falls at the hospital. Starting is $20.21 without shift dif. They do hire new grads on ICU and NICU. Southern ID is a great place. Not far from fun things. We don't get a whole lot of snow but the wind does blow
I originally posted this days before I graduated the RN program last year. Since than I finally passed the RN course almost a year after graduation and have negotiated myself some exceptional deals. I can say that more than half the battle is knowing when and how to ask for more. I am currently making 25.62/28.12 with night differential at one hospital and 25.00/hr at a long term care facility. One thing I can say don't be afraid after your established to go looking around even if your happy where your at because you never know how valuable you are to an employer until they are afraid to lose you.
guess I'm a little slow on the reply lol. sorry about that. I did work for SLMVRMC a long time ago... as far as negociating sign on bonuses go as far as I can tell around Idaho they are pretty locked in to what you get will be what they offer. That being said there is a little wiggle room with bonuses during negociations if for instance you don't need health insurance, or have special skills being searched for by that company.