Salary for British Columbians

  1. Hi,
    I'm just wondering what the starting salary is like for a BScN / RN in BC.
    My aunt is a RN and she told me that nurses work 48 hours a week 4 shifts a week and 12 hours a shift.

    1) So.. how does this work with the over time..?
    8 hours a shift is regular 26.~$/hr pay? and the rest of the remaining 4
    hours are ~40$/hr?

    Or.. do they get paid weekly .. so 40 hours is 26.~$/hr and the
    remaining 8 is ~40$/hr?

    Or.. is there no over time pay at all until after 48 hours?

    2) Also.. I'd like to know how nurses are paid during the night and the
    day.. how much more would a nurse make at night?

    3) Is it possible for a nurse to "hog" all the hours? Since there is some kind
    of shortage arising.. is it possible for nurses to take on as many hours as they can physically handle in a week?

    4) How long does it usually take to move up the payscale? Would it be
    dependant on the hours worked, the years worked, or.. just based on
    performance?

    5) This question is kind of off compared to the other ones.. but how much
    would a clinical nurse instructor be making? for.. LPN's or student BSN's?

    All information is greatly appreciated, thanks!
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  3. by   fergus51
    Quote from noworries
    Hi,
    I'm just wondering what the starting salary is like for a BScN / RN in BC.
    My aunt is a RN and she told me that nurses work 48 hours a week 4 shifts a week and 12 hours a shift.

    1) So.. how does this work with the over time..?
    8 hours a shift is regular 26.~$/hr pay? and the rest of the remaining 4
    hours are ~40$/hr?

    Or.. do they get paid weekly .. so 40 hours is 26.~$/hr and the
    remaining 8 is ~40$/hr?

    Or.. is there no over time pay at all until after 48 hours?

    2) Also.. I'd like to know how nurses are paid during the night and the
    day.. how much more would a nurse make at night?

    3) Is it possible for a nurse to "hog" all the hours? Since there is some kind
    of shortage arising.. is it possible for nurses to take on as many hours as they can physically handle in a week?

    4) How long does it usually take to move up the payscale? Would it be
    dependant on the hours worked, the years worked, or.. just based on
    performance?

    5) This question is kind of off compared to the other ones.. but how much
    would a clinical nurse instructor be making? for.. LPN's or student BSN's?

    All information is greatly appreciated, thanks!
    Full time work in BC is actually 4 on and then 4 off. That works out to less than 4 12s in a week because you only work 4 shifts every 8 days. You are not paid OT until you work more than those shifts. You are also only payed 11.25 hours per shift because you have one unpaid break, so you get paid 45hours for 4 shifts, not 48. Pay is determined by seniority (years of service). You can look up the wages at the union website www.bcnu.org I think. A new grad starts around 26 an hour with an extra buck or so for night shifts (most people rotate days and nights) . I am not certain what instructors make. I would suggest you go to www.healthmatchbc.org and look up jobs to see.

    Oh, and the number of hours you can work will depend on how short your unit is and how much your coworkers want to work. One person will not get first dibbs at all the OT, it is shared among the staff. Plus, I doubt your manager would want you to work too many hours for reasons of patient safety.
    Last edit by fergus51 on Oct 24, '05
  4. by   noworries
    Thanks for the quick reply fergus,

    I've actually got another question for you..
    I really want to be an ER nurse because I hear its very exciting and fast paced.. I know that if I want to be an ER nurse in Vancouver, I'll need to go through BCIT's post-RN program to be eligible.. is it the same in the states? or would I just need to go through some sort of orientation in the states to become a ER nurse?
  5. by   fergus51
    Quote from noworries
    Thanks for the quick reply fergus,

    I've actually got another question for you..
    I really want to be an ER nurse because I hear its very exciting and fast paced.. I know that if I want to be an ER nurse in Vancouver, I'll need to go through BCIT's post-RN program to be eligible.. is it the same in the states? or would I just need to go through some sort of orientation in the states to become a ER nurse?
    Most places in the US have their own orientation, so you don't need a particular course to apply. Hospitals in Vancouver would take you without the BCIT courses if you have experience in the specialty area already. I got hired as an L&D nurse before doing the courses because I had experience as an L&D nurse in the US before living there.
  6. by   ghostcat
    Quote from fergus51
    Most places in the US have their own orientation, so you don't need a particular course to apply. Hospitals in Vancouver would take you without the BCIT courses if you have experience in the specialty area already. I got hired as an L&D nurse before doing the courses because I had experience as an L&D nurse in the US before living there.

    Fergus-
    Just curious - where do your work and how do you like it. We are moving up to BC from Oregon and I'm trying to decide if I want to stay in L&D or if I'm burned out! (I've been working in high high risk level 3 here).
  7. by   canuckeh!
    Here is a link to the collective agreement in force at all the hospitals in British Columbia. You can look up the salary, hours of work per week(36), overtime provisions etc.

    <http://www.bcnu.org/Contract_Folder/bcnu_ca_033106.pdf>

    The majority of nurses in BC do not work 4 on. 4 off. There are a huge variety of rotations including 7.2, 7.5, 8, 9, 10 , 11 and 12 hour rotations.

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