I am moving to Baton Rouge after I graduate from nursing school in December and I wanted to get some opinions on where the best place would be for me to work as a new graduate. I have done some research and it seems that a majority of the larger hospitals there start at a base pay of $20/hr for BSNs. Is this the average starting salary or am I missing out on something better? I know in New Orleans I have friends that started out at $23 - 25 an hour right out of school. I also am looking for a hospital that would have a decent orientation period and has incentives such as sign on bonuses. Any information would be helpful. Thanks!
Just a head's up about the Lake. I worked there as a phlebotomist while I was in nursing school and they are the WORST! Very good for traumas but then again EKL is the best as far as I have heard if you are in emergency medicine nursing. The Lake pays the lowest (my friends that work there said they started at around $18 an hour). Any nurse I worked with who graduated from the Lake hated the college and were desperately looking for other jobs. For being a Christian hospital I would not advise any of my friends to work at the Lake and that is why I left. I am going straight to New Orleans when I graduate because they are starting new grads off at around $25 an hour and you dont have to work crazy hours of the night to get that salary!!
Good luck to you!!
Last edit by sirI on Oct 9, '09