ADON pay scale

  1. 0 Hi everyone,
    I am interviewing for an ADON position and was wondering what an average salary would be. I know there are many variables that go into determining salary, so I will tell you what I know so far. First, I have 6 years charge nurse experience, No ADON experience. The facility is 50 beds and is in Massachusetts. I am sure I will be expected to take call.
    Thanks!
  2. Visit  Schmoo1022 profile page

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  3. Visit  Havin' A Party! profile page
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    Just taking a wild stab: $50 to $70K, but not familiar with your specific geographics, facility status, etc.

    Good luck!
  4. Visit  CapeCodMermaid profile page
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    50 beds and there is an ADON position? Unusual in these economic times.
  5. Visit  Schmoo1022 profile page
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    It is nomally a 70 bed facility, has only at this time. I am really not sure why. I haven't met with them yet, but I will be sure to ask
  6. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
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    Quote from Schmoo1022
    Hi everyone,
    I am interviewing for an ADON position and was wondering what an average salary would be.
    Answer: Nowhere NEAR enough. Been there, done that, and have the claw-marks on my back to prove it.

    It's OK if you enjoy working 60-hour weeks and getting paid for 40, and having no time that's truly your own even when you're supposedly NOT on-call. It's also OK if you don't mind having loads of responsibility with very little real authority. Long-term care tends to chew nurse-managers up and spit them out; and it doesn't help that you have to deal with more of the "fluff" than the substance, e.g., you spend most of your time trying to calm down upset family members or inflating their egos so they don't sue the facility, worrying about compliance with State regs, and investigating every microscopic skin tear and bruise that appear on your residents.

    But, that's just me...........I wish you luck, someone's got to do these jobs!
  7. Visit  Havin' A Party! profile page
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    ... 60-hour weeks and getting paid for 40, and having no time that's truly your own even when you're supposedly NOT on-call...
    Sorry to hear this.

    Thought that sounded more like the ADNS' spot.

    You're a tough cookie, Viva.
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  8. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
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    Not so tough as I thought........I was headed for an MI last summer just before I left management, I weighed over 350 lbs. and had a BP so high that my meds couldn't even control it. Now both my weight and BP are down, as is my stress level, which even on a bad day rarely rises above a 5 on a 0-10 scale (I'd say it was a 12 before I quit!).

    ..I can't believe how relaxed I am being just a floor nurse again, where even if I have the shift from Hell, I don't have to deal with it after I hand over the keys to the next shift. I don't have to stay and "fluff" the families, cover the next shift for somebody who's called in at the last minute, give tours of the facility, do all of my work plus parts of everyone else's, and so on. I used to have a hard time feeling like a professional under the hourly wage system; now I couldn't care less how I earn my daily bread as long as I'm getting paid for every second I'm in the building.

    OK, that was OT.....now back to our regularly scheduled thread.
  9. Visit  CapeCodMermaid profile page
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    Glad to hear you're feeling better.
  10. Visit  Havin' A Party! profile page
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    Good for you, Viva.

    Take it the claw marks have healed by now.
  11. Visit  kwvath profile page
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    New ADON with 3 years ICU experience and no LTC - started at $62,000/year.
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  12. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
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    Quote from Havin' A Party!
    Good for you, Viva.

    Take it the claw marks have healed by now.
    Yep..........only the scars remain, and they're fading fast.
  13. Visit  Nascar nurse profile page
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    Answer: Nowhere NEAR enough. Been there, done that, and have the claw-marks on my back to prove it.

    It's OK if you enjoy working 60-hour weeks and getting paid for 40, and having no time that's truly your own even when you're supposedly NOT on-call. It's also OK if you don't mind having loads of responsibility with very little real authority. Long-term care tends to chew nurse-managers up and spit them out; and it doesn't help that you have to deal with more of the "fluff" than the substance, e.g., you spend most of your time trying to calm down upset family members or inflating their egos so they don't sue the facility, worrying about compliance with State regs, and investigating every microscopic skin tear and bruise that appear on your residents.

    But, that's just me...........I wish you luck, someone's got to do these jobs!


    I was very clear in the interview process that I would NOT routinely be doing 9-10 hour days. I have a second full-time job that is extremely important to me (my family!). "I agree to an 8 hr/day salary and that is what I anticipate working 95% of the time". Both of us understood that if they wanted/needed someone to commit to 10hr+ days, I wasn't the one for them. It's been nearly 3 months and I get out at 8.25-8.5 hr/day at least 90% of the time (and I am OK with that - knew it wouldn't be perfect .


    The rest of what is posted above... gotta agree, it pretty much sucks most days. I can only hope I make a difference a little at a time.

    I haven't ever had an official ADON title before, but they knew that I knew the job responsibilities and wouldn't require much training. Therefore, I probably did start at an above average wage in this area. Very close to 60,000
  14. Visit  Jo Dirt profile page
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    $26/hr in a 108-bed facility. Not a salaried position (though the DON is a salaried position at this place.) I'm actually kind of like an assistant to the assistant DON at this point. She wanted to cut her hours so I stand in for her several days a week. I don't know if the idea is that she will teach me to do her job because she wants to move to another position in the facility or what (they are talking about specializing in wounds and then will need a wound care specialist, which is what she is), but I'm grateful for the hours.

    I would be ineterested to know what the ADON is actually making, but I won't be nosey. I know she is paid by the hour like I am.


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