I will be graduating in may from a pretty competitive school. Our professors tell us that we are known in the southwest part of the country for our outstanding NCLEX pass rate ~98%. My question is how much should I expect to make in my first year? I want to work in the ICU and I have a very high GPA honors and many nurses and doctors who will give me letters of recommendation. I was thinking 24-26/hr is this unreasonable?
Dec 4, '12
Quote from ImKosher
I don't think you should set your expectations to high. The brand new grad does not have a lot of room to bargain their salary. You would be lucky to even get into critical care. I'm from North Carolina and all the new nurses across the board start at $20 an hour during on their first assignment. Get ready to work night shifts if you want that kind of hourly pay.
I am in NC as well. Im a nursing student who will graduating in May 2013!!! Rural southeast NC and I've never heard of any new grad around our area making more than $22/hr starting out. Of course almost everywhere in and around our area pays shift and holiday differentials for evenings, nights, and weekends.
As far as going into a specialty area. The local hospital where I have worked PRN the past 3 years, and where my school does the majority of its clinicals, the ER has hired and average of 10 new grads per year the past 3 years. ICU about an average of 5 new grads per year for the past 3 years.
Last edit by PatMac10,RN on Dec 4, '12