Nevada Lowest Paying Nurses?????

  1. Hi me and my monkey again . OK a friend of mine's wife who I guess was a nurse in Vegas said that Nevada is the lowest paying state for nursing? It says right on www.nvnurses.com that it's in the upper 25% ? Does this person not have all her facts together or what?
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  3. by   MikeyJ
    Quote from buffalowing81
    Hi me and my monkey again . OK a friend of mine's wife who I guess was a nurse in Vegas said that Nevada is the lowest paying state for nursing? It says right on www.nvnurses.com that it's in the upper 25% ? Does this person not have all her facts together or what?
    We are actually one of the highest paying states in the U.S. As far as I remember, Las Vegas/Henderson is within the top 20 cities in the U.S. for best nurses pay. The LOWEST you will make at a hospital is right around $21, which is at UMC (county hospital). I've heard of some new grads making excess of $26 at St. Rose hospitals. The flip side to our high pay is the horrible working conditions. Las Vegas hospitals are notorious for the horrible nurseatient ratios.
  4. by   Reno1978
    In northern NV, the going rate for new grads is $25/hr.
  5. by   caballoazul78
    Quote from sistermike
    We are actually one of the highest paying states in the U.S. As far as I remember, Las Vegas/Henderson is within the top 20 cities in the U.S. for best nurses pay. The LOWEST you will make at a hospital is right around $21, which is at UMC (county hospital). I've heard of some new grads making excess of $26 at St. Rose hospitals. The flip side to our high pay is the horrible working conditions. Las Vegas hospitals are notorious for the horrible nurseatient ratios.

    that's considered good? OMG, here in SF bay area a new grad starts in between 40-50 dollars/hour...
  6. by   MikeyJ
    Quote from caballoazul78
    that's considered good? OMG, here in SF bay area a new grad starts in between 40-50 dollars/hour...
    Yes, and the cost of living in SF is RIDICULOUS. My partner and I looked into SF and we couldn't find a decent home for less than 450K.

    Almost all of CA has high wages for nurses and you are not considering cost of living.
  7. by   caballoazul78
    Quote from sistermike
    Yes, and the cost of living in SF is RIDICULOUS. My partner and I looked into SF and we couldn't find a decent home for less than 450K.

    Almost all of CA has high wages for nurses and you are not considering cost of living.
    Unfortunately, my student loans have SF levels. I will not make it just earning 24/hr.
  8. by   MikeyJ
    Quote from caballoazul78
    Unfortunately, my student loans have SF levels. I will not make it just earning 24/hr.
    How much do you have in student loans?? I know of students who graduated with $50K+ in loans and do fine. I will personally have $55K+ in loans and am not worried at all. You have to understand that Vegas's cost of living is far lower than SF. Yes, you may be making $50/hr in SF but think of how much of that will be going toward housing.
  9. by   caballoazul78
    I will be living still with my parents. I wanna pay it off in 1 year. I owe around 32,000 right now.
  10. by   DesertRain
    Yeah there is definitely a link between salary and cost of living anywhere in the country. Nurses will make more in a city that costs more, but in the end, it all equivalates. So Sally, RN in San Francisco making $40/hour has the same 2500 sq ft., 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home as Allen, RN making $25/hour in Las Vegas. You're basically going to live a similar "financial" lifestyle.
  11. by   Sheri257
    The average RN nationwide makes a little under $60K a year ...

    The average Nevada RN makes $63K a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nv.htm#b29-0000

    So I wouldn't say that Nevada pay is the lowest.

    :typing
  12. by   Nakia
    I work at UMC and the starting rate is 23. Employees at UMC actually make more because the only taxes we have to pay is FICA and medicaid. I can work the same amt of hours as an emplyee at St. Rose and actually make more money because we don't have all the taxes.
  13. by   DesertRain
    Nakia, how many hospitals did you apply at and did you do research before deciding to work for UMC. I heard UMC is a great place to work and I was wondering how hard is it to get in?
  14. by   Nakia
    I apllied to just about every hospital in the area. Sunrise, Desert Springs, St. Rose, Spring Mountain, Valley View. I did do my research and got the scoop on where I should and shouldn't work. Their pay is about the same with the same benefits plus their all private hospitals. Yea UMC gets talked about and dragged through the mud, but I LOVE UMC. It's a teaching hospital so you learn a lot, the people who work here are great and the benefits are excellent.

    As a new grad it was hard because you have to wait till their website offers new grad positions. It will actually say New Graduate. I know for the ER they only had 3 open positions and a lot of people interviewing so. Just apply and see what happens.

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