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  1. Hi Nurses,
    I wanted to know if nurses get paid by the hour or by salary. Do nurses get paid overtime if they have to work overtime irrespective of being paid on the hour or by salary? I heard if you get paid salary, you are not entitled to overtime pay. That's why nurses hate working overtime, is this thought true? Thank you
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   TexasPediRN
    Most staff nurses (who work the floors) are paid hourly. Never ever take a salaried staff nurse position.

    With salaried, you are correct. You may work overtime, but you will not get paid for it.

    With hourly, you get paid overtime.

    I think that most nurses may not like overtime b/c you get burnt-out. Yes, the money is great but you cant work 7 days a week. You'll be digging your own grave that way. Also, depending on staffing conditions may be another reason that nurses dont work overtime - why go in extra if you know you are going to be short of help?

    Personally, I love OT. If I could work 4-5 days a week, I would. However, it would be 2 days on, at least one day off, then another on, etc. I would never ever do 4-5 in a row. Its too much (speaking of 12 hour shifts here).

    Hope that answers your question...
  4. by   doggybour
    Quote from MeghanRN
    Most staff nurses (who work the floors) are paid hourly. Never ever take a salaried staff nurse position.

    With salaried, you are correct. You may work overtime, but you will not get paid for it.

    With hourly, you get paid overtime.

    I think that most nurses may not like overtime b/c you get burnt-out. Yes, the money is great but you cant work 7 days a week. You'll be digging your own grave that way. Also, depending on staffing conditions may be another reason that nurses dont work overtime - why go in extra if you know you are going to be short of help?

    Personally, I love OT. If I could work 4-5 days a week, I would. However, it would be 2 days on, at least one day off, then another on, etc. I would never ever do 4-5 in a row. Its too much (speaking of 12 hour shifts here).

    Hope that answers your question...
    Yea thanks but if am offered a salary position, can i ask to be changed to hourly rate? would they change my pay status? or can i simply ask if i get paid overtime? Am willing to work overtime even if i have to work 5 days overtime.... thanks
  5. by   TexasPediRN
    I dont think any floor nurse staffing position will be offered as hourly.

    If it is, dont take it.

    Now if its an office nursing job, its probably a salaried nursing job which is normal. You should however, ask how much overtime is required and what their policy is regarding OT pay.

    Good luck
  6. by   doggybour
    Quote from MeghanRN
    I dont think any floor nurse staffing position will be offered as hourly.

    If it is, dont take it.

    Now if its an office nursing job, its probably a salaried nursing job which is normal. You should however, ask how much overtime is required and what their policy is regarding OT pay.

    Good luck
    Thank you very much for your help it has helped me. Do you basically know the hourly base pay for New grads in NYC. Thanks. God richly bless you...
  7. by   TexasPediRN
    Sorry, I cant guess as to NY new grad pay, I really only know TX and PA.

    Try doing a search on the NY forum, I know there is a thread on new grad pay somewhere...

    Good luck

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