Duke pay for nurses is shameful - page 2

THE SALARIES IN N.C. ARE VERY LOW COMPARED TO THE AVERAGE. DUKE WANTED TO START ME AT 24 AND CHANGE PER HOUR with 12 years experience in Cardio-Thoracic! COMING FROM LOS ANGELES I WAS WAS FLOORED. WE... Read More

  1. by   Loque
    I'm not an RN yet, but live in the area, 'word on the street' is that a new grad can expect something in the $23/hr range, base without any differentials.
  2. by   luckybella
    I was offered a new grad position but declined. Starting for a new grad is 20.45 with $4 for nights and $4.5 for weekends.
  3. by   stylishgurl
    Duke really pay way less than any hospital in Raleigh even their differentials are not matching others way lowwww!!! At then end of everything benefits and hourly pay will win your heart rather than just being DUke
  4. by   AP0525
    Duke pays less because they are research/academic medical center. They always pay less...this is the case in FL where I used to live as well.
    It is not just nurses. My husband is a Duke physician and makes far less than he would at a private hospital, but again it is because it's an academic hospital. But, he really likes working there.
    Also, I work at WakeMed and started there with a BSN and 6.5 yrs experience and was started nowhere near $32/hr. (Not to mention I'm per diem so they don't even have to give me benefits and pay that low).
  5. by   alvn23
    I think the questions about Duke came from the huge expansion Duke has made in the last decade or so. To North Carolinians, the issues with the heart transplant (wrong blood type,) washing surgical instruments in hydraulic fluid... stuff like that makes it seem that Duke has done a great job at attracting stars, but has not done so well in keeping up with the details that make up much of nursing.
    Here's an article about the Heart Trans fiasco:
    http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,425201,00.html

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    here used to an article on the Duke site about the hydraulic fluid : hydraulicfluidfacts.dukehealth.org, but I think it's gone.
    And as regards your closing dig about UNC and Rex, there reason you can't say the same for UNC is you don't work there. Many people from North Carolina, like myself, would only go to UNC if I had something complicated wrong.

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