Duke pay for nurses is shameful - page 2

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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 GET PAID 40 PER HOUR ON... Read More


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    I'm also from 'up North' and the cost of living is very similar. Cost of living might be less assuming you live in the ghettos of Durham! The patients at Duke, UNC and Rex are the same. Yes, Duke is world renouned and the best at what they do in some areas, but they lack in others. Until VERY recently, they still used paper charting!

    I have worked at UNC and currently at Rex. They are both great! Good luck!
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    I, too, came here from California. I agree that the pay out west is much better, but so is the grief related to a powerful union controlling your profession. The CNA is the second strongest union in California, and I often felt like the forced strikes that nurses are forced to take part in damages both the profession and my pocketbook.

    That rant aside, Duke on your resume would be a great filler (I have UCDMC on mine!).. Try it, you might like it! Training hospitals are the best and nurses frequently feel they have much more autonomy in them. I envy you!
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    What is Duke's starting salary for newly minted BSN? Anybody know?

    Ria
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    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.
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    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.
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    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
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    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).
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    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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