Comparing a nurses' salary - page 8

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment among Registered Nurses will grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2018. They also report that large metropolitan cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Los... Read More


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    Where are you that you are making $30k/yr? New grads around me are making at least $37k, and on nights, over $40k.
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    Needless to say, once again it all depends on location & the facility. Therefore, make sure you do a little research prior accepting any job, remember the phrase "You Get What You Pay For" just saying...Aloha~
    Last edit by GitanoRN on Aug 28, '12
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    Hospitals like to brag and even "not profit" ones make ALOT of profit. So here in Central Florida, the ADN will be a thing of the past. My school announced that they are doing away with the ADN program and going strictly BSN starting in 2014. Why? because the hospitals told them they do not want to hire anymore ASN/ADN; in-fact, they are forcing all of their ASN/ADN RN's (even those with 10+ experience) to back to school and get their bachelors.

    You can bet if this community college does it, then all others in the area will do it to. So to all those that want to move here, get ready to go back to school. Pay will be the same, but hey, you can tell your family and friends you have a "bachelors" degree now.
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    Quote from Teal72
    Yes seriously...I have no reason to lie..i don't know if you can access it but you can look up the KAiser permanente contracts online and see. Or I'd anyone else in the Sacramento Region please feel free to add.. Especially if you work at KAiser!
    True, but while I'm only making $26.50/hr for noc shift in the midwest, I'm also only paying $700/month mortgage for a 2300 sq house.
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    When my mom graduated LPN school, she barely made above minimum wage, hehe (early 1980s). I make $18.00.hr as an LPN and don't plan on accepting anything less than $25 as an RN.

    As far as those projections go, I just don't know. I don't know if anyone else has noticed but people can't afford health care, censuses are going down, and nursing hours are being cut (not to mention the almost inevitable crash of medicare). Maybe the hour cutting thing is just where I'm from though.

    You also have to take cost of living. I can make around $25/hr here as an RN or drive two hours away and make upwards of $50/hr but also see my living expenses double and triple as well.

    Some posts on this thread have me wondering if the male/female pay gap exists in nursing, hmmm....
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    Austin, Texas... BSN RN (Foreign Trained - Philippines) USA Texas License Spring 2011.

    First Offer LTC $19 (Turned Down)
    Second Offer LTC $23.50 (accepted and worked there 2 months)
    Third Offer Dialysis Clinic (they trained me...) Started at $24.50 been there a year and now making $25.50 avg with weekend pay.

    Pro: Limited weekend work (every other Saturday) and no major holidays.
    Con: Early hours 4:30am,, work can get a bit too repetetive.

    Currently looking for something else (maybe in med-surg to bolster my Dialysis credentials), as no real increase after they spent $10k in training costs (8-12 weeks),,, according to the one year contract I signed.

    As my Father-in-law says,,, if you don't take care of her,,, Someone else will.

    BTW... BSNs should get a bit more pay to start "In my opinion". Perhaps, they
    should receive 2 years of work experience credit when determining starting pay.

    AusTx_FSA
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    Ok after reading most of these posts I just had to comment! when I looked for my first job in 2000 I actually applied to 3 hospitals, one in Colorado, one in Minnesota and one in Wisconsin! Colorado called and their starting pay was a joke, for the cost of living in that area. Minnesota did not want me, but I did not want them either. I took a job in Wisconsin starting pay was $16.57, heck, I thought I was rich! I worked there for 11 years, when I quit to head South I was making $35.30 base with the extras of straight nights, charge nurse pay and weekend pay thrown in! I had no prolem doing what ever I wanted and buying whatever I wanted. It depends on where you live the cost of living is a huge factor. Yes California pays great, but the cost of living is a heck of lot more than Wisconsin or Texas where I am now. Oh and one year I did make around $80,000 when I worked overtime, the hospital had a great little incentive to do it and it did not take but maybe one day extra a pay period.
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    Quote from squirtcatt
    Ok after reading most of these posts I just had to comment! when I looked for my first job in 2000 I actually applied to 3 hospitals, one in Colorado, one in Minnesota and one in Wisconsin! Colorado called and their starting pay was a joke, for the cost of living in that area. Minnesota did not want me, but I did not want them either. I took a job in Wisconsin starting pay was $16.57, heck, I thought I was rich! I worked there for 11 years, when I quit to head South I was making $35.30 base with the extras of straight nights, charge nurse pay and weekend pay thrown in! I had no prolem doing what ever I wanted and buying whatever I wanted. It depends on where you live the cost of living is a huge factor. Yes California pays great, but the cost of living is a heck of lot more than Wisconsin or Texas where I am now. Oh and one year I did make around $80,000 when I worked overtime, the hospital had a great little incentive to do it and it did not take but maybe one day extra a pay period.
    Where in TX are you? I want to apply to the GN program at Baylor in Dallas. Do you know anything about the pay for that area? Any pros/cons?
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    Quote from lvn2bsoon
    Where in TX are you? I want to apply to the GN program at Baylor in Dallas. Do you know anything about the pay for that area? Any pros/cons?
    I am in Central Texas and have no idea what any hospital in Texas pays GN's, sorry. I am sure someone can help you though.
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    Quote from squirtcatt
    I am in Central Texas and have no idea what any hospital in Texas pays GN's, sorry. I am sure someone can help you though.
    Thanks. I know what they pay is for the GN, just not for after, and if it (the pay) is competitive. The program itself is very competitive, but was looking for pros/cons of the program....and so far I see none, but I am sure there are some. It sounds like a great one, and all the research I have done tells me its a good fit for my future goals. But you know what they say about if it sounds to good to be true!


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