So I obtained a CNA job in a LTC facility during nursing school
for the experience and for a little extra cash. After graduation, they kept me on but as a CNA until I passed my boards, that means no increase in wages as a new grad.
I worked as a CNA confident that soon I would pass my boards and be a RN and earn the proper wages and be able to work the proper job. I got to take my boards quickly and passed with no problem. The pay period ended and I only had a couple days as an aide so I understood that payroll was unable to get the paperwork processed prior to checks being cut. Well, the next schedule came out and I was assigned 7 out of 10 days as an aide since we were short staffed. The next schedule came out and I was assigned as a RN, finally.
I offered to work extra shifts (and did) and did everything I could to be a team player. The next pay check came out and guess what... yup, aide wages. I didn't accept it and sat in the office but no one from corporate could or would explain why I am not receiving the agreed upon wages. They finally said that it would be reflected on my next check.
I don't know what to do. I can't seem to secure an interview at any other place. I can't work for these wages as a RN. Should I file a complaint with the Bureau of Labor? Should I quit? I hate to quit because it is much easier to find a job if you have a job. But I really need to make more than this wage. And in case you are wondering... aides make 8.50 and RNs make 21.50. I know it isn't all about the money, but I am not a volunteer, I am supposed to be an employee. And I worked dang hard for that RN behind my name. And now the student loans are going to come due. It really stinks!!!!!