I am a new grad RN with a BA (anthropology). I have been offered my first job, right down the street from my house at a Long-Term Care facility with 92 beds, noc shift, float. I was offered the new grad starting pay of $25/hr, and am disappointed, but need some REAL advice about today's pay for a new grad. I do not live in an unusually high-cost-of-living metro area. I will be asking about differentials when I meet with HR. Thank you!!!!
Sep 9, '12
by Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
Where I used to live (moderate cost of living), that hourly rate beats the hospital's starting salary PLUS diff hourly rate for new grads.
Not saying you don't have a right to be disappointed...but I'd do a little comparison shopping to see what other facilities may be offering in your area. Also consider that a higher pay may not necessarily be a better place to work it. You have to take into the facility itself as well as the commute. If this place is "down the street" your commute will be minimal. That would trump making $28/hr but having to drive 30 minutes to get there (because most of that extra money will go right into your gas tank)
And keep in mind that you are a new grad, which means the bottom rung in the pay ladder.
Last edit by Meriwhen on Sep 13, '12
: Reason: forgot "don't"