Nurse Salary Survey - page 3

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  1. by   ruffneckRN
    Well once again Mississippi is in the "dark ages". I am a nurse manager over a 5 bed CCU and 12 bed step down unit. I have 11 years of ER, CCU, and trauma experience. Have ACLS, EMT-I, TNCC, PALS, NALS, and CPR training. I make a whopping $27.06 an hour. Our new grads start off at $18.50. Our facility does not pay extra for certifications or prior training. We do not offer any increase for LPNs that upgrade to RNs. Our CCU speciality differentail is $.75 an hour. For years of experience we give a 1% increase for each year. I can not tell you how many times I have been laughed at when I tell a seasoned nurse how much they would be making.
    Granted our cost of living is a lot lower than big cities but from what everyone is saying, we are way behind.
  2. by   Nursesds
    Does anyone have any stats on Forensic Nurses salary in their area?
  3. by   groundinghubris
    Quote from ruffneckRN
    Well once again Mississippi is in the "dark ages". I am a nurse manager over a 5 bed CCU and 12 bed step down unit. I have 11 years of ER, CCU, and trauma experience. Have ACLS, EMT-I, TNCC, PALS, NALS, and CPR training. I make a whopping $27.06 an hour. Our new grads start off at $18.50. Our facility does not pay extra for certifications or prior training. We do not offer any increase for LPNs that upgrade to RNs. Our CCU speciality differentail is $.75 an hour. For years of experience we give a 1% increase for each year. I can not tell you how many times I have been laughed at when I tell a seasoned nurse how much they would be making.
    Granted our cost of living is a lot lower than big cities but from what everyone is saying, we are way behind.
    Texas is right down there with you. I too had Trauma Cert, ACLS, PALS, etc... working in level 1 trauma center, earning base pay of 21/hr. We also are a right to work state, which means no unions, no protection, i have seen many nurses in our unit suddenly fired after 20 yrs of dedication--all the hosptial has to say is the position is no longer needed, even though they will fill the same position only using different title. Our insurance premiums were higher then non-hospital employees, though the hospital has its own hmo company. my bring home pay barely met living expenses plus I had student loans to pay for. after yrs of 12 hr shifts with no breaks or lunchs, running from trauma to trauma, last year my body finally rebelled against me. now i am disabled.
    and texas wonders why we have such a nursing shortage.

    we need a national nurses union.
  4. by   hearttravelbug
    ]I have lived in Austin, Texas for 10 years. I consider the salaries pretty good and there is always overtime. There are many new hospitals being built in the areas surrounding Austin. I work in downtown Austin and I have heard many nurses currently working in downtown are moving out to the new hospitals. This may leave the downtown hospitals in a bind. I see overtime and contract nurses weekly.
    ]Downtown is very nice. Austin is unique for the casual atmosphere, great music, restaurants and much to do! I enjoy walking Town Lake, hiking and biking. I think Austin is great in having all the "nature" areas in downtown and throughout.
    ]I believe $30-$35/hr range is average and overtime appears to be regular.
  5. by   Medic01
    If I was offered any less than $31.00 per hour to start as a new grad, I would turn around and walk right out the door. The reason the average salary remains low is because nurses still accept them!
  6. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Quote from Medic01
    If I was offered any less than $31.00 per hour to start as a new grad, I would turn around and walk right out the door. The reason the average salary remains low is because nurses still accept them!
    If you are close to The City, that might be reasonable. But for most new grads, high salaries are not an option. You take what you can get, often on shifts you wish you didn't have to work but no one else wants them either, until you get some experience and some connections.

    If you expect to make $31/hr, you are likely also living in an area where the cost of living is a bit higher than average.

    Christine
  7. by   dass4
    Speaking of salary!! I am just finishing my pre-reqs and will soon move on to the nursing program. However, if I don't get in I thought about doing the SURGICAL TECH. program to work while I improve my scores/wait for an opening (whatever the case may become). Would this program be worth my while --- I hear that LPN's aren't offered many positions because they can attain a RN & get more work from them than investing in a restricted LPN duty nurse. Not sure about the pay scale & work experience that can come from a SURG.TECH. === Anyone got any thoughts?????
  8. by   SDS_RN
    I started out at 18.57 1.5yrs ago and am up to 19.33/hr for days and 20.13 for nocs. Should be getting another raise in 4 mo. but the pay per hour still does not pale in comparison to the cost of going to nursing school.
    My aunt who has been a ICU nurse for 25 years was working on changing jobs and they were going to start her out at $27.50 but it was too big of a pay cut from her previous job so did not take it. 25 years of experience and that's as high as they could offer her. Crazy! We are definatly overworked and underpaid.
  9. by   IphyGirl
    Where do you guys live??My sister is a new grad RN making 32 an hour plus a shift differential. 14-15 an hour for an RN? I hope you are kidding me!

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