I was wondering, since I'll be in this position soon. I've come to believe that RN's get paid about 40,000 a year right out of graduate school, which averages to about 20.00 to 22.00 dollars an hour, is that accurate. Or have I been painted a bad picture? Also, from what I've been hearing on this website..RN's deserve a lot more. And I believe it to be true, according to the work they do and from what I hear in general. In addition, I believe better pay scales for RN's would ultimately diminish the nursing shortage and more importantly (in a way) bring some more deserving respect to the nursing field.