How can I increase my salary?

  1. I am currently an entry-level RPN. And was wondering the different ways to increase my salary but still remain an RPN. What are the different specialities I can branch into as an RPN?
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   klone
    What is an RPN?
  4. by   SpiritReborn
    Registered Practical Nurse.
  5. by   hppygr8ful
    Quote from klone
    What is an RPN?
    My question exactly?
  6. by   klone
    What country are you in? In the US, there is a Registered Nurse, and a Licensed Practical Nurse. There is no such thing as a Registered Practical Nurse.
  7. by   Fiona59
    OP is in Ontario, Canada. That is the only province to use that title. In the western provinces, RPN is a registered psychiatric nurse.
  8. by   hppygr8ful
    Quote from SpiritReborn
    Registered Practical Nurse.
    I don't know how things are in Canada - but here in the US if you are not interested in advancing your education and want to make more money you work extra shifts, lots of overtime or two jobs.

    Hppy
  9. by   SpiritReborn
    Ah, I see. I'm from Canada.
  10. by   Larry2016
    Work overtime

  11. by   SpiritReborn
    Thank you all for your responses. Looks like overtime is the answer : )
  12. by   canadawali
    You can talk to your manager and justify why you think you need a higher salary. Discuss achievements and how you overcame obstacles.
  13. by   Julius Seizure
    In my experience, changing jobs can get you a salary bump sometimes. But you don't want to do it too often, or your work history will look like you are unreliable. However, once you are somewhere for a few years, changing your employer can potentially (not always) come with a nice raise.
  14. by   Fiona59
    Quote from canadawali
    You can talk to your manager and justify why you think you need a higher salary. Discuss achievements and how you overcame obstacles.
    Unless the OP is working in the private sector that won't fly.

    The vast majority of Canadian nurses are unionized and wage increases can only occur when a certain number of hours have been worked.

    Even in the private sector, the wages are usually very close to union rates.

    No manager will hire a first year nurse and pay them top wages, the skills and knowledge just arent' there. In my province, a first year PN starts at around $26/hour. There is no manager that will pay them $35/hour which is top rated.

    You can increase your wages by working nights, weekends and afternoons. When I work weekend nights, I make an extras $8.25 an hour, which puts me around $44/hr.

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