Need For Nurses Remains High in Maryland - page 2

The number of unfilled nursing jobs in Maryland has dropped slightly after a spike in the late 1990s, according to a new survey, but nurses are still in high demand across the state. Vacant... Read More

  1. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from nursemjb
    I don't know about Utah but I feel that Florida can pay a little less because of their ambiance and tourist attractions, etc. Unlike California, Florida isn't unionized and Florida doesn't have a state income tax. JMO
    Ambience and tourist attractions!!!

    I suggest you try working and living there off the "ambience and tourist attractions" and what people/patients that they attract.

    If they were all that worthwhile, they wouldn't have a shortage.
  2. by   nursemjb
    Quote from caroladybelle
    Ambience and tourist attractions!!!

    I suggest you try working and living there off the "ambience and tourist attractions" and what people/patients that they attract.

    If they were all that worthwhile, they wouldn't have a shortage.
    I'm not saying that they are right. I'm just saying that the tourist thing may be one of their come ons. And a lot of young single people may like that. If I was young and single again I would have considered it. JMO
  3. by   RNKITTY04
    I graduate in August, was offered a job starting at $17.25, a 2500.00 sign on bonus, titution rembursment up to $6000.00 and they said they will pay me back if I take Kaplan and pass my boards, oh and I live in Florida. Is this good? Is it similar to other states?
  4. by   baburton
    A friend and I (new RN grads) are preparing to move to the DC area. I am concerned about being able to afford to live in the area as an RN. I'v only found jobs that pay about ($24.00/hr). With the (very) high cost of living, do you know of any hospitals or RN positions that pay more or are the best to work for? We've visited INOVA (fairfax) and another hospital in Washington DC, where both pay $24.00/hr. I don't see how someone, a new RN, could afford to live there when apts. are about $2,000/month in the DC/Arlington areas. What are your ideas?
    Are next visit is to the NIH in MD.

    Thanks so much!
    Brad and Colleen
    Indiana



    Quote from Evelyn381
    I reside in Maryland and you would never know that there was such a shortage here. I went on many interviews this year as a new graduate and the pay they were presenting to me was not what I was expecting after doing research on starting pay for nurses. It was around 20-22/hr. If I wanted to go to Washington D.C. they start at 24/hr, but you have to pay for parking. You would think if there was a shortage they would be paying better like other hospitals across the nation. I have also read that Maryland was one of the highest paid area for nurses, but I have'nt noticed that yet. I have talked with friends of mine that are nurses who get paid well, but only after working for several years. Even in the specialty areas where pay was thought be more than other areas is not the case anymore. They get paid the same across the units.
    At least this is what I have noticed. We do a lot of work and don't get paid what we should. But I love helping people and that is why I got into this profession.
  5. by   baburton
    Hi, i have a friend that lives in Tallahassee (sp?). She started at 18.50 and loves the hospital. She also said it's really cheap to live there. you've got some good benefits there, but what are the shift diffs? in other words, what would you be making after 3pm or 7pm or on weekends? That is REALLY important to consider! I'm finding that out. Many hospitals may pay more, but you HAVE to look at the shift differentials! We have two very competative hospital sysytems here in Indianapolis, IN. One pays more, but the diffs are much LESS. -they know many people don't look at those!

    have to watch em! If you want more info on the hospital in tallah., FL. let me know!

    have a good day!
    Brad


    Quote from RNKITTY04
    I graduate in August, was offered a job starting at $17.25, a 2500.00 sign on bonus, titution rembursment up to $6000.00 and they said they will pay me back if I take Kaplan and pass my boards, oh and I live in Florida. Is this good? Is it similar to other states?
  6. by   EvelynRN-BSN
    Yes, Washington D.C. and Virginia are both areas that are a high cost of living. You could not afford it with that income, unless maybe you struggle and work overtime. Basically, you'd be living paycheck to paycheck. Plus, with those hospitals there is a parking fee. I talked with those hospitals and it is not cheap. That is why I took a job at AAMC for $22/hr. $24/hr is the highest I have seen, but like I said you have to pay for parking so you have to subtract that out of you hourly wage. Maybe you can live outside of the D.C. area, but not the clintion area. It is getting so bad. I talked with NIH about working there, but they said they don't hire new graduate nurses. That to me was a shot down. I would have loved to work there. They want me to get the experience first, understandable though. First, what units are you wanting to work in? I know of two hospitals with bad reps...one right across from me Southern Maryland Hospital and another forty minutes from me Civista. They start at $21.49 for new nurses. Good Luck on your search. I have heard nothing but great things about anne arundel that is why I am driving almost an hour to work there. They are high tech, computerized MARs, and charting. $1500 sign on bonus, pay up to $3000 of your last two semesters of nursing school. I have been in there several times and they have all been extremely nice. I have not started on the unit yet, so we will see about that come september. The supervisor for the unit seemed very nice. I hope you find somewhere to go. If you can land a job at NIH, that would be the place to be. But I don't know how they treat their employees.
    Good Luck and I wish you the best on your journey ahead of you.
    Evelyn




    Quote from baburton
    A friend and I (new RN grads) are preparing to move to the DC area. I am concerned about being able to afford to live in the area as an RN. I'v only found jobs that pay about ($24.00/hr). With the (very) high cost of living, do you know of any hospitals or RN positions that pay more or are the best to work for? We've visited INOVA (fairfax) and another hospital in Washington DC, where both pay $24.00/hr. I don't see how someone, a new RN, could afford to live there when apts. are about $2,000/month in the DC/Arlington areas. What are your ideas?
    Are next visit is to the NIH in MD.

    Thanks so much!
    Brad and Colleen
    Indiana
  7. by   Sflowerssweeney
    Hi, I'm a nursing student, and am very interested in cosmetic surgery nursing. Sounds like you are a brilliant student. What do you need to get into the field?




    Quote from Evelyn381
    What exactly do you mean by, "Get out while you've got your health". It sounds to me as if you do not enjoy nursing at all. Did it wear you out over the years? If you knew what you know now, would you have changed your profession? I hear this a lot about nursing. Just curious on your reason for saying it. My goal is to become a CRNA and possibly a surgeon. I was pre-med for awhile and have a degree in biological sciences along with my nursing degree. From the Biological Sciences degree I have majority of my pre-reqs for medical school, but decided to get a degree in nursing just in case I could'nt get in medical school. I know I want to help people and truly my favorite thing is surgery. I love it, but I need a year of Critical care to get into the CRNA program, so that ruled out O.R. Although I work for a cosmetic surgery center right now. I have been there for three years and love it.
    I hope to continue working there two days a week and three days a week at the hospital in the ICU. WIll see how that works out.
  8. by   EvelynRN-BSN
    Quote from Sflowerssweeney
    Hi, I'm a nursing student, and am very interested in cosmetic surgery nursing. Sounds like you are a brilliant student. What do you need to get into the field?
    Hello Sflowersseeney,
    I started working as a medical assistant for a rheumotologist and internal medicine, along with a pediatrition (his wife and him shared the same office) for a couple years. I was going to nursing school at the same time and my school hours started conflicting with my hours of work. So, I started looking for another medical job and seen an ad on cosmetic surgery. I called to see if they were hiring. I went in for the interview and have been working there for three years now. Just go for it! I love working as a nurse in cosmetic surgery. I had no cosmetic experience before this job. I taught myself a lot and proved to them I was perfect for the position. Just sell yourself and be confident!
    Evelyn
  9. by   TexasPoodleMix
    Quote from Evelyn381
    Hello Sflowersseeney,
    I started working as a medical assistant for a rheumotologist and internal medicine, along with a pediatrition (his wife and him shared the same office) for a couple years. I was going to nursing school at the same time and my school hours started conflicting with my hours of work. So, I started looking for another medical job and seen an ad on cosmetic surgery. I called to see if they were hiring. I went in for the interview and have been working there for three years now. Just go for it! I love working as a nurse in cosmetic surgery. I had no cosmetic experience before this job. I taught myself a lot and proved to them I was perfect for the position. Just sell yourself and be confident!
    Evelyn
    Oh I think that would be so interesting. When I was going to consults for PS (I didn't end up having it done) I spoke to an LVN most of the time, who was soo helpful and reassuring.
  10. by   obxyogini
    Quote from Evelyn381
    What exactly do you mean by, "Get out while you've got your health". It sounds to me as if you do not enjoy nursing at all. Did it wear you out over the years? If you knew what you know now, would you have changed your profession? I hear this a lot about nursing. Just curious on your reason for saying it. My goal is to become a CRNA and possibly a surgeon. I was pre-med for awhile and have a degree in biological sciences along with my nursing degree. From the Biological Sciences degree I have majority of my pre-reqs for medical school, but decided to get a degree in nursing just in case I could'nt get in medical school. I know I want to help people and truly my favorite thing is surgery. I love it, but I need a year of Critical care to get into the CRNA program, so that ruled out O.R. Although I work for a cosmetic surgery center right now. I have been there for three years and love it.
    I hope to continue working there two days a week and three days a week at the hospital in the ICU. WIll see how that works out.
    Are you Kidding? You went into nursing "just in case you didn't get into medical school" So basically you became a low nurse, just in case the better profession of being a doctor didn't work out!! Obviously you don't "get" it. We nurses are not beneath doctors, we do a DIFFERENT job.
    Alot of us that are nurses have just as many biological science course in our belt but wanted to remain personable with people and interact one-to-one. Doctors come and go in a patients life very quickly. The young and inexperienced individual such as yourself does a great disservice to the nursing profession. Do us all a favor, and go on to become a doctor and skip the nursing part. If you think it is just a stepping stone to something better, you will hate it from day one and we won't like you much either.
  11. by   pamalicia
    Does anyone know which hopsitals pay the most in Maryland?
  12. by   lcflwt
    Evelyn, my take on your situation..chuck the low paid nursing, you are qualified right now to go to 2 year PA school. You will make more money than a longer-educated NP, though I am not aware that PAs are doing anesthesia. PAs are preferred over NPs for the OR basically because the training is more consistent with the med school training that the surgeon who is hiring you is used to. The only benefit of NP over PA is the ability to bill independent of physician services, and this has not been well popularized by the NP groups. As you asked, if I had known then what I know now, I would have not done nursing, but done PA or perfusionist curiculum, would not have gone on for MSN and CV NP only to chuck it all cause I can make more money working PT as traveler ICU RN. And nursing will only be my occupation for a few more years unless I move to neonatal ICU as I begin to notice the strain on my aging body


    Quote from Evelyn381
    What exactly do you mean by, "Get out while you've got your health". It sounds to me as if you do not enjoy nursing at all. Did it wear you out over the years? If you knew what you know now, would you have changed your profession? I hear this a lot about nursing. Just curious on your reason for saying it. My goal is to become a CRNA and possibly a surgeon. I was pre-med for awhile and have a degree in biological sciences along with my nursing degree. From the Biological Sciences degree I have majority of my pre-reqs for medical school, but decided to get a degree in nursing just in case I could'nt get in medical school. I know I want to help people and truly my favorite thing is surgery. I love it, but I need a year of Critical care to get into the CRNA program, so that ruled out O.R. Although I work for a cosmetic surgery center right now. I have been there for three years and love it.
    I hope to continue working there two days a week and three days a week at the hospital in the ICU. WIll see how that works out.
  13. by   ValerieB
    Most of us know that this profession is not working in a burger joint. When I first started in nursing 20 years ago, I worked 12 hour nights which was not my first choice. You either like being a nurse or you don't. There are tons of different roles in nursing not just "bedside". Sometimes it takes a few years to find the right hospital and the right " job" for you. I don't think telling a new grad to " get out while you can" is appropriate. I think I make a very good living at a very tough job sometimes, but so do allot of people. As far as unions go, forget it.

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