on call pay?

  1. Please forgive me if this has been covered.. but I was wondering how much money per hour your hospital pays you to stay home on call. (OB, L and D) I never questioned this before, except I have had three days this payperiod on call, and our hospital pays 1.50 per hr. for me to sit around waiting for the phone to ring. Like a friend told me "you sit around for 1.50/hr at their beck and call? You have to respond in a half hour? They get an employee to sit around for basically nothing?" Got me thinking. Yes, this is a pretty good deal for the hospital. So, is this the norm? What do you get paid to stay home on call?
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  2. 32 Comments

  3. by   anne74
    I work in the PACU, and we get $5 an hour to be on call, and time-and-a-half if we're called in. I think that's the rate for everyone in the hospital.

    $1.50 an hour sounds pretty pathetic!
  4. by   norcalRNstudent
    I'm not working yet, but I'm nearly positive that the going rate around here (SF Bay area) is half of your regular hourly, so around $20 an hour. Why does anyone work on call for $1.50 an hour? It would be more lucrative to flip burgers!
  5. by   letina
    We get an hour's pay for every 4 hours on call, so basically 25% of our normal hourly rate.
  6. by   CuttingEdgeRN
    Surgery here, We only get $15 for each 8 hour call. We do get time and a half if called in, and a minimum of 2 hrs pay, even if case cancels and you turn around and clock right back out.
  7. by   MS._Jen_RN
    We get a % of our pay, it's low, don't remember what, but works to be about $2-3 an hour for most. We get paid normally if called in. If we're not called we can choose to use our accrued vaction time instead of the oncall pay.
    ~Jen
  8. by   RN2Bn2006
    I am an RN in OB/PP/Nsy and we were required (until recently) to take call every 6 weeks from Friday 7pm to Monday 7am - that equals an entire weekend of basically house arrest. Making sure you have someone lined out to babysit your kids, carrying extra shoes, etc... in your car at all times. All this for $2.00 an hour. We got paid time & 1/2 if we got called in. Didn't like being on call entire weekends. One night here & there is fine!
  9. by   Nascar nurse
    I work in long term care as part of management. We are on call every 5-6 weeks from Friday-Monday. We get NOTHING. Even if we spend several hours from home on the phone covering staffing. Basically told "Too bad, that is part of management"

    I have always refused to have sitter care lined up and ready. No way will I pay to have someone to back me up when I am on call for free.
  10. by   rnin02
    We get $5.50 currently, but I think L&D gets $7.50, and I'm pretty sure the OR on call people get $7.50. And then we get time and a half if we are called in. I don't mind $5.50/hr to sit at home and goof off. I wouldn't like $1.50/hr though!
  11. by   Squaw
    I am from GA and we get $3.00 per hr on call and then if we have to go in it is 1 1/2 times our pay.

    The biggest perk of this is that we have EVERY weekend off except for the one 24 hr day a month that we take call unlike other floors that have to work every other weekend. :-)
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    3.50 an hour for on-call pay. Double time for the first 4 hours you go in if called, time and a half for the rest of the time you are there.
  13. by   tvccrn
    Cath lab chiming in...we get $2.00 an hour on call pay. If called in it's time and a half plus a 2 hour minimum even if we aren't there for the full 2 hours.

    tvccrn
    Last edit by tvccrn on Apr 15, '07 : Reason: spelling
  14. by   butterflynurse
    I work in a LTC facility. We are on call for a whole week. We still have to work our regular shift and if someone calls in and they can't find someone to cover, we end up pulling a double. We on get paid for 4 extra hours on our paycheck for being on call all week. This seems wrong on so many levels.

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