RN starting salary in OKC - page 3

I really have no clue how much new grads are making starting out. I've heard about $18/hr base plus differentials--does that sound about right? How much does the average RN with experience make after a few years? Marilyn... Read More

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    Quote from lauritasol
    I just graduated and got hired on at OU. It is 9.60 as a nurse partner (while in school), 16.00 as a nurse tech (graduate nurse), 17.60 as a RN with 2.35 evenings, 2.60 nights and 3.00 weekends. I also got a $4K sign on bonus that was tax free if I took it before I graduated.

    HTH!
    That is good to know, thanks.

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    What exactly is a nurse partner at OU Med Center? I've heard of the program before, what kinds of things do you do? Also, what are the hours like?
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    Quote from lauritasol
    I just graduated and got hired on at OU. It is 9.60 as a nurse partner (while in school), 16.00 as a nurse tech (graduate nurse), 17.60 as a RN with 2.35 evenings, 2.60 nights and 3.00 weekends. I also got a $4K sign on bonus that was tax free if I took it before I graduated.

    I know when I was looking at some of the other hospitals, most were the same just their benefits differed. I think the highest hospital is Shawnee Unity and it is like either $18 or $18.50 maybe?

    HTH!
    Does OU health science center offer tuition reimbursement to their nurses if you attend OU? That sounded kind of confusing, but what I'm trying to ask is if I got a job with them as an LPN and wanted to the LPN-BSN program, will they pay for it? I have considered trying to get on at the clinics here in Tulsa. The pay isn't great, but if I could go to school for free...well it's worth it. But I've been told that St. John's offers complete tuition reimbursement for LPNs to get their RN or BSN so that's where I'll probably end up.
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    I'm wondering how OKC compares with Tulsa in regards to pay. The $14.01 figure was from a few years ago and I got it from this website. Can't remember which one but it was from this forum.

    I'm wondering how accurate salary.com is. Can someone (a current RN or LPN) tell me if salary.com is close what is actually paid in Oklahoma? I've been wondering that for a long time.

    Thanks for any help on this...

    Kat
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    Quote from BabyRN2Be
    I'm wondering how accurate salary.com is. Can someone (a current RN or LPN) tell me if salary.com is close what is actually paid in Oklahoma? I've been wondering that for a long time.
    Kat
    I've wondered as well.... Good question!
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    Quote from marilynmom
    I've wondered as well.... Good question!
    It took some digging, but somehow I got a total of ~$50,000 for a staff nursing working in ICU (I would love to do NICU but they didn't give an estimate for a staff nurse working in NICU. Although this would be an AWESOME wage, I just can't help thinkng that's not a figure that's going to happen in this state.

    Any other thoughts here? I'm just really curious about this...
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    According to the Oklahoma Nurses Association, the average nursing salary in OK is around $43,000. Check out this website - you can click on any state and get salary info. http://html.10news.com/sh/idi/health/nurses/index.html
    OK ranks 47 in the nation for pay rates. But remember that we also have a low cost of living.
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    Neat link Lana, thanks. I think that seems about right.
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    Quote from pmichelli
    Shift diffs are generally 2 for evenings, 2.5 for nights and 3 for weekends.
    What does that mean? I'm totally ignorant to most things regarding nursing.

    Also, I really thought an RN would make more than $18/Hr. I make $10/Hr at a warehouse job right now and I average a little more with the overtime I pick up.
    Last edit by MVent on Nov 26, '06
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    Quote from LanaBanana
    According to the Oklahoma Nurses Association, the average nursing salary in OK is around $43,000. Check out this website - you can click on any state and get salary info. http://html.10news.com/sh/idi/health/nurses/index.html
    OK ranks 47 in the nation for pay rates. But remember that we also have a low cost of living.
    I have lived in Oklahoma most of my life (i.e. 31 years. And, I've been in Wisconsin for the past year and in Texas for 5 years prior to that.) I just earned my BSN and was hoping to move back closer to my family and friends in Oklahoma, but with such poor nursing wages in Oklahoma, I can't afford to move back.

    And, Oklahoma's cost of living is NOT that low. In the following article, which compares salary with cost of living, "Which pasture is really greener?", Oklahoma is ranked 22nd (out of 50) when you adjust salary with the cost of living. Texas came out on top, so I'll probably be moving back there.

    And, when you look at LanaBanana's article, "Not enough nurses", Oklahoma has the 4th worst (i.e. lowest) nurse salary in the U.S. and the 5th worst nurse supply (i.e. 5th lowest nurse to resident ratio) in the U.S. I'm definitely disappointed, to say the least.

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    AcceptableRisk
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