I'm a RN with just over 3 years experience, and I also had a 1.5 year internship at the same hospital I'm currently at while I was in nursing school. When I graduated, I did about 2 years on the med/surg floor and quickly became tired of being overworked and feeling like a pill pusher. So, I had applied at another hospital for a Float RN position and was accepted for the job. When I gave my 2 weeks notice to my employer, they didn't want to see me leave, so they created a float position in my hospital, and gave me a raise. It's been a year, and I'm still the only Float RN they've hired.
Recently, actually, for the past 4 months or so, I've been spending the majority of my time on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. I'm learning a lot, and am actually becoming very interested in it. Today, I actually overheard the manager saying she was probably going to be posting an open position on that unit, and I think I'd like to become a permanent member of their staff. But, I'm wondering what the average pay is for that kind of specialty? I feel awkward asking the other nurses that work there, partially b/c I don't know if it's rude to ask that, and secondly, I don't want to give them the impression that I'd only be making the switch for the money.
So, if any of you BMT nurses can give some input, I'd appreciate it!
Oh, I'm also ACLS certified and I will be chemo certified as of next week.
Jun 25, '12
Big word of advice - DO NOT go around asking any of your peers about salaries!!! It can be the kiss of death.
Management strongly frowns upon it and your peers may find you being nosey and it could potentially open a can of worms among everyone.
Bring it up during an interview or conversation with mgt; highlight your 'float' experience, your strong interest, and your further certifications as preparation for that type of position.But DO NOT query your peers.
Go for it and good luck.
Jun 25, '12
Where are you located? I have never known a hospital to pay certain units more than others. The nurses working in BMT at my hospital who started at the same time as me made exactly the same base pay as I did working in neurology/neurosurgery. Those who started before me earned more and those who started after earned less, just like with any other floor.
Jun 25, '12
Where I work (Canada) most of the hospitals are under one nursing union and wadge is based on a pay scale not area of work.
I would take an interview, and ask about pay there.
Jun 26, '12
I don't think that specialties get paid more than other specialties... although Critical care sometimes has differentials. Since you are already a nurse at this hospital, I would assume that they'd pay you at your same rate? Your manager or HR may have a more accurate answer, though.
Mar 30, '15
I work for a BMT unit in Atlanta and our pay differential is 5.75 above the base salary for the hospital. Which is quite a bit more than most of the other units.
Aug 7, '15
I would say the best thing to do is simply contact HR. They can tell you based on your hospital/experience/specialty/etc exactly how much you would make in any position you are interested in before applying.
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