Comparing Wages in the OR setting - page 5

I work in a small town ambulatory surgery center.There are only five of us nurses. 4 Rn's and 1 LPN. The patients who come in only receive conscious sedation. We have no general anesthesia. My... Read More

  1. by   zzzzzgirl
    Hi Phe Phe:

    Have you heard of any pharm co's in particular that are good to work for?

    I have a degree in Communications and am just finishing an accel BSN. I have a sales background, too.

    I'm starting to waffle about doing clinical work as I've had such an awful experience with clinicals in school and have had an instructor from hell whom we all refer to as Satan. I often have thought it is a sign I should be doing something else!

    zzzzzgirl
  2. by   DawnRN36
    Well I guess I am going to stop complaining!!! I've been a nurse since 1989, and now have 10 yrs. exp. in the OR, and I make 27.74, and our top out is a little over 28...
  3. by   cindylu
    I have been a nurse since 1978, and currently work in the OR in a Houston suburban hospital. I make over 31 an hour, plus 1.50 hour specialty pay, call is time and a half, plus one hour regular pay for each time you are called in. $2.00 hour for being on call and carrying that beeper anywhere and everywhere. Also work three 12 hour shifts and take call only once every 8-10 weeks on a Sat and Sun. No call during the week.
  4. by   Chrislynn2003
    New grad, $21.58/hr. Just day shift M-F for first 9 months, then every 6th weekend on call after that.
  5. by   sukisocks
    I have been reading this thread with great interest. I am an OR RN in the United Kingdom with 5 years experience, I have converted your pay scales to sterling and am amazed. I work for the NHS and am payed the following in dollars $14.49 p/hr basic o/c is $3.75 p/hr (slightly better here!) I average one on call a week for general/ trauma and possibly 2 calls for opthalamic cover.

    One thought struck me do you guys scrub for cases over there and do you rotate areas, say general to orthopaedic to ENT etc

    Sukisocks
  6. by   shodobe
    suckisocks, where I work we scrub everything and anything that comes through the door. We have one Tech but the rest of the staff are RNs. Sorry for your pay, that is under what a new grad would make here. I know how expensive it is to live in the UK. I lived there for three years back in the early 60s when I was a wee lad. My wife was born in Cambridge and we spent a month in the UK back in 1987 and couldn't believe then the cost of buying a home with the wages earned. Mike
  7. by   tasha2
    25 yrs in the OR,
    LPN then RN in 1990. CNOR and RNFA
    Live in the Midwest
    small rural hospital
    $28.00/hr looks like the Midwest is on top!:kiss
  8. by   flynrn
    We sure aren't going to get more wages unless we organize now ARE we?
  9. by   yoga crna
    In our ASC (plastic surgery), we have all RNs and pay them $33.00 per hour without benefits. They all freelance in the area and are in high demand. They all scrub, circulate and do recovery. We are probably looking at a $2.00 hour raise in January.

    I must say that our RNs are true professionals, do not complain, are more patient oriented than surgeon oriented and are critical to the surgeons' sucess. We all get gifts and letters frequently from happy patients who say the best surgical experience they have ever had was in our facility.

    It is not perfect, but I think when you respect people, let them do their work well and pay them accordingly everyone wins.

    I know that our facility is different than most hospitals and big ASCs, but neither myself or the surgeon/owner are big on rules and policies. Since I have a law degree, many people are surprised when they hear my attitude, but when you expect everyone to do what is right and they do it, a lot of words on papers and and Little Hitlers trying to enforce them are a waste of time, money and resources.

    i am sure I will get a lot of arguments about this.

    YogaCRNA
  10. by   stevierae
    Originally posted by yoga crna


    It is not perfect, but I think when you respect people, let them do their work well and pay them accordingly everyone wins.

    I know that our facility is different than most hospitals and big ASCs, but neither myself or the surgeon/owner are big on rules and policies. Since I have a law degree, many people are surprised when they hear my attitude, but when you expect everyone to do what is right and they do it, a lot of words on papers and and Little Hitlers trying to enforce them are a waste of time, money and resources.

    i am sure I will get a lot of arguments about this.

    YogaCRNA
    You will get no arguments from me!! yogacrna espouses the attitude of the best nurse managers to work for, and the reason I choose to work in California rather than Oregon.

    I hate being micromanaged by people who are in reality little more than the "Little Hitlers" she describes--worse, they are often not even operating room nurses, or have been out of operating room nursing for so long that they have no clue what we face in our daily quests to deliver optimal patient care.

    I get so tired of working in operating rooms where the "managers" are still wasting time, words, money and staff meeting agendas on trying to reinvent the wheel--for example, going on ad nauseum about why we cannot wear cloth hats and why we must wear shoe covers in the OR and out of the suite, as well as cover gowns--all "sacred cows" that should have been laid to rest long ago--while we are scrambling to find the proper staplers, enough suture, working Bovies, even an adequate number of lifts and sit-down stools to get through a case--don't get me started. Of course, their mantra when a complaint is voiced as to unsafe patient care: "You people are lucky to have jobs. They are laying off nurses all over the country."

    Sadly, there are young OR nurses who cannot function, or make any sort of independent nursing decision,--even in a crisis, when seconds matter-- without running to see how it is addressed in the "Policy and Procedure Manual."

    Really, some have never learned to use critical thinking skills, let alone common sense--and it is largely because of these micromanager, "Little Hitler" types for whom they work, as described by yogacrna.

    I think I will go and do a travel assignment for yogacrna.

    shodobe, where are you--let's go, you and I! Long as it is not too cold wherever she is! Her attitude: "...when you respect people, let them do their work well and pay them accordingly everyone wins--" says it all.
    Last edit by stevierae on Oct 24, '03
  11. by   shodobe
    stevierae, I am here but looking out the window as the mountain burns! I am glad I don't live here anymore because I already went through this in 1980. Our wages are getting better and we are due for a raise next month and I should be up to about 36.50/hr. We start negotiating for a new contract after the first of the year, should be interesting. I do get upset seeing how wages vary so widely around the country and feel sorry for those who are really stuck in their job because they can't move or whatever. I guess I am lucky that I live in California because with all of it's supposedly bad things, we still do well in the salary game. Right now with the new ratios coming into effect this Jan I heard the hospital here has gotten rid of our transcription department. I know they are going to blame it on needing the funds to hire more nurses to meet the ratio standards, so nurses will be the "bad guys". Got to go, World Series starting, Go Marlins!!!!!!!!! Mike
  12. by   professor
    I am a BSN since 1992. I currently coordinate ENT/Plastic Surgery. I make around $25/hr here in Utah. I have heard people make more and some make less. All around, pretty good pay with a great satisfaction at the end of the day.
  13. by   Chrislynn2003
    As a new grad at age 23, I started in the OR. I started out at $22.23/hr doing an OR internship with orientation for 9 months.

    Christine

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