I am curious if OR nurses get paid more than Med/Surg Nurses.
I have 1 year experience in ICU and 2 yrs in Med Surg. Now i am considering to apply in OR. I need to sacrifice my schedule flexibility tho, coz its going to be 7am-3pm shift, Mon-Fri, plus on-call for some time. While in Med-surg, it is self schedule 3 days a week, 12 hrs shift.
Is being an OR Nurse worth it?
Would like to hear your opinion. Thank you.
Apr 8, '12
Yes, OR nurses can make more than med/Surg nurses, but they will have the same base pay at most facilities. The difference is made by the on call pay ($2/hr for me) and call back pay (1.5x base salary, minimum 2 hrs guaranteed). Only you can make the decision whether being an OR nurse is worth it for you. No one else can make that decision for you. I'll tell you that being an OR nurse is totally worth it, but I happen to be a little biased. To help you decide, shadow an OR nurse for a few days. Pay attention to what the nurse is doing. One of my pet peeves is that people shadowing will focus completely on the surgery and ignore what the nurse is doing and responsible for. Then they are completely shocked when they begin working with us. So shadow a nurse, not a surgery.
Apr 9, '12
In my hospital, OR nurses do make a little bit more than med/surg nurses based off of a loophole that our management found. Plus, if you need extra money, that call pay can really add up. Keep in mind, when you get called in while in the OR, you could get out there and go home a couple hours later. I've even had a few times where I get all the way out there, clock in, and am immediately told they don't need me after all and I still get paid as if I worked 2 hours. In all the time I've been doing this, I can count on one hand the number of times I've spent almost my entire call shift out working due to the fact that things got a little crazy in the city and we got slammed. Most of the time, that doesn't happen though.
Apr 10, '12
We get paid the base pay as everyone else. However there is special pay if you stay late even when under 40 hours. We also have more OT than anyone wants and are never sent home due to low census.
Apr 15, '12
Nothing in medicine is worth it simply for the money. OR nurses or specialty nurses usually have the same base rate, but plenty of opportunity to make extra for call pay. Heart team and Transplant team in our OR are on call 50% of the time so pick up about $17,000 a year just for carrying the pager. Then make more if they are called for a case. But make no mistake, you work for it...
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