On-Call Pay - page 2

I am thinking that my $2.00 and hour call pay is seriously lacking. If I may ask what are you all getting out there for on-call pay???? Thanks, Janel... Read More

  1. by   qbfan413
    Quote from Blondeblaze2
    where are you? Our on call pay is about 1.50 an hr and time and 1/2 if youre called in
    Central Wisconsin area
  2. by   fiestynurse
    $4-5.00/hr is the average on-call pay here in California.
  3. by   porsch65
    In our last contract our call rate went from $1.50 and hour to $7.334 an hour for standby province-wide. your first call back is worth 3 hours of o.t.even if you just come in for a closed reduction. Anything after 4 hours is worth double time (our top rate is $29.336 hr) Working call can be very lucrative literally $100. a night just to sleep sometimes. I know that we are not the highest paid or the lowest paid nurses in Canada just somewhere nicely in the middle.
  4. by   stevierae
    Quote from fiestynurse
    $4-5.00/hr is the average on-call pay here in California.
    In NORTHERN CA standby pay is, and has been since I was a brand new RN in the early 80's, half-time--that is, half your usual hourly salary. Shift differential is also included. God bless the California Nurses' Association, who is largely responsible for us being paid what we are worth!

    If you get called IN, it is time and one-half, with a guaranteed 3 hour minimum--some places 4 hours.

    Even at that, I don't take call when I am working in SF, unless afriend is desperate and I am doing him or her a favor. The older I get, the more I realize: they can't PAY me enough to give up my free time--or sleep.

    Trauma stops being fun once you turn 30. I stopped taking call when I moved to Orgeon at age 35. Never regretted it, not once. I did my years and experienced the adrenaline rush of late night trauma calls enough to last a lifetime.
  5. by   carcha
    I hate hate hate doing call but have to at the moment. My call pay and I have to roughly translate it into $ is about $60/$65 an hour week days and far more weekends but I would gladly give it up, I HATE IT!
  6. by   stevierae
    Quote from carcha
    I hate hate hate doing call but have to at the moment. My call pay and I have to roughly translate it into $ is about $60/$65 an hour week days and far more weekends but I would gladly give it up, I HATE IT!

    What's your standby pay, though? That is, for being available but not being called in?

    $60-65 an hour for call-in is pretty good. In some places here, that would translate to double time. And more on weekends? FAR more, you say?

    Hmmmmmmmm--do they need travelers in London?
    Last edit by stevierae on Aug 13, '04
  7. by   DANRN2000
    We are required to take call during times of low census for $2.50/hr. We are a small community hospital in western mass and have approx. 40 beds. If the ICU is closed I am required to take call. During the slow summer months many nurses lose 50% of their hours. We are allowed to burn vacation and holiday time to make up our hours. We have essentially become a big pool of per diem nurses. Management wonders why they cannot retain nurses! I have spoken with fellow RN's about maybe rocking the boat a bit, no takers as of yet. We are non-union (not that unions slove all problems). One idea I have floated is- Nursing super calls my house at 5am to inform me that the unit is closed and I am being notified that I am on call for 12hrs. At 515am I call the nursing super and inform her that I am sick and not available. I can then use sick time of which I have 800+ hrs. instead of burning my vaca or holiday time. The downside to this is at evaluation time you can be docked 1-2% of a 2.5-5.5% raise for using too much sick time. Any suggestions???????????????????
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    5 an hour for an RN (plus pager)
    3 for an LPN (plus pager)
    1.75 for the CSTs (plus pager)
  9. by   carcha
    Quote from stevierae
    What's your standby pay, though? That is, for being available but not being called in?

    $60-65 an hour for call-in is pretty good. In some places here, that would translate to double time. And more on weekends? FAR more, you say?

    Hmmmmmmmm--do they need travelers in London?
    yeah Stevierae, sorry, the money for being on call is hardly worth talking about!, about the same as the rest of you. And yes, yes yes, come to London, your needed!, and bring your friends!
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Forgot to add that pay for working during on-call time is time and a half, anything over 8 hours is double time.
  11. by   stevierae
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Forgot to add that pay for working during on-call time is time and a half, anything over 8 hours is double time.

    That's DAMN good; to get double time after 8 hours. Only time any place I have ever worked that paid double time was when you were called in on holidays--and that was only at a couple places--most places holiday call-in pay was time and three-quarters--standby on holidays was three-quarters, rather than the usual half.
  12. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Holiday on-call is triple-time (HR calls it a 'present')
  13. by   stevierae
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Holiday on-call is triple-time (HR calls it a 'present')

    DAMN!!!!! Almost makes me want to take a travel assingment there.....triple time; what a deal....

    What state are you in, Marie?

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