Wages - we are underpaid - page 2

Dear Nurses, would you please be so kind an e-mail me a rough description of the hospital you work in, how many years of experience you have and what your hourly wages are??? Please, our hospital is... Read More

  1. by   Little One2
    I work in Canada. We are unionized. The first year, we are paid a basic rate of $21. Each year after that, our pay increases according the pay scale set by the union.
  2. by   shodobe
    25 years OR, 32.50/hr
    4.50 for call
    weekend call every 5 weeks
    time and half over 8 hours
    we are union
    Mike
  3. by   DIPLOMATICRN4HIRE
    Im a traveler but I will configure it on my last pay scale.300 bed 17 room OR
    CVOR, Vascular services. 28.75 hr , 14.50 for call time and a half for on call.
    Out of the 13 weeks I was there I was on call 12 weeks 3 days a week.No weekends.
    That was a hospital In Nebraska.
    Im 5 yrs in Or 9 yrs as a Nurse. CVICU,ICU,Step down, Telem, Med Surg.
    Im also a RNFA which I didnt use there.
    Zoe
  4. by   stevierae
    Always in Northern California, ever since I became an OR nurse in 1981, we made half-time for standby (that is, half our hourly wage per hour.) I

    f we got called in, it was time and a half, with a 3 or 4 hour minimum. Even if we got there, and the case was cancelled, we got our 3 or 4 hour minimum.

    Holidays, 3/4 time for standby, double time for call in.

    It's still that way, wherever I have worked in Northern California.

    In Oregon it is much, much less. That's why, when I work O.R., I do it as a travel assignment in Northern CA; however, even though the pay is good, I don't take call. I did my years. Now a million dollars an hour for call wouldn't be enough. I would rather sleep.
  5. by   stevierae
    Always in Northern California, ever since I became an OR nurse in 1981, we made half-time for standby (that is, half our hourly wage per hour.)

    If we got called in, it was time and a half, with a 3 or 4 hour minimum. Even if we got there, and the case was cancelled, we got our 3 or 4 hour minimum.

    Holidays, 3/4 time for standby, double time for call in.

    It's still that way, wherever I have worked in Northern California.

    In Oregon it is much, much less. That's why, when I work O.R., I do it as a travel assignment in Northern CA; however, even though the pay is good, I don't take call. I did my years. Now a million dollars an hour for call wouldn't be enough. I would rather sleep.

    Hourly wages vary. In Northern CA, in 2001, the staff per diems were making around $50.00 an hour. As a traveler at that facility, I made only $29 an hour, BUT I got a $3,000 per month tax-free housing allowance, so it all worked out.

    I think the benefited staff made around $33-$36 per hour. I am sure they make more now.
    Last edit by stevierae on May 17, '03
  6. by   shodobe
    stevierae, I think I might take a million for call! Right now I am in my second straight week of work with call every night and this weekend and last! I am tired and want to go home really bad, but I do have the week off during Memorial. In 2 weeks I have probably put in 50 hours or more in OT so a million per would be just fine. Mike
  7. by   a1suzique
    George, I work in a small (86 Bed) community hospital, urban/suburban, 9 yrs of experience, 9 mos in PACU. My base rate is 28.27/h, 4.00 more after 1500. on call pay is 6.00 for carrying the beeper and time and a half for call back, with a 2 h minimum guaranteed. I can honestly say that this is the nicest job I've ever had.
  8. by   chartleypj
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by yankeecamper
    [B]Wow! I want to work in W. Va. or Ma.!


    Yankeecamper,

    Always looking for qualified help here in Ma.
    Right now we have a 3-11 PM staff of 2 Mon - Thurs.; our emergancies, 3-11 Friday and 11-7 Mon-Fri are covered w/ call. On weekends we work 7-3 PM and cover the other 16 hrs w/ call (staff of 2). Our call pay is very generous, w/ minimun 2 hr. @ time and one half for callbacks. We cover one weekend day every 6 weeks or so.

    Paula
  9. by   Chrislynn2003
    I will be starting a training program this September as a new grad preparing to work in the OR. I graduated with a BSN and will start around $20/hr.
  10. by   nellie_nurse812
    I work in a 24 bed rural hospital and a 3 room OR suite. The OR nurses currently get paid 40 cents less per hour as the floor and Er nurses. ( whats wrong with that picture i say . )..... I have been employed here since 1986......and have been an RN for 11 years...... I make $23.68/hr. with $2 for call, time and a half for call in, $1.25 for evening hours and $4 an hour for night work...............not bad......:
  11. by   ckalston
    I work at a 100 bed rural hospital in PACU. I also work the Med Surg units. Base pay for a graduate RN is 17.50 per hour. Base pay for a graduate RN who will be a Charge Nurse is 19.03. I am currently the Asst Nurse Manager of PACU, have been at the hospital all 8 of my years in nursing and make 23.12 (effective this payday because of promotion), but was making 21.35. We get a 1.25 per hour to carry a beeper when on call, we get time and a half when called in but lose the 1.25 pay.
    Hope that helps
  12. by   VivaLasViejas
    As an RN with current acute care experience and almost 7 years in the business, I'm making $25.65/hr. (that's with shift differential of $1.40/hr.). Not bad for this neck of the woods (western Oregon). Next month I'll receive the semi-annual 5% contract raise, and then in March if I have a good review I'll get another "step" increase, which is another 3% I think. Can't complain, especially not in a region where most peoples' wages have been stagnant for a couple of years.
  13. by   seeley
    I work full time in a PACU and have over 24 years of full time staff nurse experience...in various areas but the last 18 of them in a PACU. I make $30.62/hr. We are paid $2/hr on-call and are paid time and a half when called in on the weekends. We work with one nurse on-call on Saturdays 3-11pm and 11-7am; also Sundays all three shifts.
    This is changing soon though; management has decided suddenly that we must have two PACU nurses come in on-call for any and all cases, so our on-call staffing pattern is in a state of flux. We have been working about every 6-7th weekend on call.

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