New grad private duty pay

  1. How much does a new grad private duty nurse make in Boston? I just got offered a position at $26/ hour and I'm not sure if this pay is competitive or if they're shorting me due to being a new grad.
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   meanmaryjean
    It depends on where you live and what the market is like for new grads. You haven't really given us enough information to go on.
  4. by   Yasmin RN
    I live in Boston, and I have applied for many hospital jobs with no luck. I have come across many home care agencies that are hiring new grads, so there is definitely a market for PD nursing in my area, but since I don't have experience I don't know what is an acceptable rate to start out.
  5. by   caliotter3
    That would be decent pay for an LPN, but they are shortchanging you as an RN.
  6. by   Yasmin RN
    Thanks for the response calioter3!
  7. by   meanmaryjean
    Quote from caliotter3
    That would be decent pay for an LPN, but they are shortchanging you as an RN.
    Unfortunately, in the world of private duty- RN and LPN hourly rates are often identical. And you being a new grad does not really give you any bargaining chips.
  8. by   caliotter3
    A good agency will pay an RN more than an LPN on an LPN level case. They will tell you up front if the case is LPN level and they are refusing to pay more than their LPN rate. That way the RN can make the choice whether or not to work for less.
  9. by   KelRN215
    Quote from Yasmin RN
    How much does a new grad private duty nurse make in Boston? I just got offered a position at $26/ hour and I'm not sure if this pay is competitive or if they're shorting me due to being a new grad.
    It matters not if you are a new grad or a nurse with 30 years' experience in private duty. Rates are typically flat because they are based solely on Medicaid reimbursement. I can tell you that that rate is within $1/hr of the rate at the agency I was a manager at in the same location. I didn't work in the PD side but I know what the PDN nurses were paid and that rate hasn't changed in 10 years.
  10. by   Yasmin RN
    Thanks to all that responded. What about the training rate of $11 per hour is that fair? Or are other agencies paying the regular rate during the training period? I'm having a hard time with the low rate because I don't know how long I'll need training since the pt is very complex.
  11. by   Boston RN
    Hello, No - $26/hr is not a bad starting pay for a new grad with zero experience.

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