TN New grad pay

  1. Just curious - who we have graduating and what the new grad pay is in your area of TN.
    The highest in my area is in Memphis. I hear Baptist is 19.50 + 2/hr bedside for a total base of 21.50. Is this the highest in TN? Most hospital are paying
    roughly $20.xx with bedside diffs + nights/weekends.

    PS - I'm not going to work there - I don't believe in just going to the best paying. But I was curious how various hospitals across TN are paying - I believe our pay is slowly coming up!
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  3. by   navynurse06
    When I graduated from ETSU DEC '05, I was offered a job at the Va in Johnson City (east Tn). I THINK starting out pay was something around $16-$17/hr. And of course there was the night shift and weekend diff. too.
  4. by   willdgate
    Try Baptist hospital you may like it, I interned there, and I thought it was the worse, but after working at a hospital in the middle tennessee area, I would love to go back there.

    Don't knock it unless you have tried it
  5. by   Mommy TeleRN
    LOL willdgate... so the grass wasn't greener eh? I already have a job lined up but I was curious how the rest of the state is paying.
  6. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Vanderbilt is 17.50 and I believe $5.00 an hour extra for weekends--don't know what the evening and night diffs are.

    Methodist, in Memphis, is 19.75 with 1.00 extra an hour if you extern there.

    Baptist btw doesn't really seem that bad, but I'm always a glutton for punishment so....
  7. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Quote from Mommy Nurse2b
    LOL willdgate... so the grass wasn't greener eh? I already have a job lined up but I was curious how the rest of the state is paying.
    How much is the place where you're working pay?
  8. by   Mommy TeleRN
    Right about avg for this area, right over 20 plus night/weekend diffs
  9. by   wkucu1
    The starting pay at Vanderbilt Children's Hosp is $17.50, but you get an extra $6 on weekends plus night diff.
  10. by   ETNGuy
    In East Tennessee, Mountain States and Wellmont are the only two games in town. Mountain States begins BSN at 18 per hour, Wellmont at 17.88 but with higher night and weekend diff. I think they stay pretty close so people don't move over to the other side.

    I am surprised that Vanderbilt doesn't pay more than they do, even though that weekend diff is sweet.
  11. by   Mommy TeleRN
    Baptist came to my school. They sure have good perks .. 2 for 1 matching on 401k. Recruiter was hesitant on the staffing ratio questions. Base was 19.50 I think. Bedside was up to 2.00 depending on which unit. Nights/Weekends 4.50 I think.
    The one thing very unusual I'm curious if others know about was working per diem as a new grad. If you take NO benefits it's 26/hr base plus diffs. I don't know if other hospitals offer this or not. It's kind of appealing to someone who has a spouse with insurance. I still don't plan to work there but may check into this at some other places. I could load up hubbys 401k for now and just do my own IRA or something. If you worked per diem nights/weekends that is somewhere in the neighborhood of 70,000 for a brand new grad just working 36 hr/week.
  12. by   luckylucyrn
    From what I understand, the hospitals in memphis seem to be raising their pay as I type, and they are all trying to keep up with one another. Some new base pay rates should be released in the next week or so.
  13. by   navynurse06
    ETNGUY,
    The VA is also in Johson City...don't forget about them. Benefits are really great there! Working for the fed. government has its perks.
  14. by   Mommy TeleRN
    luckylucy - how interesting. I would definitely agree there is a lot of competition between those hospitals. If you hear anything about when they are released let us know. I'll keep my ears open too.

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