UPDATED nashville new grad pay - page 2

by hbgwan | 4,838 Views | 19 Comments

Hi everyone. Can people please post new grad pay rates for various hospitals in the Nashville area? Include shift diffs if you know them. St Thomas, Baptist, Centinnel, Vandy...any others I'm missing? Thanks, HBGWAN... Read More


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    Quote from SMOKEY2112
    You're not rambling at all hon!! WOW the cath lab pays VERY WELL!! It's nice to see what RNs make in different areas. That's awesome that you can be added to your wife's benefits! You just reminded me. I had a friend who graduated in the summer of 2008 or 2009... can't remember.. her first job as a new grad was $25 an hour...I think that was in acute care. She stayed there for a year and then went to work somewhere else so I would assume that she's making more now.
    I assume you are talking about the Chicago area where your friend was working in acute care. At the hopital system I work for, per diem 1 is per diem 1 wherever you go. Not everyone or every dept offers it though. In fact this job was listed as a full time staff job, but I was lucky enough to have the guts to negotiate for per diem 1 and was also lucky enough that the director was cool and liked what I had to say. It also didn't hurt that after about halfway into the interview we both started talking about our harleys and how much we like riding them. Now I just hope I like the job and make a good first impression on all my co-workers. I'm very drawn toward procedures and moderate sedation and the cath lab is ALL of that plus I will get to "play" with some high tech toys and touch some lives in a positive way everyday. I'm coming back into the clinical setting after a brief stint in emergency medicine research after working only ER 9 years before and close to 4 years after nursing school. I decided I was not going to walk back into the abusive arena of an urban ER if I returned to the clinical setting and cath lab sounds interesting and like something I can get my head into - if you know what I mean. Just want something I can geek out on. I've got to make this the last move I make for at least 2 years. I bounced a bit too much over this past year. I can do anything for three 12's a week at that rate of pay - even IF the doctors are as horrible as everyone has told me. I'm 6'1 at 250lbs, hopefully they'll just overlook me and pick on someone else.
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    Quote from ziggy150
    I assume you are talking about the Chicago area where your friend was working in acute care. At the hopital system I work for, per diem 1 is per diem 1 wherever you go. Not everyone or every dept offers it though. In fact this job was listed as a full time staff job, but I was lucky enough to have the guts to negotiate for per diem 1 and was also lucky enough that the director was cool and liked what I had to say. It also didn't hurt that after about halfway into the interview we both started talking about our harleys and how much we like riding them. Now I just hope I like the job and make a good first impression on all my co-workers. I'm very drawn toward procedures and moderate sedation and the cath lab is ALL of that plus I will get to "play" with some high tech toys and touch some lives in a positive way everyday. I'm coming back into the clinical setting after a brief stint in emergency medicine research after working only ER 9 years before and close to 4 years after nursing school. I decided I was not going to walk back into the abusive arena of an urban ER if I returned to the clinical setting and cath lab sounds interesting and like something I can get my head into - if you know what I mean. Just want something I can geek out on. I've got to make this the last move I make for at least 2 years. I bounced a bit too much over this past year. I can do anything for three 12's a week at that rate of pay - even IF the doctors are as horrible as everyone has told me. I'm 6'1 at 250lbs, hopefully they'll just overlook me and pick on someone else.
    It wasn't in Chicago...if I'm remembering correctly..I think it was in a south burb on the outskirts of Chicago.

    I really hope you like the job too! It definitely sounds interesting to say the least. What a great learning environment that will be. You crack me up! Gotta love a Harley person. I have a lot of Harley friends.. I'm taking a riding course at the end of June. I'm so excited! I plan on buying a Harley before the move to Nashville!
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    I'll pipe in here because I moved to the nashville area two years ago from wisconsin. I started out working as a new grad in wisconsin and base pay for an RN was around $22-23/hr. I did nights and weekends so with shift diff i ended up at about $34/hr. I was also in the ICU so got a diff for that as well. I moved to TN 4 months later (and was still considered a new grad). Base pay here was $18.50. Again I worked nights, weekends, and in critical care so with all the diffs I ended up at $29 per hour. Now mind you this was at Vanderbilt which is the lowest paying in nashville area.

    Now I work for an agency which doesn't give me benefits, but it is ok because I get them through my spouse. I make $41 per hour. I have 2 years nursing experience. The HCA hospitals here pay there regular staff more than vanderbilt. I believe it is around $21-22 base for a new grad. It is weird here because pay varies so much from hospital to hospital. One of the hospitals pays $42 per hour for weekend program nights (friday, saturday, sunday) and another hospital pays $36 for weekend program. Why it is different is a mystery to me because both of the hospitals are under the same company.

    As far as housing is concerned it depends if you want a nice area in the suburbs, if you want downtown, or if you want inner city. If you do either inner city or far out suburbs then you can really get bang for your buck. I personally live in the third most expensive suburb in the Nashville area and I bough at 3BR new construction home that is 1900 sq feet and my house was $195,000 and my property taxes are about $1400. That is a significant difference than back where I am from. The same house in a similar area would have been around $250,000- $300,000, but the property taxes would be around $6000.

    In summary it is hard to say what you will make here because it really just depends on the hospital as they all have different pay scales as crazy as that sounds, but it is really the truth!
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    i also forgot to add that there is no state income tax in TN. There was where I'm from originally, but for me it is a wash because they tax food here, and where I'm from food was not taxed.
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    Quote from Student_FNP
    I'll pipe in here because I moved to the nashville area two years ago from wisconsin. I started out working as a new grad in wisconsin and base pay for an RN was around $22-23/hr. I did nights and weekends so with shift diff i ended up at about $34/hr. I was also in the ICU so got a diff for that as well. I moved to TN 4 months later (and was still considered a new grad). Base pay here was $18.50. Again I worked nights, weekends, and in critical care so with all the diffs I ended up at $29 per hour. Now mind you this was at Vanderbilt which is the lowest paying in nashville area.

    Now I work for an agency which doesn't give me benefits, but it is ok because I get them through my spouse. I make $41 per hour. I have 2 years nursing experience. The HCA hospitals here pay there regular staff more than vanderbilt. I believe it is around $21-22 base for a new grad. It is weird here because pay varies so much from hospital to hospital. One of the hospitals pays $42 per hour for weekend program nights (friday, saturday, sunday) and another hospital pays $36 for weekend program. Why it is different is a mystery to me because both of the hospitals are under the same company.

    As far as housing is concerned it depends if you want a nice area in the suburbs, if you want downtown, or if you want inner city. If you do either inner city or far out suburbs then you can really get bang for your buck. I personally live in the third most expensive suburb in the Nashville area and I bough at 3BR new construction home that is 1900 sq feet and my house was $195,000 and my property taxes are about $1400. That is a significant difference than back where I am from. The same house in a similar area would have been around $250,000- $300,000, but the property taxes would be around $6000.

    In summary it is hard to say what you will make here because it really just depends on the hospital as they all have different pay scales as crazy as that sounds, but it is really the truth!
    OMG thank you so much for speaking up!! It's good to hear from someone who.. I know you lived in WI so that's alot cheaper to live there than in Chicago..but it's still the midwest which is more expensive than TN. It's good to have someone compare who was living close to here!

    Seriously, what is "inner city" in Nashville? Inner city in Chicago sounds like the bad areas here..... like the west side or parts of the south side.. kwim? I have been looking at houses just to see what things cost.. I like Spring Hill, Murfreesboro, Franklin, Hendersonville, Brentwood, Mt. Juliet, etc.. those type of areas.... I don't want to live downtown..I live basically less than 10 minutes from Downtown here..and I've had enough of living in a city like this! Yah, looking at houses...it's unbelievable how much less expensive the housing is!

    Honestly, at this point.. I'm mainly interested in Corrections...not really a hospital.. of course that might change once I go on clinicals..but I really want to work in corrections.. but of course I will work wherever I can get a job...if I can't find one or don't get hired in corrections.
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    Quote from Student_FNP
    i also forgot to add that there is no state income tax in TN. There was where I'm from originally, but for me it is a wash because they tax food here, and where I'm from food was not taxed.
    WOW really? I don't think they tax food in IN either.. I could be wrong..but I don't think they do or at least they didn't. That would be big savings there too! Our tax on everything is 9.75% and then it's like an extra 2% or something like that for alcohol.

    Property taxes where I live is about $6000 but I have no land..lol it's insane!
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    Quote from SMOKEY2112
    OMG thank you so much for speaking up!! It's good to hear from someone who.. I know you lived in WI so that's alot cheaper to live there than in Chicago..but it's still the midwest which is more expensive than TN. It's good to have someone compare who was living close to here!

    Seriously, what is "inner city" in Nashville? Inner city in Chicago sounds like the bad areas here..... like the west side or parts of the south side.. kwim? I have been looking at houses just to see what things cost.. I like Spring Hill, Murfreesboro, Franklin, Hendersonville, Brentwood, Mt. Juliet, etc.. those type of areas.... I don't want to live downtown..I live basically less than 10 minutes from Downtown here..and I've had enough of living in a city like this! Yah, looking at houses...it's unbelievable how much less expensive the housing is!

    Honestly, at this point.. I'm mainly interested in Corrections...not really a hospital.. of course that might change once I go on clinicals..but I really want to work in corrections.. but of course I will work wherever I can get a job...if I can't find one or don't get hired in corrections.

    You will get the most bang for your buck in Murfreesboro and Mount Juliet. Brentwood and Franklin are the most expensive (but will still be a huge savings for you coming from chicago). Don't know much about spring hill. Hendersonville is middle of the road as far as price, not as upscale as brentwood and franklin, but would probably be considered next in line (I live in hendersonville). If you have kids, Franklin and Hendersonville have the best schools (fact, not opinion). Overall, all are nice areas, just depends on what you are looking for.

    By inner city I was referring to the City of Nashville itself and surrounding areas that are not in the suburbs(Bellevue, Antioch, etc.) or not downtown or in the Vanderbilt area which tends to be more expensive.

    I think you will find that the biggest perks are the low property taxes and no state income taxes. IMO the job opportunities aren't as plentiful as they were back home and I sure it won't compare to Chicago either. It's just smaller here and not as many facilities to choose from. It is not the most exciting place to live either, especially if you are in the young adult range. But it is very safe for the most part if you are in the right area, and very diverse which I like. People here are a lot friendlier than in the mid-west which is a plus.
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    Student_FNP,

    I will be a new grad starting in July. What do you suggest spending on rent with a new grad salary? Thanks!!
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    Quote from Student_FNP
    You will get the most bang for your buck in Murfreesboro and Mount Juliet. Brentwood and Franklin are the most expensive (but will still be a huge savings for you coming from chicago). Don't know much about spring hill. Hendersonville is middle of the road as far as price, not as upscale as brentwood and franklin, but would probably be considered next in line (I live in hendersonville). If you have kids, Franklin and Hendersonville have the best schools (fact, not opinion). Overall, all are nice areas, just depends on what you are looking for.

    By inner city I was referring to the City of Nashville itself and surrounding areas that are not in the suburbs(Bellevue, Antioch, etc.) or not downtown or in the Vanderbilt area which tends to be more expensive.

    I think you will find that the biggest perks are the low property taxes and no state income taxes. IMO the job opportunities aren't as plentiful as they were back home and I sure it won't compare to Chicago either. It's just smaller here and not as many facilities to choose from. It is not the most exciting place to live either, especially if you are in the young adult range. But it is very safe for the most part if you are in the right area, and very diverse which I like. People here are a lot friendlier than in the mid-west which is a plus.
    Thank you again!! You have been a wealth of information for me! I want to live as close to Nashville as possible! You have helped a lot especially on the areas to live in!

    I'm looking forward to not being in such a big city like Chicago! It's so pretty there and everyone is SO NICE!! I'm not really a young adult.. I just turned 41 yesterday.. but I'm a HUGE HUGE HUGE music freak which is one of the reasons for coming to Nashville... I go to concerts more than anything else and there's always a lot musicwise going on there... and also in Memphis!

    Thank you so much again!! GREAT APPRECIATED hon!!!
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    Quote from Student_FNP
    I'll pipe in here because I moved to the nashville area two years ago from wisconsin. I started out working as a new grad in wisconsin and base pay for an RN was around $22-23/hr. I did nights and weekends so with shift diff i ended up at about $34/hr. I was also in the ICU so got a diff for that as well. I moved to TN 4 months later (and was still considered a new grad). Base pay here was $18.50. Again I worked nights, weekends, and in critical care so with all the diffs I ended up at $29 per hour. Now mind you this was at Vanderbilt which is the lowest paying in nashville area.

    Now I work for an agency which doesn't give me benefits, but it is ok because I get them through my spouse. I make $41 per hour. I have 2 years nursing experience. The HCA hospitals here pay there regular staff more than vanderbilt. I believe it is around $21-22 base for a new grad. It is weird here because pay varies so much from hospital to hospital. One of the hospitals pays $42 per hour for weekend program nights (friday, saturday, sunday) and another hospital pays $36 for weekend program. Why it is different is a mystery to me because both of the hospitals are under the same company.

    As far as housing is concerned it depends if you want a nice area in the suburbs, if you want downtown, or if you want inner city. If you do either inner city or far out suburbs then you can really get bang for your buck. I personally live in the third most expensive suburb in the Nashville area and I bough at 3BR new construction home that is 1900 sq feet and my house was $195,000 and my property taxes are about $1400. That is a significant difference than back where I am from. The same house in a similar area would have been around $250,000- $300,000, but the property taxes would be around $6000.

    In summary it is hard to say what you will make here because it really just depends on the hospital as they all have different pay scales as crazy as that sounds, but it is really the truth!
    Wow, has it been that long since I've been on here? Sorry I didn't see this until now and hopefully you get this reply because it was most helpful to me as well as Smokey, apparently. Everything fell into place with my wife coming around to getting out of here. The pay doesn't sound completely horrible and agency pays pretty much the same it does here. We're going to rent first for a year or three, then buy. My wife will have to short sale her/our house hear - which is going to be a royal pain, but I think once all is said and done, we will be exponentially happier in Nashville vs Detroit area.

    Thanks again,

    Andy


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