Fort Worth/New Grad/$17hr

  1. Hey, I won't be graduating for a while, but when I do I want to be able to take over my husbands place as family bread winner, so he can go back to school. I am trying to obtain my BSN and plan to work in a hopital; what specialty I don't know yet.

    Anyway, I will need to make at least $17 an hour to keep up with our living expenses. Is $17 an hour obtainable in the Fort Worth area as a new grad?

    Thank for any info
    Ganeese
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   jenjo29
    $17/hour is very attainable in Ft. Worth.....I live in Dallas and I am graduating in Dec 04....the going rate at the larger hospitals is an average of $18-19/hour plus shift differentials and benefits...etc. Good luck to you...the pay will probably increase by the time that you are finished!
  4. by   IamRN
    Very dooable! My first job (as a GN) was in the DFW area.

    Good luck!
  5. by   InTheBlood
    I work in Dallas at a large hospital. I'm PRN and get $30/hr. You don't get any benefits as PRN, I'm on my wife's insurance. If your husband is going back to school, not sure if this is an option for you. You could buy your own insurance. That's what I would do if my wife was going back to school. I made over $100k last year, but I did work a lot of overtime. Also work nights, so the night differential helps. Many new grads find themselves working nights whether they want to or not.
  6. by   txspadequeenRN
    I make just under 21.00 and Im a LVN. Im sure a RN BSN would not have any problem. Good Luck...
  7. by   bioniclewoman
    Quote from InTheBlood
    I work in Dallas at a large hospital. I'm PRN and get $30/hr. You don't get any benefits as PRN, I'm on my wife's insurance. If your husband is going back to school, not sure if this is an option for you. You could buy your own insurance. That's what I would do if my wife was going back to school. I made over $100k last year, but I did work a lot of overtime. Also work nights, so the night differential helps. Many new grads find themselves working nights whether they want to or not.
    I wouldn't mind nights, that's what I did before I started school. I worked nights as a cashier making $7.80hr. I hear nurses talking about low pay and no respect; I take it that they were never in retail. Retail is very low pay, crazy hours(weekend, holidays, nights), and man don't get me started on the respect issue. Seven dollars an hours isn't enough to have some women screaming at you because you over charged her for a bra.
  8. by   mjbsn2006
    In PRN positions how do they schedule you? Do they only call you when they need extra help? Do you usually get your 40 hrs. in for the week? Thanks.

    Quote from InTheBlood
    I work in Dallas at a large hospital. I'm PRN and get $30/hr. You don't get any benefits as PRN, I'm on my wife's insurance. If your husband is going back to school, not sure if this is an option for you. You could buy your own insurance. That's what I would do if my wife was going back to school. I made over $100k last year, but I did work a lot of overtime. Also work nights, so the night differential helps. Many new grads find themselves working nights whether they want to or not.
  9. by   IamRN
    Quote from mjbsn2006
    In PRN positions how do they schedule you? Do they only call you when they need extra help? Do you usually get your 40 hrs. in for the week? Thanks.
    Different hospitals have their variation of PRN staff. Most have levels of PRN. There are PRN staff that are only allocated to one specific unit; however, the PRN is high on the tadpole to float to other units when the need arises. Then there are PRN/Pool staf that work in a variety of wards. And yet another variation is the required committment of work hours. For example, the facility for which I work at right now has three or four different levels. The more hours you commit to working the higher the rate of pay is.

    Currently I have changed my full time 32 hr position for a PRN position. I hope to work only one or two shifts a month. I had been away from nursing for about four years. I started working late last year, but DH has a new job that will allow me to return to my SAHM status dance: However, I don't want to have to "start over" yet again once I am ready to go back to full time, so the PRN position is a great opportunity to keep my foot in the door.

    Having said that and gone off in a tangent :chuckle PRN positions are not readily available for new grads. It just isn't the position that harbors the focus that a GN needs
  10. by   lvn2004
    Quote from txspadequeen921
    I make just under 21.00 and Im a LVN. Im sure a RN BSN would not have any problem. Good Luck...
    Where do you work?!?! I will be graduating from LVN school next month and I a trying to see who all is still hiring LVNs.

    Thanks!

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