I recently been having a hard time explaining to my girl-friend that new grad RNs in WV are NOT making $27 to $36 an hour. We live close to CAMC, and I'm a new nursing student so I know they are starting more like $17. (plus the differentials)
Today, a hairdresser told her that her sister is a new grad and making $36 under contract with CAMC working the weekend shift. Please, someone write back so I can print it out and show it to her. If I am wrong and it IS possible, I will just have to eat my words, right? Is there any legitimate way this is true?
It is entirely possible to make 35-37 hour as a contractor through an aggressive staffing or travel agency. My brother is a lead recruiter for one of the largest national Nurse travel companies and confirms that this is all too true.That kind of over the top hourly wage tells you that the supply and demand in that particular workplace is extreme. However, it would typically be night shift,include lots of weekends in a specialty unit and usually there are some other "teeth" in the contract, such as a specified time frame. Staff nurses, full time with some predictable schedule who get benefits and paid time off will not see that kind of money. The average "value" of a benefits package is about 15% of your hourly wage or annual salary. There are a number of Hospital and LTC corporations who will add in that 15% to base pay if a full time employee waives the benefit package because they have coverage through their spouse. Thats worth inquiring about when seeking a job.
Consider this: If a nurse makes 35/hour, her agency is getting more per hour (over 40)to pay the nurse and cover their overhead costs. If hospitals would strategically improve their wage levels, some would SAVE money by avoiding temps and contracting, which destroys the margins in any health care business. Some organisations do this successfully, some cant. In a geographical area that experiences seasonal census fluctuations, using temps is necessary.
Last edit by jsteine1 on Aug 18, '05
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I just quickly tapped into the compensation section of the CAMC website. The payscales for nurses are clearly listed.
17/hr for new grad- weekend diffs and offshift diffs of 1.25 each.
For experienced nurses- The above with a 1.25 experience diff plus a 1.25 Critical care differential
Add it all up, around 1.25 per hour for each diff- still doesnt come even close to 27/hour,much less 36.
A critical care nurse with experience who works weekends on the night shift caps out at )I am assuming the base pay is 18.25 for experience plus 1.25 for weekend , plus 1.25 for evenings or nights plus 1.25 for the critical care specialty caps out at: 22.00 per hour
Last edit by jsteine1 on Aug 29, '05
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