LTC DON salary

  1. I have an interview tomorrow for a DON position at a LTC facility. I was wondering if anyone could help me out. How much salary pay should I ask for when the subject comes up? I am a recent RN, BSN graduate. Apparently, they want a new graduate to train for the position. The facility only has 60 beds, and they have not had a DON for a year. The facility is 1 hour 15 minutes from my home, and located in an extremely rural area. The highest paid staff nurse gets $19/hour. The facility has been 1 to 2 nurses short staffed lately, and they are asking nurses from another facility to work there occassionally for double pay. The nurses at the facility, also, have been dedicated to their job and volunteer to work over-time as needed. I am told that the reason for the short staffing is because of the rural location of the facility (nobody wants to drive it, and will go elsewhere for higher wages). So, for all this, is it worth it? At what price? It is not all about the pay, though. I love working in LTC, and want to "move up the ladder." Any comments?
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  3. by   GAstudent
    I work in a 180 bed facility and our DON makes around 100k. We always have the right number of nurses on each shift but not enough CNA's on each shift. Our DON had her ADN and just got her BSN a year ago. She worked on her BSN while being the DON. I would get them to pay for me a place to stay or pay for your drive or something along those lines. Let us know how it goes.
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