Nursing in the Big Apple (NYC)

  1. Hi! I have just returned from a visit to NYC and absolutely fell in love with it! I currently live in Southern California and am considering relocating to New York. I would appreciate any info regarding which hospitals to look for, what the general pay scales are, etc. Any information I can get would be greatly appreciated. My area of specialty is Mother/Baby, Newborn Nursery and some NICU. Thanx!
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  3. by   CashewLPN
    hiya.... Aint NYC grand?? Just remember that there are 5 boros of NYC... and all the hospitals are starving for people... just apply everywhere, and you'll definately get results.... salary is competitive... you wont starve....

    Much luck to you!
    --Barbara (born, raised, living in, traveling through, and loving NYC every day...)
  4. by   -jt
    NYC is a union town & somethig like 99.9999% of the staff RNs (inclduing per diems) here are unionized & most of them are unionized with the NY State Nurses Association. Its the largest RN union, has the strongest contracts & highest pay scales. Some (not many) facilities are not unionized & others are unionized with 1199/SEIU or a smaller independent union. You can ask at your interviews which union represents the nurses at that facility & you can ask about their contract - including such things like staffing ratios, mandatory ot restrictions, etc. The cost of living is comparable to LA but the salaries are better. Rents in the other boros are lower than Manhattan but we have good mass transit so you can easily work in one boro & live in another.

    In NYSNA-represented facilities, except for the city-owned public hospitals which may pay less, the new grad ADN staff RN starting salary is $50,000 - $60,000/yr depending on facility. Differentials for education, degrees, yrs of RN experience, shift, and specialty certification are added on top of that. F/T NYSNA RNs do not pay for health benefits for themselves or their families.

    Local Staffing Agencies pay about $45/hr - no health benefits
    Hospital per diem pay is at least $35... and up

    You can check out available jobs at the NYSNA website which lists positions available at the hospitals where they represent the nurses. For others, you can check out the Nursing Spectrum NY edition or the hospitals own websites.

    Funny how you live in So Cal & want to relocate here - I live here & want to relocate to So Cal. lol. The grass is always greener isnt it?
    Last edit by -jt on Apr 17, '02
  5. by   mobyrn
    Thank you very much, Yeti1313LPN and -jt for your very informative replies. They really helped me alot and will make it somewhat easier to make my decision. I do plan to visit again and see the other boros in order to make a definite decision as to which would be the best place for me.
  6. by   mario_ragucci
    I look to the day, after 2004 when I receive my RN, that I can go back to "the city."
    Since I was born and raised on Staten Island, I would like to go back one day. I miss New York City very much.