Oklahoma Nurses get paid WHAT?!

  1. I'm a new nurse who has just graduated with my BSN and I'm moving to OK soon and I was doing a little research and I found out OK nurses get paid 18.50/ hr please tell me this a joke. I'm from florida where they start GNs at atleast 22/hr!!!! Please OK nurses shine some light!
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  3. by   kids
    OK is a low wage state, it's also a low cost of living state.
    Our standard of living in OK was higher at $20 an hour than it was making $28 an hour in WA.
  4. by   snowyRN
    I worked in a LTC facility and as a new grad was making 22.50...that was in 2007
  5. by   caliotter3
    My relative told me that an LPN could make a whopping $11/hr in another low wage state. I think In 'N Out Burger beats that or comes near in the west!
  6. by   Mandylou
    true, true
  7. by   Mrs.BSN71109
    Quote from caliotter3
    My relative told me that an LPN could make a whopping $11/hr in another low wage state. I think In 'N Out Burger beats that or comes near in the west!
    lol I got paid more working as a teller at a bank ..... that is insane!
  8. by   ohmeowzer RN
    the cna's at my hospital get $19.00 an hour. the new grad RN's start at $26.00 an hour. $18.50 an hour is pretty sad even for a low wage state for a RN. i bet burger king employees get paid more...
  9. by   NotFlo
    Trust me Burger King employees in Oklahoma sure as hell do not get paid $18.50 an hour.
  10. by   nminodob
    New grad nurses (if they can find a job!) get around $30-35/hour in California - however, if you live in San Francisco expect to pay close to $2000/month for a one bedroom in a safe neighborhood! (We are rent-controlled so vacancies are hard to come by). We are also highly taxed here...everything is $$ - a loaf of bread at the supermarket costs almost five bucks, and a ticket for parking on street cleaning days is $70!! So it's all relative...
  11. by   OklaLPN
    Sadly, that salary sounds correct. Also, don't forget that Oklahoma is an "at will state". That is why we will never have a union for patient ratios and salaries.

    Sad...

    OklaLPN
  12. by   HeartsOpenWide
    Quote from OklaLPN
    Sadly, that salary sounds correct. Also, don't forget that Oklahoma is an "at will state". That is why we will never have a union for patient ratios and salaries.

    Sad...

    OklaLPN
    California is at at will state and we have the best nursing ratios in the country and unions.
  13. by   MasonsMommy
    I'm sorry for being nosey Merryfim, but your home is absolutely gorgeous!
  14. by   RXtech
    Although I think nurses here should get paid more, you have to take more into account than pay rate. Oklahoma has a very low cost of living, one of the lowest in the country. People here are astounded when we hear that people in CA and other states are paying 400,000 for modest homes. That kind of money will buy you a palace here! We have also not been hit as hard by the current economic crisis as many other areas have been.

    And yes, it is a very anti-union state, unfortunately.

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