hey guys. just a few quick questions to you fellow nurses across the pond (and anywhere else that may be reading!)
my knowledge of foreign helathcare systems is a bit patchy so was just wanting to get some comparisons to our own NHS...
OK, so over here, newly qualified nurses start on a salary of around 19k (GBP) and are entitled to 7wks paid holidays (based on 37.5hr wk).
generally, seems to be 1 nurse to around 6-10 patietns, with the 1 auxillary to 10-15.
also, what are the general expectations? ie cannulation, venepuncture, ECG monitoring etc..?
any input would be much appreciated, all just for my own curiosity!!!
Sep 15, '08
Right now, the GBP = about $1.80 USD. I think that's about $34 per hour, if my math is correct. I'd say that's not a bad base pay for a new graduate. Most places pay a little extra for working evenings or nights, some pay extra for weekend and holiday work. And full time here is usually considered 40 hours per week, although some places call it full time if you work at least 32 hours per week, some 36 hours. I've never been lucky enough to have anything count for full time except 40 hours weekly.
As for holidays and vacation time, most places start a new employee (nurse) with a measly 2 weeks off for vacation each year and give anywhere from maybe 6 holidays off to as many as 12. In a lot of places, the vacation time accrues a few hours per paycheck and can be used right away. Other employers might make you wait until you've been working a solid year to be able to take any vacation time. Our Veterans' Hospitals pay better than most private hospitals and offer 4 weeks vacation to start, I think. The private hospitals give 3 weeks after 5 years, 4 weeks after 10 years, generally, I believe but I've never heard of anyone except doctors, if employed by university teaching hospitals or if they are in Administration, getting the kind of time off you mentioned.
We are really struggling here with our workload in so many facilities in the States. Some nurses have so many patients that they can't take their bathroom or meal breaks. Some are mandated (forced, ordered) to work extra hours on a routine basis.
RN's do all the things you named. Some RN's are certified to do more invasive things, such as intubate and run a code on a cardiorespiratory arrest. Depending on your work setting, you might work with protocols (standing orders) or you might work where you have to ask the doctor for an order for getting someone out of bed or giving an antipyretic.
I hope this helps. Are you coming to work here? Whereabouts? Check the state Board of Nursing in whichever states you are interested in for particulars about the law.
Last edit by Vito Andolini on Sep 15, '08