Entry level pay rate for RN in Atlanta

  1. Hello all -

    I graduated this past December and wondered a few things before moving to Atlanta:

    1. Where are the best places to look for a job (that will hire) a new grad or with one year experience?
    2. What is the approximate start salary of a new grad?
    3. How long does it take for GSBN to process a state to state application to obtain my licensing for Georgia?

    Thanks so much in advance. I don't know any nurses in Georgia to ask or lead me along the way.
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    Joined: Aug '10; Posts: 7


  3. by   slcharles31
    I graduated in December and working in psych nursing right now. I do know that we have sister companies in the ATL area if I am not able to find a job in anything else. But I really enjoy mental health
  4. by   MJB2010
    New grads can make anywhere from 18-23 to start plus differentials. I started at 22. Most hospitals offer new grad programs- Piedmont, Northside, Gwinnet, Emory, Wellstar. What part of Atlanta will you be living in? Endorsement takes a long time. Plan for double what they tell you. Many of the new grad programs require a 2 year commmitment with a fine if you leave. I was not willing to sign any contracts. I hear that Grady hires new grads without contracts, but I never applied there. I would try to apply to the area you plan to live, commuting to Atlanta is awful.
  5. by   Do Or Do Not
    I can't really answer questions 1 & 3.....it's a real shot in the dark to find out which hospitals are hiring new grads at this point, so just keep applying and making calls and hope for the best. I graduated last fall and started work at Grady a few weeks ago on the med-surg unit. They pay me $23.40 base. Hope that helps
  6. by   hopefulnurse11
    How much is Wellstar Kennestone pay for new grads?
  7. by   Jackson5RN
    I am moving to Atlanta from Augusta Ga where they start new graduates out @ $20-21. However the clinic in Atlanta is offering me $25.00, I will be doing dialysis which I did prior to receiving my nursing license. Hope this helps and good luck with your move
  8. by   Jackson5RN
    Also Try Grady, Saint Josephs, Atlanta Medical, Emory and Northside Hospital for jobs. They either offer a New Grad Residency which after reading up on I think is beneficial, or are willing to hire new graduates.
  9. by   uRNmyway
    Wow, Im shocked...I had been hearing much more for rate of pay. I was told with my 3 years experience I could expect over 30$/hour. Was I lied to? Was that unrealistic?
  10. by   MJB2010
    Pay is actually getting worse here, not better. New grads are now getting paid less than what new grads made years ago at the same hospitals. There are a lot of new grads and the hospitals are taking advantage of the oversaturation of the market. It is a sad state of affairs I tell you! And the work load is going in the opposite direction. Nursing is going in the wrong direction in many ways.
  11. by   lisalulu68
    I am a 21 year experienced LPN who is currently in a LPN to RN program. After graduation and passing boards, I plan to move to Atlanta to be with my family. My question is: does anyone have any insight on the pay for a new RN with LPN experience? All responses welcome. Thank you in advance.
  12. by   MJB2010
    My employer does not consider LPN experience which is ridiculously unfair! You would be started at the same rate as a new grad RN. They only count RN experience when calculating your pay rate. Where are you moving from? I moved here from a state that pays a lot more than here in the South and when they made me my job offer I thought they were joking. And it was a very bad joke. (they were not kidding by the way)