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How Much was your First RN Paycheck?

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Silver_Rik has 1 years experience as a ASN and specializes in Perioperative intern.

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20 hours ago, Leader25 said:

I dont exactly remember I am sure it is in my closet somewhere.

I recall looking at it and saying to myself it is so little ,it is hardly worth it doing this difficult job.After I switched hospitals and unions,it grew better.   But then prices went up again,everything cost more,seemed mostly just breaking even. Never understood how someone with a same bachelors degree but in a different field can charge $100/hr as a counselor or life coach and we rns have to fight to get a bathroom break or justify OT.

Counselor probably requires a license, I guess it depends on the state and how you bill yourself.  I think life coach just requires you to be able to sell yourself as someone people believe can improve their lives.

I think an experienced  nurse with good communication and marketing skills might make an excellent life coach.

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benharold1 has 35 years experience as a BSN.

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As LPN  new grad 1984 I was paid $6.50/hr. Yikes!

As RN new grad 1991  I was paid $14.50/hr (Still Yikes!)

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MissRN_Dior has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Med-Surg,Tele,ICU-Step Down, LTAC.

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The actual paycheck I remember the exact amount $596.29...I was too happy! I left that morning with my check in my hand, went to the bank to  cash it and went to Macy's  and purchased my mom her favorite perfume just as a thank you for all her help during the journey of becoming a nurse.  

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AutumnLeaves has 36 years experience as a MSN, RN, NP and specializes in acute care, icu, surgery, vasc.surgery,trauma.

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7.71 hr in 1984 in a southern state

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Melissa Mills has 20 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Nurse Case Manager, Professor, Freelance Writer.

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In 1998, I was making $14 an hour. 

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I’m a new grad BSN in North Carolina and make $27/hr plus night and weekend differentials. 

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L-ICURN has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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In 1997, a friend started her first (and only) RN job at a LTC. She made $13/hour in Ohio. When I started my first job in 2012, $20/hour.

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pjlovesnursing has 1 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Operating Room.

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2018 in Utah, $25.25

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canoehead has 30 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ER.

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$14 AN HOUR (and change) in 1990. I went out and bought myself a cardigan I'd been eyeing and felt super rich in the big city.

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yournurse has 2 years experience.

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$29/hr in 2005.

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Rocknurse has 31 years experience as a MSN, APRN, NP and specializes in Critical Care and ED.

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Back in 1989, I took home £600 a month which is about $850. It seemed like a lot at the time and I was completely self sufficient, and paid my own rent and bills. What helped was that my rent was only £120 a month for a one bedroom apartment. Those were the days.

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