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Looking for close to accurate info on pay in Lafayette. Not too curious on pay anywhere else just in Lafayette. I live in New Orleans and attend Charity. After school I want to move to Lafayette(if the pay is worth it). I dont want to move for 16-18 $/hr when I can stay in NOLA and make close to $30/hr as a new grad. Anyway any info on pay in Lafayette would be awesome!!

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BBQvegan specializes in Medical-Oncology.

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Hey knothole, is that $30 base pay in NOLA?? I'm starting a job as a new grad in NOLA in June and will get $23/hr base. With night shift diff, it will be $28. Is this what you mean?

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BBQvegan specializes in Medical-Oncology.

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Thanks :-) Good luck to you!

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Looking for close to accurate info on pay in Lafayette. Not too curious on pay anywhere else just in Lafayette. I live in New Orleans and attend Charity. After school I want to move to Lafayette(if the pay is worth it). I dont want to move for 16-18 $/hr when I can stay in NOLA and make close to $30/hr as a new grad. Anyway any info on pay in Lafayette would be awesome!!

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*~RN~* has 12 years experience and specializes in MS, ICU, TELE.

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I live and work in Lafayette. I love the city. It's a great place to live and work. There are several large hospitals in the area. The highest paying for RNs is Our Lady of Lourdes although Lafayette General has uped the ante here lately. You will NOT get $30/HR in Lafayette. If you do agency though, you will get around $40-$42/HR however to be an agency nurse you will need 1 year at the minimum of acute care nursing. The agency I work for Symmetric Healthcare (http://www.symmetrichcs.com) offers great pay and health insurance benefits. They pay me like $40-45/HR and I can get paid daily and daily direct deposit.

Our Lady of Lourdes has an inhouse registery as well. They require you to sign a 13 week agreement promising to work that period of time. They start RNs out at 35 with no benefits and LPNs at 20 no benefits. Lafayette General will start you out at about 17/HR and Lourdes about 18-19. This does not include shift diffs. Lafayette General though has an I Bid program so you can work PRN and just bid on shfits at the rate you want. Most nurses do this. They find open shifts online and only work when they get bid shifts that pay 1/3 to 1 1/2 more than the base salary. That means if you book 3 shifts a week at 1 1/2 your salary, you will always be paid overtime rates which at 17 that makes 25.50.

Also consider the fact that the cost of living is much lower here compared with New Orleans. You can also try the smaller LTACS such at LHC Group LTACS they tend to start new grads out at 25-28/HR not including shift diffs but keep in mind you won't get that acute hospital expereicne.

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I live and work in Lafayette. I love the city. It's a great place to live and work. There are several large hospitals in the area. The highest paying for RNs is Our Lady of Lourdes although Lafayette General has uped the ante here lately. You will NOT get $30/HR in Lafayette. If you do agency though, you will get around $40-$42/HR however to be an agency nurse you will need 1 year at the minimum of acute care nursing. The agency I work for Symmetric Healthcare (http://www.symmetrichcs.com) offers great pay and health insurance benefits. They pay me like $40-45/HR and I can get paid daily and daily direct deposit.

Our Lady of Lourdes has an inhouse registery as well. They require you to sign a 13 week agreement promising to work that period of time. They start RNs out at 35 with no benefits and LPNs at 20 no benefits. Lafayette General will start you out at about 17/HR and Lourdes about 18-19. This does not include shift diffs. Lafayette General though has an I Bid program so you can work PRN and just bid on shfits at the rate you want. Most nurses do this. They find open shifts online and only work when they get bid shifts that pay 1/3 to 1 1/2 more than the base salary. That means if you book 3 shifts a week at 1 1/2 your salary, you will always be paid overtime rates which at 17 that makes 25.50.

Also consider the fact that the cost of living is much lower here compared with New Orleans. You can also try the smaller LTACS such at LHC Group LTACS they tend to start new grads out at 25-28/HR not including shift diffs but keep in mind you won't get that acute hospital expereicne.

Hope this helps!!

Acute care like ER right??

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*~RN~* has 12 years experience and specializes in MS, ICU, TELE.

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Acute care is a term often used to describe Medical Surgical Nursing however it can be used to described ER and ICU as well. Often times though, ER and ICU are refered to as Critical Care Nursing. In general any Med/Surg TELE floor is considered acute care experience. Acute care means that patients are in need of acute nursing care such as IV therapy including the infusion of cardiac drips, blood or blood products, etc. Long term care on the other hand does not qualify you for acute care experience. Long term care is more laid back and although you may have patients with IVs or on long term vents it is still considered long term care as the patient's condition are more stable than on an acute care unit. Also Long term care units recieve their admissions from other hospitals who need to move acute care patients of the floor who are not meeting insurance criteria. Acute care units generally admit their patients via the ER at all hours of the day or via direct floor admits.

Let me know if you have any other questions!!

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Hey guys its been a while since my last post.......since then i have been on an interview in lafayette at our lady of lourdes. new grads start at 20.55 with diffs at 4 and 5 for Ns/Ws. Not sure of other hospitals in the area but i am sure they would be close.

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