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New Grad Boston Rn's Making $55/hr??!!

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I'm a new RN in NH and have been told by someone that some of the new grads are making $55.00/hr as RN's in Boston (I believe it was Beth Israel.) It made her start the application process to get her RN license for MA, but at a later time she said how great it would be to make $45.00/hr!! She seems a bit full of it to be honest. NH new grad RNs are making about $20/hr, thus doubling your pay for the travel might be worth it....regardless how bad the traffic is. Does anyone know what the new grad hourly rate is for RN's in Boston and what is it with a year or two's experience? I have both my NH and MA license and wonder if Boston is worth looking into. Thanks.

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st4wb3rr33sh0rtc4k3 has 3 years experience and works as a Staff RN.

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I'm a new RN in NH and have been told by someone that some of the new grads are making $55.00/hr as RN's in Boston (I believe it was Beth Israel.) It made her start the application process to get her RN license for MA, but at a later time she said how great it would be to make $45.00/hr!! She seems a bit full of it to be honest. NH new grad RNs are making about $20/hr, thus doubling your pay for the travel might be worth it....regardless how bad the traffic is. Does anyone know what the new grad hourly rate is for RN's in Boston and what is it with a year or two's experience? I have both my NH and MA license and wonder if Boston is worth looking into. Thanks.

I never heard of that. One of my friends work there and she makes in the 20s. I am not sure how the rate is for seasoned nurses. But, you could always call there human resource department to find out.

She must be full of it, because I new of a classmate who lied and said she was getting a 20,000 sign on bonus through UMASS Corrections, because I was getting a 3,000 sign on bonus. That was totally bogus, I know nurses who work there and that was a bunch of bologne.

You know she might just be trying to make her job sound better than yours, because you might have have a great job. :)

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Thanks. I think you're right. I couldn't imagine Boston paying double of NH. I would expect higher pay, but double-plus!! Just thought I'd check on it, but going to MA would mean paying income tax, higher travel expenses, etc....probably not worth it. I have three kids and a husband and work close to home now. I'd really need $40/hr to go elsewhere!! Thanks again.

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st4wb3rr33sh0rtc4k3 has 3 years experience and works as a Staff RN.

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Thanks. I think you're right. I couldn't imagine Boston paying double of NH. I would expect higher pay, but double-plus!! Just thought I'd check on it, but going to MA would mean paying income tax, higher travel expenses, etc....probably not worth it. I have three kids and a husband and work close to home now. I'd really need $40/hr to go elsewhere!! Thanks again.

You know I know that private duty, home health nurses, travel nurses, and even some temporary agencies offer salaries close to what you are looking for. I interviewed for Americare at home, they offered me $34.00 an hour. But, their medical/dental benefits are terrible.

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I'm a new RN in NH and have been told by someone that some of the new grads are making $55.00/hr as RN's in Boston (I believe it was Beth Israel.) It made her start the application process to get her RN license for MA, but at a later time she said how great it would be to make $45.00/hr!! She seems a bit full of it to be honest. NH new grad RNs are making about $20/hr, thus doubling your pay for the travel might be worth it....regardless how bad the traffic is. Does anyone know what the new grad hourly rate is for RN's in Boston and what is it with a year or two's experience? I have both my NH and MA license and wonder if Boston is worth looking into. Thanks.

I agree it sounds high. Many places will pay higher amounts if you work without benefits though. :wavey:

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The Boston Area is very nice, the Longwood area is very busy. The traffic is ridiculous, morning and afternoon. The cost of parking is moronic.

Aggravation going to and from work will cost you. Lunch will cost you, etc. Double what you make now? Maybe per diem, but not with benefits. Storrow Drive and Memorial Drive are busy mornings and afternoons. Work 11-7 and u should be fine. You would need 55/hour to live nearby.

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palesarah works as a NICU RN.

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I know a nurse who had 10-15 years LDRP experience in Dover, NH; our pay scale topped out at around $29-32/hr and she was near the top. She took a position in Boston on a children's cardiac unit, which paid in the mid-40s hourly. It turns out she didn't like it and I think she's back on the LDRP she had left (I heard she was coming back per-diem just before I left).

I'm job searching now, and have often thought of going to Boston- there are SO many more opportunities down there! It's about 1hr 20min drive average, but the drive TO Boston is the easy part- driving IN Boston, parking, road rage & frustration... all keeping me from doing it. Just not worth it.

Although, my sister lives only a half-hour or so from Boston, maybe if I worked only 2 days a week and stayed at her house, it could work... or I could take the train there & back if I can get the right kind of work schedule... it's very tempting, but not at all easy.

Two more of my former coworkers (they left about a month before I did) are travel nursing in the Boston area, and they're only getting $30/hr but that's I think in Lowell. Hmmm.

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Brigham's is paying new grads $26/hr. But there is a catch they are a unionized hospital so you have monthly dues.

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I used to work as an NA at Beth Israel. I think the starting rate for new grads was $24 (with the benefits). They're a good hospital to work at from my experience. $55/hr is a lie.

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christvs has 12 years experience and works as a Nurse Practitioner.

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Hmm, that seems a tad bit high! I'm a new RN & I work at UMASS-Memorial in Worcester & they pay us newbies $24.33/hour to start plus $3/hour more for evenings, $5/hour more for nights, and $2.50/hour for weekends. So on my 3-11 PM shift I get paid $27.33/hour during the week and $29.83/hour on weekends. But I don't know how other area hospitals pay. I imagine the Boston hospitals are more. I did hear a new nurse at Mass General say she makes $50,000/year. Hope this helps.

-Christine

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caroladybelle works as a Haemetology nurse.

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I have worked at BID recently and from the gossip of the new grads, I do not foresee them making $55.00. I can't see regular staff making that, either.

In Philly, there are several places that offer experienced nurses a per diem rate of $56.00 or more per hour. But that is without benefits.

In addition, the cost of parking, headaches of mass transit, cost of Boston makes it a difficult sell.

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NRSNFL works as a Registered Nurse.

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Hmm, that seems a tad bit high! I'm a new RN & I work at UMASS-Memorial in Worcester & they pay us newbies $24.33/hour to start plus $3/hour more for evenings, $5/hour more for nights, and $2.50/hour for weekends. So on my 3-11 PM shift I get paid $27.33/hour during the week and $29.83/hour on weekends. But I don't know how other area hospitals pay. I imagine the Boston hospitals are more. I did hear a new nurse at Mass General say she makes $50,000/year. Hope this helps.

-Christine

I might add, if you calculate.....even at 24.33/hour...that IS 50k a year. I'd say that is a pretty sweet starting with an associates. I have a friend that has a masters in social work and started at 40k....did I add she has a masters. Everyone says Florida is paid low, but 4.00 hour difference at starting rate makes me thankful. I'll pay the 4.00/hour to stay warm.

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