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Nurse differential pay question

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Specializes in New graduate RN.

I got my offer letter from the hospital. It states “Your base rate of pay will be $25.50. If you work during the hours of 3pm and 7am, this rate will increase by 15% for shift differential.”

If I work 7pm-7am( night shift), will I get the 15% differential?
 

Im just a little confused on how they worded it

thanks!

You should.  Isn't 7 pm to 7 am between 3 pm and 7 am?  Go to HR, or call, and ask for clarification.  What I don't see is a difference between a PM and night shift differential, should there ever be 8 hour shifts.  Usually 3 to 11 get one differential, and 11 to 7 gets more.

MunoRN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 10 years experience.

Common sense would suggest they meant the differential applies to house worked between 3PM and 7AM.

The way they worded it though, taken literally, would mean the differential only applies to the 3PM hour and the 7AM hour, ie you only get the differential pay between 3 and 4PM and between 7 and 8AM.

This would be the sort of situation where I would hope I wouldn't want the job, although for other reasons, just so I could say I was turning down the offer because I was concerned about their lack of ability to communicate coherently.  

Jedrnurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in school nurse. Has 29 years experience.

Bad writing. Odds are, it means that you get the differential for your entire shift.

Newnurse23

Specializes in New graduate RN.

Thank you!!

HiddencatBSN, BSN

Specializes in Peds ED. Has 10 years experience.

1 hour ago, Thaithomas said:

I got my offer letter from the hospital. It states “Your base rate of pay will be $25.50. If you work during the hours of 3pm and 7am, this rate will increase by 15% for shift differential.”

If I work 7pm-7am( night shift), will I get the 15% differential?
 

Im just a little confused on how they worded it

thanks!

Most places I’ve worked you only get the differential if the bulk of your shift falls in the differential time, so 7a-7p wouldn’t but 11a-11p would. We’d get the full differential so all 12 hours of the 11-11 would be at differential rate. 

How differential is handled is very facility dependent though so I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask for clarification. The complete policy is likely detailed in the employee handbook.

 

HiddencatBSN, BSN

Specializes in Peds ED. Has 10 years experience.

Oops, just realized you’re working 7p-7a. You fall within those hours so you get shift differential.

I suggest, especially if this is your first job, to set aside the differential amount and not consider it as part of your budget. One of the reasons people can get stuck on night shift is budget expanding to that differential and it becomes really hard to take a paycut to work on days. Save some, use some for fun and relaxation things, but keep your essentials within the base salary. I didn’t do this and there’s not enough wiggle room in our budget for me to go to day shift without increasing our income somewhere else or downsizing our home.

mmc51264, ADN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes. Has 9 years experience.

I work weekend option: Fri/Sat/Sun. My w/e starts at 1500 on Fri

Nunya, BSN

Specializes in NICU/Mother-Baby/Peds/Mgmt. Has 39 years experience.

20 hours ago, caliotter3 said:

You should.  Isn't 7 pm to 7 am between 3 pm and 7 am?  Go to HR, or call, and ask for clarification.  What I don't see is a difference between a PM and night shift differential, should there ever be 8 hour shifts.  Usually 3 to 11 get one differential, and 11 to 7 gets more.

Yes, you'll get it.  I wonder if there are still some 8 hour shift workers and they give a 3p-7p shift diff to encourage them to stay till 7.  That was the case at a job of mine in St Louis.  I got called quite often to add 3p-7p onto my 12 hour 7p-7a.  I never did it but a friend did it almost weekly.

HiddencatBSN, BSN

Specializes in Peds ED. Has 10 years experience.

12 hours ago, Nunya said:

Yes, you'll get it.  I wonder if there are still some 8 hour shift workers and they give a 3p-7p shift diff to encourage them to stay till 7.  That was the case at a job of mine in St Louis.  I got called quite often to add 3p-7p onto my 12 hour 7p-7a.  I never did it but a friend did it almost weekly.

I’ve worked some places where there’s a separate evening and night shift differential and places where there’s just one differential for offshift. 

areason4stars, ASN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric Private Duty AND Child/Adolescent Psych. Has 12 years experience.

Yes you should get it. study your paystubs to make sure its accurate ask HR if you need help understanding the breakdowns. 

At my facility there is a differential for  evening shift (3p-11p) and a different one for night shift (11p-7a) and a weekend differential  in addition. Sometimes I work just night shift but other nights I  work a 12hr from 7p-7a.... On my 12hr shifts I get the eve differential from 7p-11p and then I get the night differential for my hours from 11p-7a. Any hour's that fall on a weekend get the weekend differential added to the other differential.  Also the nights I am charge I get the charge nurse differential added as well. 

ITs a lot to try and decipher  when I looking  at my paystubs LOL  But you can see the breakdown of Base pay and the differentials added..  

Edited by areason4stars

areason4stars, ASN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric Private Duty AND Child/Adolescent Psych. Has 12 years experience.

On 9/17/2020 at 8:18 PM, HiddencatBSN said:

Oops, just realized you’re working 7p-7a. You fall within those hours so you get shift differential.

I suggest, especially if this is your first job, to set aside the differential amount and not consider it as part of your budget. One of the reasons people can get stuck on night shift is budget expanding to that differential and it becomes really hard to take a paycut to work on days. Save some, use some for fun and relaxation things, but keep your essentials within the base salary. I didn’t do this and there’s not enough wiggle room in our budget for me to go to day shift without increasing our income somewhere else or downsizing our home.

This is soo true.  I wanted to move to days in about a year but I am not sure my budget can handle it 😞 I am so used to the differential now. 

NurseSpeedy, ADN, LPN, RN

Has 19 years experience.

On 9/17/2020 at 6:38 PM, Thaithomas said:

I got my offer letter from the hospital. It states “Your base rate of pay will be $25.50. If you work during the hours of 3pm and 7am, this rate will increase by 15% for shift differential.”

If I work 7pm-7am( night shift), will I get the 15% differential?
 

Im just a little confused on how they worded it

thanks!

Yes. Your start and end time are w/in the time frame. 

CactusNurse

Specializes in Med Surg/Peds. Has 17 years experience.

I worked for Dignity Health from 7 am to 7pm. I received a shift diff (think it was 15% above my base rate) for the hours from 3-7 pm. like you mentioned. However, if I worked night shift from 7 pm to 7 am, the rate was even higher (something like 18%). Based on your post, it appears that you would get a 15% increase above your base rate from 3 pm to 7 am. Just call HR and ask them your questions if you are not sure. They will understand. Good luck!

Edited by CactusNurse