When I graduated in 1978, with a BSN, I started at $4.50/hr. That was barely above minimum wage at the time.
May 22, '01
Occupation: OB RN
Joined: Mar '00; Posts: 198; Likes: 7
I know exactly how you feel, WendyS. If I stayed in this area I would not make much more than that as a new grad BSN. Disgusting, isn't it? I presently live in Russellville, Arkansas and the pay up here is about the same. Actually, most people from my class are looking at around $14/hr plus diffs. Maybe you should come up here after you graduate? Good luck! Shannon
Jun 11, '01
Occupation: RN (unemployed by choice)
6 year(s) of experience
telemetry, cardiac stepdown
Joined: May '01; Posts: 50; Likes: 1
Originally posted by WendyS123:
<STRONG>That's for L&D RN with associates. That stinks. For some reason I thought they made more! The money isn't really important to me, but geez!
Wendy (is it really worth all the headache?) </STRONG>
I think that nursing wages are highly geographic, but it also appears they are stagnant as hell! That's what I was earning in 1994 in Shreveport LA on a tele floor with a brand-new BSN
Jun 11, '01
Joined: Apr '01; Posts: 1,243; Likes: 833
What part of the country do you live? In rural PA were I live, I origionaly thought that the 13.50/hr I was offered as an ICU nurse was a crime. Then I learned that 80+% of the population here make minimum wage. Making almost twice the minimum wage looked different when I realized that.
Jun 12, '01
Occupation: L&D/PP/Gyn Nurse
Joined: Jan '01; Posts: 15; Likes: 1
<STRONG>What part of the country do you live? In rural PA were I live, I origionaly thought that the 13.50/hr I was offered as an ICU nurse was a crime. </STRONG>
I live in rural PA also, but as a new grad in L&D, I'm starting at $18.50/hr. You really need to check around. The other local hospital is starting at $18.45/hr. It's becoming quite competative!
Jun 12, '01
Occupation: student nurse
Joined: Oct '00; Posts: 136; Likes: 1
I am so sorry to hear that, but like jamistlc said. It's a calling. In my area (New England) new grads start anywhere from 17.00-19.00,depending on the state. And there is no differece in pay if you have a Bachelors or an Associates, at least that was the case at the places I have spoken too.Truthfully, I thought nurses made more too. I mean we are responsible for someones life! My 21 year old nephew makes more putting siding on houses!
Jun 12, '01
Occupation: tired nurse
Joined: Oct '00; Posts: 28; Likes: 16
Nursing may be a calling but if wages don't improve in many areas, fewer and fewer will heed the call. Why would one take on mountains of debt to get through school only to take forever to pay off the loans. That just doesn't make good business sense and many potential nursing candidates know that. You can't attract the best and brighest if you can't pay reflective of skills/value. Look around, there are places and positions that will pay you close to your worth ( although IMHO a nurse's worth is far above rubies). The market forces will eventially take hold and raise the prices, I just hope I see that before I retire.
Jun 30, '01
Occupation: OB nurse, MSN student
Joined: May '01; Posts: 364; Likes: 8
Don't worry! This is often a concern for many nurses. The pay won't always be low. Be a great nurse, work hard, and treat your patients well. Most institutions give a pay raise after orientation is over or after 6 months. Or your expertise or kindness will get you a better job at a better facility.
Best of luck,
Jul 8, '01
Occupation: Community Health Nurse
Joined: Jun '01; Posts: 973; Likes: 39
If i graduated right now, I would make 15.83, and i thought that was bad, and that is with a BSN. Non-BSN nurses is 14.70 for an RN. EEEK!