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Hey all-

First wanted to start out by thanking you all for all the wonderful information you all share on this site. I have learned so much from this site! I am a EMT-I and I am in school to get my RN.

Can someone please tell me how much roughly, I know it will be an average does an RN make per hour, lets say weekends vs weekdays.....Night vs Day and PRN vs FT

Also how much difference is there for an associates in nursing vs a BSN? What is the highest paying field of nursing? Looks like I might be on my own soon, as I have been married for 16 years and we are headed for a divorce:crying2:, I want to know that I will be able to support myself and my child. I thank you all so much for your help. Any words of advice woudl be awesome.


This question is frequently asked, and the answer depends on your location. Check out the answers to the following thread,

Is it realistic that I'll make 80-100,000 thousand after I graduate with associates. - Nursing for Nurses

Go to sites like They break it down by hour, salary, benefits, etc.

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

The pay rate of an RN is dependent upon several factors:

1. Location, location, location. . .

2. Years of experience

3. Specialty in which they work

4. Status (full-time, part-time, PRN/per diem, etc.)

5. Regional cost-of-living differences

For example, a new grad RN can be earning as little as $18 hourly at a regional hospital in rural Missouri, or as much as $40+ hourly in the San Francisco Bay area. However, the Missouri RN could rent a 3-bedroom house for less than $500, whereas the San Francisco RN would have to shell out more than $2,500 to rent the same type of house.

Specializes in Legal, Ortho, Rehab.

What state are you in?

Take care of yourself.

I know your pain!

It is very hard to concentrate in nursing school while going through such a difficult time in your life.

I have had much support and THAT is key!

Sorry, I can't tell you about pay.

Good luck and cheers!

Specializes in ER, ICU, Medsurg.

I am in rural East Tennessee and the average new grad rate is between 18 and 20 an hour. However, as someone else posted, its all relative. Rent for a 2 bedroom is about 375 -450. Nights and weekends are maybe 1 more an hour.

I'm sorry you are going through a difficult situation while in nursing school. It's hard enough as is let alone adding stress. Take care of you and hold your head high. Good luck!

Specializes in Oncology/Haemetology/HIV.
Go to sites like They break it down by hour, salary, benefits, etc.

I hate to break it to you but is often way off

Specializes in ER/Ortho.

I am an ADN, but I am told BSN starts about the same as ADN. Anyway, here in Dallas most of my graduating class started out at $22-$24 an hour at the beginning of this year working in hospitals. Shift diffs vary by hospital, but I make $3 an hour more from 3pm-11pm, $5 an hour more 11pm-6am, and $6 an hour more on weekends.

Pay varies from state to state, but it seems where you make more cost of living is higher, and where you make less its lower so it all averages out in the end. Also if you work in a Dr office, long term care etc your pay will be different.

One thing to consider is your hours if your a single parent. Will you be able to work nights? Will 12 hour shifts work (with getting ready and travel time its often a 16 hour day), you will often have to work holidays (xmas, thanksgiving etc), what about daycare? Who will pick him up on your 12 hour shifts etc. Anyway something to think about. Hope I was able to help.

Specializes in None.

I can't answer your ?'s, as I'm a first year NS, but I wanted to say I'm sorry to hear about your possible divorce. My husband and I separated for 6 months two years ago and it was the hardest time ever. Good luck in your decisions!

Thanks to those who offered support and advice, and to the 2 that like to make smart comments about using search feature, excuse me. I am new here, going through a hard time and I so much appreciate the sarcasm you just dished. If the question bothered you so very much you could have just NOT ANSWERED, instead of being "that nurse"

Again thanks to all you others for your kind words, info and advice and the sweet messages in my inbox, you guys are the best, and I appreciate you helping me and not making me feel dumb...


Specializes in Oncology/Haemetology/HIV.

To the OP: I am sorry to hear of your situation. There are many things that will effect your pay as a nurse. Where you live, what shift you need to work(childcare issues), what sort of nursing work that you do, how many hours that you work. The pay rates for a new grad ranges somewhat from 16-40 an hour, but the higher pay rate would be for places where it is extremely expensive to live.

This is dependant on finding a job as a new grad. Currently many are not able to find a job due to the recession.

Your best bet would be to speak to someone actually working as a nurse in your local area as to pay rates - I would not listen to someone "who just knows" that nurses make a lot or a college recruiter's estimation. There is a lot of misinformation out there.

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