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RN pay in Houston, TX

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ineedachange1 has 6 years experience as a LVN, RN.

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I FINALLY passed my RN NCLEX!!  I am super excited to be an RN.  I have over 5 years experience in LTC and I want to work in the hospitals, while I pursue my BSN.  How much should I expect to be offered as a new RN but with patient care experience?  How much should I ask for?  I know that LTC/SNF are different than the hospital setting but my experience requires extensive patient care that can be valuable in the hospital setting....so how much do I request?

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They'll tell you what they'll pay you.  You can negotiate with them if you like but since you're a new RN they may not want to negotiate much.  They'll see your prior experience and decide if they think they should pay more than a RN without experience.  I was a RN over 30 years and was more than happy to accept $44/hr base pay in 2013 at a major hospital, 6 or 8% extra for working downtown.

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Nurse SMS has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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You are a new grad. That pay grade is generally flat. The experience you got in positions that did not require an RN license will not count as RN experience...because it wasn't. Even if you were an LVN most employers won't count it. New grad pay usually is what it is. As far as new grads go, you won't have anything to offer that other new grads don't also have from the perspective of the hospital. You are a new grad RN with zero experience looking for your first RN job. There isn't anything to negotiate with.

If you have an ASN and you are fortunate enough to get an interview in a new grad hospital position, take what they offer you. In Houston, ASNs in the hospital are rare. You would run the risk of negotiating your way right out of the job offer.

Congratulations on graduating and passing NCLEX. It is no small thing and you should feel proud.

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Congatulations! As a BSN new grad I accepted an offer for $30.50/hr a year ago. That is in TMC, other smaller hospitals offered my friends about  $28/hr.

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