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RN training pay at 10$/hr??

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by gotchills gotchills (New) New

hello and HELP! I am new RN I have my ASN and enrolled in a BSN program. I went to my first interview for a pediatric home health company the other day. They told me they would pay me 10$/hr for the first 12 weeks of training!!! I am in shock, I feel insulted, and I'm disappointed. Ive never heard of a nurse being paid that! after training they told me my pay would be 20$/hr working nights and weekends, but that even seems low to me. Has anyone ever encountered this before? As a new nurse I dont know if this is a regular rate, or a company taking advantage of new grads who dont know better. I was so excited to even get the interview, but this just doesn't seem right to me... help!

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Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 41 years experience.

WOW!

I would say that is low but with the plethora of new grads in your area it is clear they are low balling on purpose.....WOW.

xoemmylouox, ASN, RN

Has 13 years experience.

Ouch! $20 is low as I'm guessing your cost of living is pretty high. I have heard of other employers paying less when training.. Usually those were places where Nurses didn't stick through training because the companies were awful. Perhaps others have had more positive experiences?

I would say absolutely not! Techs make more than that. I understand being open because I applied everywhere before I got my job but nobody offered me anything that low and I am in the south.

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience.

That's not uncommon for PDN. I was getting paid that much as an LVN & I live in Texas.

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Twelve weeks of ten dollars an hour and then twenty an hour after that, for an RN? Something is rotten in that pumpkin patch.

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OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience.

I'm surprised of 12 weeks of orientation. I've only gotten a few days or a week. I don't know how to take it.

meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 44 years experience.

Sadly, that is common in the home care world. I only had a couple days' training (due to my experience) but it was also at that same sad rate. And my annual competency day is paid the same even after many years with the company.

calivianya, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU.

The $10/hr part is awful. Heck, I made $20/hr at my first job as a new grad in Georgia, in a town where I rented a 3 bedroom, 1400 square foot house with a garage for less than $800/month.

Still, if that's the only interview you've landed and the only offer you've gotten, it doesn't sound like you have a ton of options. If you take it, you can always keep looking until you find something new. Maybe they are open to a bit of negotiating...

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Wow, it's getting rough out there- that pay is horrible.

What a sad state of affairs we're in.

They probably offer the LPN $2.35 an hour plus tips, after 12 weeks of $1.65 an hour for a training wage. Have to keep things in perspective you know.

What will your pay rate be if you are not working nights or weekends? If $20 an hour is including a night and weekend differential, yikes!

I'd hate to work a 12 hour day shift during the week to fill in and make $12 an hour.

Not at all acceptable. I was offered $24 an hour as a new grad for a peds home health care agency and I am in an area where cost of living is much lower.

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_firefly, BSN, RN, EMT-B

Specializes in Informatics / Trauma / Hospice / Immunology. Has 7 years experience.

You'd be much better off barbacking / bartending for money and spending your free time volunteering and collecting certs in the area you really want to be in. You have to become an internal candidate and working at a home health agency is not going to get you there. You will no longer qualify for new grad positions and you won't have the right skills to move into a specialty very easily. I don't know how long you've been looking or what you ultimately want to do, but I would just pass on this one. You should feel insulted. What else is that place skimping on?

kbrn2002, ADN, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics, Dialysis. Has 19 years experience.

Holy smokes! That training wage is not much above minimum wage. The CNA's start at $11.00/hr + around here. No way would I accept that, I'd work at McDonalds for that pay. If the $20.00/hr is base pay for starting, well that's right in the ballpark for a lot of areas. Still don't think it's worth the insult of that training wage though.

You'd be much better off barbacking / bartending for money and spending your free time volunteering and collecting certs in the area you really want to be in. You have to become an internal candidate and working at a home health agency is not going to get you there. You will no longer qualify for new grad positions and you won't have the right skills to move into a specialty very easily. I don't know how long you've been looking or what you ultimately want to do, but I would just pass on this one. You should feel insulted. What else is that place skimping on?

This is good advice.

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma. Has 10 years experience.

The orientation pay is lower, but you get your full wage while orienting, at least for my area.

They usually doesn't hire new grad nurses; and you are basically getting a LPN wage.

I'm one to say that you are getting experience, and having a job is better in terms if getting you another job, but I am pretty on the fence for this one.

You are in a VERY impacted area in terms of jobs; I know new grads that I precepted at my previous job that said that areas is impacted with new grads and not enough jobs; they got another state license and was able to get a job faster than waiting for a job or volunteering (which DOES NOT EQUATE to experience) or waiting for a job will be a chance to render you ineligible-if you wait too long, you WILL be considered ineligible for some residency or new grad programs; some will take you as a "new grad" because you it is considered learning a new specialty-and they will pass you over for a "newer grad".

I think if this is the only job available, it doesn't hurt to take the job-it's still a considerable wage, while looking for another position-perhaps in LTC or a sub-acute facility?-or you can have no income and experience and continue to look for a job in a facility. It will be up to you.

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Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 41 years experience.

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