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Starting salary for new RN grads at NHRMC

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Congratulations!

PRW- Is their peer review team. It will be a group of experienced nurses from the floor you are applying for.

New Hanover uses Behavior Based Interviewing, so you may want to review method of interviewing prior to your interview if you aren't familiar with it.

I would suggest dressing professionally, bring a copy of your cover letter, resume and references for the hiring manager and then following up with them after the interview with a thank you note/email.

Good luck! :)

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Thanks - the interview was actually last week and I got the offer today - YAY! :lol2:

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Hi everyone,

I found out about NHRMC through a job database and knew nothing about it. It just so happened that my brother's friend knew a lot about Wilmington and had rave reviews, so I decided to apply. After applying to many jobs all over the country (mostly in bigger cities---bay area (I am from San Fran), NY, Philly, Baltimore, Durham) NHRMC was the only one I heard back from, and I got an interview. I found all of your responses while researching nursing salaries, and I must say (salaries aside), I am now sort of regretting that I bought a $500 round trip ticket and suit for this interview. Most of you have painted a pretty negative picture of the place, and I'm wondering if I should just cancel or something? I don't care about the pay as much as the general culture of the hospital/ respect of the nurses, and overall job satisfaction. I feel like my options are limited since I'm a new grad, but frankly I'd rather wait and find a job with better nursing retention and job satisfaction than take the first thing under my nose.

Anyone have any further comments about the general culture of the hospital? Or anything positive to say? I am on the brink of cancelling my ticket.....but then again don't have other prospects at the moment so I won't!

Also, in an interview situation, is it ok to ask HR the tough questions, such as, "how is nursing retention at your hospital", "I have heard that nurses are leaving, why is that so?"...or is that too risky?

Thank you all for your insights, negative or not. They are very helpful!!

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I just started there in the last month and so far everyone I've met (well, mostly everyone) has been super nice. I also found it interesting that out of about 30 new nurses that started with me, about 25 were from out of town or out of state. It seems that the culture has been changing there and according to my mgr, they won't tolerate the nurses who "eat their young" anymore so they're being weeded out. I say if you can handle the low pay (and it's MUCH lower than NY of Cali) then go for it and try to get as much out of the experience as you can. AND - I think you should ask about retention. Ask about what they're doing to retain their nurses and train them and such. They want to know that you plan on sticking around so that's a totally valid question to ask!!

Good luck and keep us posted :)

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@ Risgirl: Thank you so much for your quick reply! I am amazed and happy to hear that NHRMC is hiring so many out of staters, and also happy to hear that the culture of the hospital may be changing for the better. Though I am wondering why there was a mass exodus of former nurses?

I have my interview this week and will let you know. Thanks again and good luck with your new job.

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rebecca41 has 6 years experience and specializes in ER, PACU, Progressive Care, Med-Surg.

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sfmusso84: curious to hear how your interview went, and what kind of vibe you got from the place. I'm interested in NH as well but not for another 9 mos or so.

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@Cwalton: I got a great vibe from the people who interviewed me, including the peer review group. The tour of the unit was very thorough, they gave good explanations of everything, and gave off a very positive, friendly vibe. I literally just got an offer yesterday...and then went and interviewed at a hospital in Austin that I was not at all impressed with. I didn't have anything to compare the NC interview to until now, and I would have to say the whole experience was a very positive one, particularly in comparison to this one I had yesterday! Are you working there currently or just interested?

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OBigdog26 has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN, NP.

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You guys need to understand that the cost of living in NC is very cheap compared to NY and Pa. I rent an apartment for 610 a month and that's water included. It is also 2 bedrooms. So a 1 bedroom will run you about 500 per month. You can also by a nice house down here for about 15-200k. So we don't need to make a crap load of money down here.

For the amount of "crap" nurses go through on a daily basis and the responsibility we have to our patients, we need to be better compensated!!!! I'm sure that the majority of nurses would agree with me.

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Hi everyone, I found out that I got an offer and am wondering if I should just take the plunge and take it (I know absolutely no one in North Carolina) or hold out for something in the mid-atlantic (baltimore/philly area). I think it sounds like a great unit to get foundational experience as a new grad. The staff and nurses on the units seemed very supportive and team-oriented. It's a big decision, and any advice would be much appreciated!

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ChristopherB has 12 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in MICU, SICU, CVICU, CCU, and Neuro ICU.

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You guys need to understand that the cost of living in NC is very cheap compared to NY and Pa. I rent an apartment for 610 a month and that's water included. It is also 2 bedrooms. So a 1 bedroom will run you about 500 per month. You can also by a nice house down here for about 15-200k. So we don't need to make a crap load of money down here.

I interviewed at a few hospitals in NC last year and this year and they all told me the cost of living is so much lower than where I live in PA that its not really a pay cut. However, when I looked at the actual difference in cost of living, it was definitely a pay cut. Not only did all of the online cost of living calcualtors say that the cost of living in NC was the same of a few percent or higher than where I live in PA, but my own research said the same thing. The cost of food, utilities and rent combined, gasoline, automobile insurance, and commonly used items was all about the same. Automobile registration was also more expensive.

For example, I pay $750/month in rent for a 1400 sq. ft. 2 bedroom apartment with all utilities included(except for internet access) on a 1 acre lot with a private swimming pool, off street parking, and I share the land and pool with one other couple who also lives on the property. Its a 6.5 mile drive to work, which is on the other side of the city.

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You guys need to understand that the cost of living in NC is very cheap compared to NY and Pa. I rent an apartment for 610 a month and that's water included. It is also 2 bedrooms. So a 1 bedroom will run you about 500 per month. You can also by a nice house down here for about 15-200k. So we don't need to make a crap load of money down here.

Not $610 in Wilmington, NOT even for a one bedroom more like $725 for a decent place. And the pay is really low. Better live and work in Myrtle Beach. I interviewed at New Hanover, very low pay.

It would have been a major pay cut with a higher cost of living. That said NC does have a lower cost of living. Payscale has a cost of living calculator. Its a good start.

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SubSippi has 2 years experience.

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It's just cheaper to live in rural areas, no matter what part of the country you're in.

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