Dec 06 Grads- Share your job offers? - page 2
Hey, I was wondering if some of the Dec 06 grads will share their job offers. The latest salary numbers I have are about $20/hr in Austin/Dallas with $1-$5 differentials for nights and weekends... Read More
Dec 31, '06Quote from carachel2Carachel is wise beyond her years. I have worked in a major DFW hospital now for >12 years. Hospitals that offer huge bonuses to get you in the door are NOT the type you want to work for, unless you enjoy a patient load of 6 plus, every day. Not at all safe IMO, especially for a new grad.I'm sure I'll get slammed, but what the heck.....
If *I* were a new nurse and a hospital was offering a NEW grad a sign-on bonus......I would RUN. The more stable hospitals with better retention are not offering mega sign-on bonuses
There is a local hospital "Hiring 100 Nurses in 100 Days." Really, would you want to work somewhere that has 100 nurses that are new to that particular system ? Would you want to be a patient there ? I'm thinking I wouldn't.
She's also correct about the experience level, having all those new nurses at one place at one time. There are very few experienced RNs at places like this, and it's either sink or swim for many new grads. There's no true, formal preceptorship either (one where you have ONE preceptor as opposed to ONE for every different shift you work).
You absolutely need to have "go to" people when you are training for a new job, and with many of these hospitals, people are just too busy to care about you and your problems as a new nurse. I'm sorry to sound so negative, but this is the truth.
I work for a major standalone hospital here in Tx, and I can tell you that the rate of pay is very competitive for RNs with other hospitals. In addition, you'll find the differential for "off" shifts, the best in the area.
Email me if you'd like to have more information.
The sad fact of life is also this : Getting "new" nurses in the door is preferred over "keeping" experienced nurses. This seems to be the case across the board. What this means is that you will be paid a lot to get you in the door as a new nurse, but as your paycheck may not grow with your experience level the way you thought it would. This is yet another reason why experienced nurses leave. After all, who wants to work at a facility that pays new grads 1 dollar less per hour than an RN who's been there 2 years??
Good luck to all of you in your search for employment.
Jan 8, '07I just graduated in dec. in dallas area
some of the offers I heard were between 19.50-21.50
I was able to get 22.66/ hour with 3.25 diff 3p-11p 4$ diff 11p-7a and 6$ diff weekends all stackable. and a 4000$ sign on for the ICU, they weren't offering this sign on in other areas. I was able to negotiate higher pay because i had been there as a tech for three years already.
Jan 8, '07Does all stackable mean +$10 for weekend nights from 11p-7a and +$9.25 weekends from 3p-11p
+$13.25 for weekend late nights?