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I was wondering how much other nurses get paid per hour. I have read an article that the mean nurses salary is $55,000 and there is NO WAY I make that much and have been a nurse for 10 years. I have been thinking of moving to some other area of the country if nurses are making more there. Does anyone know of any website that shows hourly wages for nurses across the country?
I'm reading all of these post regarding nurse pay, and I am not suprised to hear some nurses complaining about not getting enough pay. Nurses don't realize how much power they have. We are like a sleeping giant sometimes. They (employers) need us; we can control our salary with or without a union if we just use our voice as our weapon. Nurses work way too hard to come up short in the pay department. I have literally walked out of interviews once I heard the salary for the job, and didn't think twice about it, only to have the interviewer chase me down begging to negotiate.
Here in California, with the nursing shortage and high turnover in some facilities, a nurse can literally write their own ticket when it comes to pay. I know how to play the game, and the fact is no employer is never really going to pay you what you're worth in the beginning if they can get away with it.
Nurses wake up! Don't be intimidated. The other thing about pay is nursing is still a predominantly female profession and some employers still don't respect women the way they do men. I am willing to bet that if nursing was 90% male, the pay would not be what it is today. You are worth something, and take control of your destiny.
I'm sorry, but in regard to an old post about the 2 degrees - I strongly disagree with you in that an ADN nurse is not going to be ready for the ICU upon graduation. No nurse is - BSN or ADN. I started in ICU when I graduated from college. It's insulting to ICU nurses to say an ADN is "ready for ICU." I spent 6 months learning intricacies I did not learn in school nor in internships - I had 2 years worth of internships, 9 months of which were in ICUs.
The BSN is important because it makes for a well-rounded education, and a higher level of education will bring nursing up in the world. I think the BSN should be the minimum level of entry for an RN.
Hi i am new to the site, just happened to click onto this discussion; I'll give you the input for a travel nurse in the Tampabay area florida. I am currently on my third contract at a smaller hospital in Pasco county. I have a 27 week contract on med/surg/tele/chem; three twelve hour shifts. $23. per hour no differentials; $1500 a month subsidy for housing outright since I commute; 2-$1000 bonus' at the end of 13th week and 26th week; plus insurance and malpractice; The nurses there for new grads is $19/hr; average is $22-23