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Monday, May 19, 2008

NURSING SALARIES EXPLAINED: WHAT DETERMINS IT

The base pay of nurses is determined by so many different factors. Some of these factors are the years of experience that the nurse has. Also a GN or graduate degreed nurse will start out at the lowest salary of nurse pay scale. The nurse will remain at this level until they pass their board exam or NCLEX. Upon passing their boards they will receive a small raise in pay anywhere from $2.50 per hour to $5.00 per hour. The most important factor in this scenario is to keep in mind that if the graduate nurse does not successfully pass the board exam the hospital can terminate their employment or extend to them a grace period in which they have the opportunity to pass the boards a second time. In the past years, it was not unusual for a graduate nurse work at a hospital for years before finally passing or taking their boards. FIND THE HIGH PAYING NURSE CAREER YOU DESERVE HERE

But this practice is no longer being accepted. And the graduate nurse is not allowed to pass any medications until they have their licensure. The question remains, what is the typical base salary for a graduate nurse. The salary ranges is in the low to mid forty thousand dollars per year. This discrepancy of several thousand dollars has much to do with the location of the hospital. For instance, in rural communities where much of the hospital funding comes from the government, the pay rate may be higher or lower than a privately funded institution. FIND A HIGH PAYING NURSE JOB ONLINE

Whether or not the nurses are in a union is also another factor in entry level nurse pay. Unions can either work for or against nursing wages. Sometimes non unionized hospitals pay more.

The nurses shift premiums are also a factor. The top shift premium is paid for the midnight shift. Midnight shift premiums range anywhere from $2.50 per hour to $4.50 per hour. Since most shifts in hospitals are now twelve hour shifts, midnights start around 7:30 p.m. and end around 7:30 a.m.. These are attractive hours for many nurses since they get four days off during a week and are still considered full time at thirty six hours per week. Health benefits including dental and optical are included in the total package and begin anywhere from one week after hire up to ninety days.

The section of the hospital that the nurse will work in is also a factor in pay. For instance those nurses that are trained for specialty care areas such as intensive care units (I.C.U.), the operating room, recovery room, or in the cardiac care facility will get paid an extra premium upon completion of their training in the hospital.

Different areas of the United States have been known to differ in nurse pay scales according to the cost of living and population densities.

In the final analysis, the following factors are involved in determining the salary of an entry level nurse; 1. their years of experience in patient care, 2. the shift they will be working, 3. the hospitals location, either rural or metropolitan, 4. whether or not the nurses are unionized, 5. the population density and per-capita income of the residents in the hospitals region, 6. the area of specialty the nurse will work in, such as I.C.U., C.C.U, etc., 7. successful completion of licensing boards. 8. whether or not to accept a benefit package or keep extra dollars per hour and opt not to take the benefit package, 9. whether the hospital is government or privately funded. SEARCH OUR HIGH PAYING NURSING JOBS FOR FREE HERE







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