Transport Pay Scale Compared To Hospital Pay Scale
Posted 10 November 2008 - 04:02 PM
This question was posted on another nursing website and a suggestion was made to post the question here. I have to compliment the website moderators here at FlightWeb. After looking around your site, I am impressed with the information available.
I have recently accepted a new position as an RN on a ground transport team (critical care transport ambulance). My prior position was as a staff RN in a hospital that gave us excellent pay and benefits. An existing, privately owned, transport company expanded into our area about 4 months ago and approached me about hiring on with them when they were staffing the new station. When I (and two other RN's) accepted this new position, a lot of promises were made regarding education opportunities and compensation package (pay and benefits). The reality now is that the company is backing off on most of the promises after we have committed ourselves to working for this company. They are now reluctant to pay for any CE's or recerts and have taken the promised "after probation" pay raises and health insurance off the table. They also have withdrawn vacation and retirement benefits. Myself and the other RN's on our service are becoming frustrated with this.
My main question is how your pay as a transport nurse compares to working as staff in a hospital. I calculate that I took a 30% pay cut plus loss of benefits (no health insurance, vacation time or retirement). Is this normal for the transport positions?
Thanks in advance for any advice or information.
Posted 10 November 2008 - 04:20 PM
First, Quit. This company is obviously a bunch of liars.
Second, I know new grad RNs in the hospital who made as much as I did in HEMS. At the top end of the payscale where I was it was still 2-3$ less than the hospital per hour plus the benefits are generally not as good.
Sadly, this has occurred because of the popularity of the job. It is all supply and demand. Alot of people apply for HEMS jobs and (since the industry has dumbed down their hiring policies) the supply is often greater than demand. In companies where they have kept high hiring policies they are often finding it hard to get qualified applicants and either are forced to pay more or lower standards.
Sad but that is what it has come to.
"What gets us into trouble is not what we don't know
It's what we know for sure that just ain't so" - Mark Twain
Posted 13 November 2008 - 02:17 PM
As Mike said, transport jobs tend to pay less because there is no shortage of applicants. Many places seem not to place any premium on experience or qualifications.
However, there are many positions that wouldn't require as much of a pay cut as you took, and every place I've ever looked into at least offered basic healthcare insurance and paid time off.
Posted 13 November 2008 - 04:11 PM
Posted 13 November 2008 - 05:53 PM