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    I am wondering if anyone knows what the starting wage for a bachelor prepared new RN in a health department setting WOULD BE?!? I have an interview and am uncertain?!? Also as a new nurse what are the draw backs of this position or the benefits!! Thanks!! By the way… I have a passion for public health and underprivileged families!! 🙂


    I just looked into a public health position which required a BSN. I have a BA in zoology, I was the commander of a preventive medicine detachment in the army reserves, I have 19 years of nursing experience, but even though new grads were welcome, I was not qualified because I just have an ADN for nursing. It’s ok because the pay wouldn’t cover my mortgage … starting pay was ~4,000/month (before taxes.)

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    Sandra Dwan

    I think it depends on the state. I don’t work in a health department, but as a new grad with my BSN, I was making $20.75/hr in a nursing home in New Hampshire, then $27/hr in home care in Massachusetts. I hope this is somewhat helpful!

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    It varies from state to state. Check out

    The median income nationally is 26.00 hr. PRN usually pays a higher rate (3.00 – 4.00 an hour more)

    When you are first hired, you will be on orientation for a while as well. Some companies may pay less until you are on your own. Hope this helps

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