Better salaries and benefits and a secure retirement

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(Video) Historical gains for our patients and our practice

NNU nurses have won collective bargaining agreements that are the model for RNs across the nation.


  • Salaries: Salaries up to $109/hour for career RNs
  • New graduate rates up to $65/hour for day shift
  • Shift differential: Up to 15 percent for evenings, 20.5 percent for night shifts
  • Paid education leave: Up to 12 days per year
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Up to 13 paid holidays per year

Preceptor pay: up to $2.50/hour for preceptor assignments

  • Charge pay: Up to $3.25/hour additional pay
  • Weekend differentials: Up to 30 percent additional pay
  • Call back while on-call: Double-time in some contracts
  • Per-diem pay: Up to 25 percent pay differential
  • Overtime: Time-and-a-half after eight hours, double-time after 12 hours
  • Experience credit: Increased pay for years worked as an RN inside or outside the United States
  • Fair and equitable wage system based on years of experience that eliminates wage caps for senior nurses

Health benefits

  • Comprehensive coverage for the RN and their family, including health, dental, and vision


  • Preference over travelers: Regularly-scheduled RNs have preference over travelers in scheduling and cannot be floated from their unit if a traveler is there

Longevity incentives

  • No mandatory weekends after 20 years of service
  • Longevity raises at 9, 11, 16, 20, 25, and 30 years
  • Five weeks of vacation after 10 years
  • 15 days per year sick leave after five years


NNU has won landmark improvements in retirement security for tens of thousands of RNs. More progress is needed — but, for the first time, RNs represented by NNU have the opportunity to retire with dignity after a lifetime of caring for others. We continue to make improved retirement security and retiree health benefits a major focus.

Retiree health benefits at age 55

Nurses who have spent their lives safeguarding the health of their patients should have access to quality health care when they retire. NNU has won retiree health benefits at age 55 for thousands of nurses and will continue to work towards retiree health coverage for all RNs.

Guaranteed defined-benefit plans won for NNU RNs

Many NNU members are covered by “defined-benefit” pension plans or a more generous matching component to their 401(k)/403(b) plans.