Quote from MsBruiser
AZ Vets home is a state job. AZ state jobs generally pay very little. With 6+ years experience you would be making in the neighborhood of $35.00 at my hospital. But that is a "private sector" job. I would tread very lightly. Sure, ask for me - but I would not expect much else. Also, be aware that state employees are basically at the mercy of a fairly ignorant legislature that very rarely votes for meaningful pay raises. You may be earning that salary for quite some time to come.
Interesting and thanks for sharing your insights. Although I have 3.5 years of Hospital experience oversees, my US Experience (2.5 years) has all been in Nursing Homes. Being that we would be moving half way across the country (and my husband and I want to move to Arizona), I would hate to just downgrade in pay like this. However, it is a way out to Arizona where we believe our future lies.
So our situation is as follows:
1) Find another Nursing Home or Hospital Job in the Phoenix Valley, Prescott or Tucson area that pays better
2) See where negotiating will get you with the current offer
Being that my US Experience has all been in Nursing Homes, my sense is I would only be "Marketable" for Nursing Home Jobs...taking into consideration they would be hiring me to move half way across the country.
From their point of view....I'm sure they have plenty of Hospital RN's they can choose from locally rather than hiring an Hospital RN whose recent experience has been in Nursing Homes. This makes me think that...I'm only marketable for Nursing Home jobs when taking into consideration I live half way across the country.