We just moved to a new state and I accepted a RN position on a Med Surg Floor. I am starting at the new grad pay, because I only have 6 months experience as an RN working in a nursing position in a hospital.
I have another 1 1/2 years as a RN Research Nurse position in a large hospital.
In addition I have 20 years experience as a LPN. As an LPN I worked in the SICU, PICU and ED. I was PALS, ACLS, tele certified. They do not consider any past healthcare experience when determining pay.
I am really upset that they are treating me as a Brand NEW Nurse straight out of school!!!! Ok, you can treat me like one -- but pay me like one??? Especially, when the Director of Nursing told me during my interview she was looking forward to having a nurse which such experience working on the med/surg floor.
I fell like I am being taken advantage of. Am I just being a Diva here? How should I handle this?
Thanks for you input!!