So, I am a new graduate having a hard time finding a job like everyone else but I am taking my boards in a couple weeks and hoping things will improve by the fall....in the meantime, I have accepted a position at an agency that serves people with disabilities which I have done the last four years. I decided to take this job because I have no benefits right now (health) and figure I can stay put there until the market for new graduate RNs opens up. Not what I had in mind after suffering through nursing school
but I am accepting the way things are for now.
AT the second interview, the recruiter told me the starting salary and it is a little less than what I make currently! I was so shocked I didn't say anything...but was kinda insulted and thought "should I even do this?" I cannot stay at my current job after I am licensed as an Rn so I def need a job asap because who knows when I will get a Nursing position (which I still plan on looking i the meantime). So, after accepting the position, the day after I sent the recruiter an email, saying that I will be making less money now and is this typical since I have experience in the field, a Bachelors degree in another field and an associates degree in Nursing?! I thought I'd atleast make the same amount or a little more. So she writes back that the salary is based on "general" work experience (I have been working for about 12 years) and education, but that everyone in the field starts out making the same salary...which makes no sense to me.
So I am just looking for advice on my next step. Should I just take the position and wait until I can find an RN position (because I really need a job and benefits Right Now). Or is there anything I can do to make this lady believe that I am worth more than they want to start me out with...
Any advice would be greatly appreciated and sorry for the long post!