Do I have grounds to negotiate my price offered?

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    I'm about to be offered a new job. I will be going from 2 years of Psych Nursing to a Med Surg. Floor. I'm not sure if they're going to include my Psych Nursing experience when they calculate my offer. I have a friend who graduated with me and got a job at this same place at the same floor I'm going to. I know she was offered 27$/hr to start as a new grad. I told them I would like at least 27-28$ just so I didn't price myself out.

    My question is...if they come with an offer for 27/hr should I try to ask for more based on my 2 years of Psych Experience? What if they say it's not relavent because it's Psych?

    Any other tips on this matter would be extremely helpful. Thanks.

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  2. 13 Comments...

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    Floor nurses' salaries are usually non-negotiable in my experience.
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    You can always try negotiating--after all, the worst they can tell you is No.

    However, I recommend against making any "or else" demands (e.g., "I want $30/hr or else I'll walk"). With all the nurses looking for work and willing to take what you're offered, you may find yourself easily replaced.

    Good luck!
    GrnTea, TheCommuter, and KelRN215 like this.
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    yeah, I plan on taking the job regardless. I'm just feeling like my two years of RN experience should be acknowledged and if it is not I will want to negotiate. If they say "we considered your 2 years of experience and decided to offer you 29 or 30" I'll just take it and be happy.

    I'm wondering whether the argument that two years of psych experience should be included in the calculations for pay.
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    yes, its nursing and pt care.
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    Two years of psych nursing will come in extra handy on a med-surg floor - as many as a quarter of our patients can have a mental diagnosis that is being treated concurrently with an acute or chronic medical problem. Your new co-workers will probably really appreciate your experience.

    And yes, ask for a wage based on your experience!
    KelRN215 likes this.
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    Sure, it is experience after all. However, it's not med-surg experience, so don't expect it to get you as much as m/s experience would. But definitely try!
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    In my experience they calculate how long you've been a working nurse, so it should count.
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    I went from psych to peds, and my psych experience was taken into consideration.
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    Great. Thanks for all of the advice.

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