Quote from wsuchic1
How much does a nurse taking the initiative to negotiate his/her salary effect how much is earned? Is negotiation as successful in Nursing as it is in other fields?
I've read several articles and have seen several reports on the Today Show that indicate over and over the same thing: Women are less likely than men to be assertive when it comes to negotiating their salary. Of course, before anyone beats me to it, this does not hold true for all women or for all men, it's just a generalization that has seemed to hold true throughout the decades.
Do you all feel that this is relevant in Nursing, as well?
I really feel that it depends on the facility that you are applying to and how badly they need help. I worked as a traveler for a year at a facility. When I decided to move on, they asked me to stay on as an employee, yet we could not come to terms on an agreeable salary. I offered to leave for a while and then come back so that they would not have to buy out my contract or pay the travel agency anything out of pocket.
They made it perfectly clear that I was free to do that, but they would not budge on the salary they offered me. So for a measly $2.50 extra an hour, they refused to hire me on my terms. The excuse that HR gave me? They said, and I quote, "We WILL NOT compete with ABC Hospital. We do not care what they offered you. We will not match it because we are NOT in competition with them."
Huh? With that sort of attitude, I now know why they have a huge turnover and why they cannot attract nurses. I sort of felt as if they were telling me that they did not care how much experience I had, this was the salary. Take it or leave it.