Paycut w/ new position

  1. Hello all!

    I have been a nurse for 12 years, and I have a background that includes med surg- little of icu, stepdown, insurance reiviewer, & dc planner. I am now looking into going into the OR at the same facility, but they want to start my pat at 24% above a new grad. Is that insane or what?? My paycut would be $2.06/hr but is negotiable (w/ approval from CNO). I'm really bummed because Ive always have been interested in OR nursing. I really can't take a $2.06 paycut, and I'm ready to move on from current position. Any advice?
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   Katnip
    It seems kind of strange that they want to cut your salary in the same facility.

    But what kind of position are you in now? Is this a lateral move as in staff nurse in med-surg to staff nurse in OR? Or is it more like a case manager type position to staff nurse?
  4. by   Jolie
    Perhaps you would be willing to accept a temporary pay cut during your orientation period ONLY. Once you are off of orientation, and assigned work on your own, you would then return to your current pay rate, with any cost-of living or across-the-board raises added in.

    Whatever you decide, GET IT IN WRITING!

    Good luck!
  5. by   santhony44
    I, personally, wouldn't take it.

    I once did what I thought was a lateral transfer. Just before I went over, I was told that, since it was a different department, the pay would be less.

    I said no, thanks, I'm not taking a pay cut. If you want me, you will pay me what I make now.

    They paid me what I was already making. My mistake was not getting it in writing; shortly after the transfer, they gave raises, and I didn't get one. I would've asked for my current pay plus any subsequent raises the other staff got.

    I didn't fight it at the time, but I knew I wasn't going to be at that particular instituction much longer.

    Just my opinion. You have to decide if you want the OR badly enough to take a pay cut, but I think you'd set a really bad precedent for yourself.
  6. by   eevie3940
    But what kind of position are you in now? Is this a lateral move as in staff nurse in med-surg to staff nurse in OR? Or is it more like a case manager type position to staff nurse?

    I'm moving from case mgmt to OR.

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