I am a student nurse at a hospital in Tennessee. My pay right now is $10 an hour. I met some new grads during orientation and they said their starting pay is $18.50. Neither one of them were student nurses during nursing school. I want to know if anyone has any experience or information on negotiating after graduating assuming one will stay on the unit they worked while in school or even transferring to another unit in the same hospital.
Do you think it would be acceptable to negotiate with the nurse manager and/or HR?
I would be a new grad but I would at least have the floor experience on the unit. The nurse manager told me they would want us student nurses to come on as a nurse once we graduate.
(In this situation) Would it be a good idea to at least explore and ask when the time comes or take the new grad pay? I would want to negotiate for $20.00 an hour but I would agree to $19.50. I am not aware of their benefits so that and the $18.50 pay may balance out. Thank you for reading and any opinions given.