I'm an RN with 5 yrs of experience, only in psych. I am interviewing for PD positions in LTC/rehab b/c I want to gain more "medical" nursing exp. in case I decide to branch into acute care (and no one will hire me PD in acute care).
I had an interview today at a LTC facility that has both LTC and rehab floors; it went well, but when salary came up, I dodged the question about my current salary and asked what the facility was offering. The DON I was interviewing with quoted starting pay as $27/hr. I just said "ok" and the conversation moved on, but this is significantly less than I would like. I currently make a little over $34/hr in my full time position, and at my other PD position I make $40/hr.
I really want to get rehab experience and they do wound vacs, IVs, vents, post0ops and I like the philosophy of the place (very patient centered), but I don't want to work for less than I am worth. The ratio Is 2 CNAs to every 10 pts and 1 nurse for every 20 pts, which I understand is good.
The DON said she would call me back tomorrow (it sounds like they want to hire soon), and I think I am going to say that I thought more about the salary, let her know my current rates (as she did ask), and tell her I am looking for at least $31 or $32. What do you guys think about this?? The position doesn't require an RN (although neither does my current PD job), so I understand that the pay might be lower, but I made $28 something in the hospital per diem with only 2 years of experience..