Salary- Starting new job after many years at home.

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    I think I finally have a good chance at a job! I have been home with kids for nearly 13 years. I live in Texas and have kept my license current. I checked with the BON a few years ago to make sure I could keep renewing even though I am not working, and the answer was yes.

    My background is 2 years at Texas Childrens, Pulmonary/Adolescent unit, and 8 years in an allergy clinic.

    This opportunity is in an OB/Gyn clinic. The nurse currently working there remembers me from my days at the allergy clinic. We worked in the same building and she was friends with my coworker. She first called my coworker to get the scoop on how I was to work with. I have also interviewed, and was told by my acquaintance that the doc thinks I am excellent. They never get people applying that have OB experience and will train. I was very, very frank about how long it had been since I have worked. I gather they are looking more for someone who is responsible and pleasant to work with than rock star skills.

    I would be working for a new grad physician that is joining the practice.

    They are also interviewing medical assistants for this position, which may not be a good thing for me. I realize I have not worked and have to start for the beginning.

    My point is, I still think I should expect a beginning nurse wage since legally I am still accountable as a nurse? I have this feeling they if they offer me the job it will be lower than a nursing salary.

    What do you all think?
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    Keep in mind that you are not working in acute care but at a clinic, where salaries are usually lower anyway.
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    Oh yes I understand that office salaries are lower than acute care. I guess my question is am I wrong to expect at least a new grad office nurse salary? I have this feeling they are going to want to pay me as a med assistant. But I have to sign LVN behind my name so I think I should be paid as a nurse... even if it is the lowest end of the office nurse salary scale.
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    I agree: if you are being hired as a nurse, you should be paid as a nurse. I'd find out what the going rates are for clinic LVNs and clinic MAs, and use that info to help you negotiate.

    Good luck.
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    I once interviewed for a clinic job and the hr lady interviewing me said "We start our nurses and MAs out at $8.75 an hour" smiled and added "We like to pay a little higher than the hospital". I didn't say anything but, I know my mouth dropped open, lol. Shucks, I never got a call back on that one.
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    I would accept new grad nurse wages and be thankful.

    Where I live, we can't keep a practice permit if we aren't employed for a certain number of hours every three years. 13 years at home would require a return to practice course.
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    I would be very thankful! Also, the only reason I would attempt this is because it is physician office, where I am most comfortable, and because they know exactly what they are getting with me. They are willing to train me.

    Fiona, you bring up a valid point. I kept seeing posts on here about not being able to renew if you had not practiced in various states. That made me decide to check with the BON. I still have their email in my inbox just in case.
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    Here is the email.. "
    Licensure isn't based on whether you work or not. So long as you renew and do your CE's, it doesn't matter whether you are working or not, nor for how long."

    When I have renewed every period, I have always reflected my employment status truthfully. And actually, it hasn't been 13 solid years. I worked PRN in 2001, 2002, and 2008. I just realized this email is from 2011. Perhaps I should give them a call to make sure nothing has changed?
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    Something I just found on the BON site. My interpretation of this is the office should give me the training they are going to anyway, document it, and re-evaluate me.

    Guidelines for Transitioning of the Experienced Nurse


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