Going from staff nurse to management. As a staff nurse it's hourly pay along with differential for evenings, nights, holidays and weekends. the management position will pay me ONE dollar more an hour with extra added responsibility and it's salaried. I couldn't believe this...how can a person take charge with added responsibility and you only pay them a dollar more????
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In nursing, I just plain would not want to be in management, at all. I'm like you, to me, nursing is hands on patient care. If I wanted to be a desk jockey, I could have stayed doing what I was doing, or gone in other directions in the business world. However, I have met a nursing manager or two, that I am happy they chose desks over patients. I would not want them anywhere near me if I were sick or injured.
Ouch! That's a pretty harsh view of management!
After over 30 yrs as a "hands on" nurse, I chose to take a management position which will be my final job. I'm looking to take an early retirement and the extra pay I am getting now will enable me to do that. Plus, I had some medical issues that made lifting and transferring a problem for me. So for me, these were good reasons to go into management. I have been offered and turned down several management positions through the years because I just did not want the responsibility when my kids were young. My past experience has given me more wisdom and understanding of the staff I supervise since I have been where they are. I don't miss the hands on as I thought I might because as a 'desk jockey' I feel that I'm making a positive difference in my staff and client's lives.
Although I negotiated to higher than what was initially offered to me, I now realize in hindsight, I could have requested and gotten more than I did. They had already fired the previous manager and they needed me more than I needed them. They have since made up for it by giving me good raises each year w/ bonuses 2-4x/yr depending on our profit.
DO NOT settle for only $1.00 more an hour. You need to find out what kind of raises you can expect, bonuses, vacation etc and get it in writing. Right now I am making $6.00 more than the nurses I supervise and my boss (I found out quite by accident) is making $5.00 more an hour than me.
Last edit by Kyasi on Mar 27, '11