Quote from MS, APRN, BC, FNP
Have you ever heard the phrase "salary DOE" (dependant on experience). A new grad I don't think can be expected to make top dollar, but hey go for it.
I have heard the phrase. I did set myself up to be competitive and in the end I got what I wanted. I would never consider suggesting that anyone else couldn't do the same.
I think competent, independent and productive NPs should be getting easily 160,000 if they are good negotiators and know what they are worth.
Competent, productive NPs (if you aren't mostly independent you can't be very productive) should be making 150-160 even if they aren't good negotiators or know what they are worth. Unfortunately, the many who are willing to settle for what they can get make things more difficult for the rest of us.
........and yes even MDs pay their dues working in their reisidency for 4 years for much lower pay.
I did pay my dues, on the night shift, in the ER working up patients to the point of discharge or admission then waking up the doctor to finish his paperwork. I did it for less money.
When MDs are in their residency they might be moonlighting on the side, but the residency for which they are being paid less is part of their required education. No one was lining up to pay me less for time I spent on my education. Again, I have paid dues. In that way we all pay dues.
I simply believe that no one should come out of a higher education program without the ability to make more than was possible at the previous educational level. Since it isn't that difficult to make 65K as a registered nurse these days, it is completely inappropriate to expect any NP to take on the additional responsibility, accountablility, and liability of the role without compensation that takes these factors into adequate consideration.
My absolute lowest acceptable base salary as a new grad was 90K. I walked away from a couple of positions that couldn't meet me there. Within 2 months of graduation (and before certification) I was offered more and took the position. I considered working for less to be a disservice to my profession.
Please understand this isn't personal. I have been accused of speaking strongly in the past. This is just one of my buttons.
(I think I messed up the quoting. I have bolded and italicized my comments that are mixed with the original post. Sorry)