Help! Can I still negotiate after saying Yes to a new job?

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    Hi all,
    I was excited after an interview for a new ARNP position, It's what i want to be doing, etc., so when they called just a few hours later and said they were giving me an official offer,
    I just said Yes to them on the phone. the were paying the same hourly rate I'm getting now. they said they would send a contract and to call this one and that one for getting the ball rolling. When i got home (I have a job now)
    I thought i had gone over everything in my mind, but now I realize I should have just said, That's great, send me the contract and I'll get back to you shortly. duh. For some reason, probably just nerves, I felt like she was asking me for an answer.

    Anyway, I thought the hourly rate was fine until I started thinking of some of the good benefits I am getting with my company now, which add about $2-4 k to my gross salary (some loan repayment and HSA matching) plus my insurance costs are very good per pay period. they had given me a sheet with benefits, which seem good, but no actual numbers for premiums, etc. so those benfits add about $2-2.5/hour to my pay rate. plus it is further away, so more gas too. I just wasnt thinking.

    Is there a gracious way to call back and say, I am still very excited about coming on board but I need to review the insurance and benefit specifics before i can give a firm "Yes".
    I am so mad at myself, but I wasn't expecting an offer so soon and literally just started looking 4 days ago.
    usually I think of everything.

    Any advice would be soooo appreciated
    Thanks in advance.

    other concerns I have:
    there is no lunch break, its an urgent care 9 hour shift
    no private space, just a counter/desk/computer alcove in the middle of everything. really wish it had some place to just make a phone call or something.

    Morgan
    Last edit by morganvibes on Feb 27, '11 : Reason: I want to say I am an FNP with 14 mos experience, new job is at an urgent care
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    Well my opinion, for what it's worth since I'm only now negotiating my first NP job ever, is that you gave them a verbal yes, but hadn't signed the contract which means you didn't officially accept the job. I think that once you read over the contract, you can call and express something like, "I'm really interested in this position, but after reading through the contract I have a few concerns." Then you can express, pretty much exactly what you stated in your post and see if they are interested in making any changes.
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    Hi,
    Thanks for the input, I guess you're right, that's all I can do now, just so mad at myself for giving up my leverage.
    Good luck with your first job!


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