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

  1. 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.

    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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  3. by   NPinWCH
    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.
  4. by   morganvibes
    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!