Job Offer, but I have reservations..... - page 2

Was offered a job by my preceptor and medical director at a college campus clinic. I was honored, since I don't graduate until May, but was very disappointed at the starting salary. I've never... Read More

  1. by   gerry79
    I knew eventually that my body would not hold up to continued floor nursing (bad back and knees) so I am thankful to not be shackled by the proverbial golden handcuffs...
  2. by   BluntForceTrauma
    $65,000 yearly with the whole summer (3 months?) off seems ok to me...maybe I'm missing something.
  3. by   gerry79
    If it were $65,000, my decision would be much easier...... Unfortunately its $49,000, which is not very competitive...
  4. by   BCgradnurse
    As others have said, college health positions are pretty low paying. They also can give you a pretty nice quality of life, especially if you enjoy working with that age group. Here's a couple of things to consider. Some college health services operate on skeleton staff if they have students over the summer, and that means additional pay above the 9 month salary if you work. Also, you can get free or reduced tuition for yourself or immediate family. If you have kids approaching college age, it's something to consider.

    Good luck in finding a position you love!
  5. by   BluntForceTrauma
    Quote from gerry79
    If it were $65,000, my decision would be much easier...... Unfortunately its $49,000, which is not very competitive...
    ohhh....sorry :-( now i understand
  6. by   ThePrincessBride
    Quote from gerry79
    If it were $65,000, my decision would be much easier...... Unfortunately its $49,000, which is not very competitive...
    Say what???

    RNs in my area WITHOUT differentials make more than that. New grads.

    I find that pay to be borderline insulting. I think NPs should be starting off with AT LEAST 65k/yr, and I'm not even factoring high cost of living where base rate should be higher.
  7. by   Good Morning, Gil
    Did you try negotiating yet? I say that as I have never ever negotiated my pay lol, but in this instance, it looks like it might be worth it. What do other clinic NP's in your area make? I think you would have to compare the salary that way to see if it's fair in your area. You can always get experience there and go elsewhere to make more money.

    I was looking at NP jobs in my area to see if the pay was worth going back to school as an NP, etc, but every single one preferred experience. So....something to look into before rejecting it. I'm unsure what I will go back to school for in the future, but I am with you; I can't afford to take out loans for education and not make enough to pay them off in a reasonable period of time.
  8. by   brandy1017
    I think you should try to negotiate for a higher salary asking for more than you really want or expect so when they bargain down from there you still get a decent salary. I think it's a bad idea to just accept a lowball offer because that will be setting you up for a lower salary for years to come and is one of the reasons women get paid less than men. If you start low subsequent raises will be less and even if you switch jobs you'll still be at a lower salary.

    Is the clinic a union position where the pay is set by the union or is there wiggle room. I would counter the offer and keep it on the back burner. But also look at the whole picture, consider if the college offers better benefits insurance and pension vs what you would get working for private practice. Private practice might not pay benefits, especially health insurance so consider that as well.
  9. by   AlohaVol
    Have you considered applying with the VA? Their NP's make more than what you have been offered. If you work in an Outpatient Clinic you would work weekdays with federal holidays off. Double retirement benefits.
    The biggest benefit is you would be caring for our veterans!
  10. by   lrobinson5
    I may be completely wrong, but generally don't the benefits really make it worth it? You aren't going to be working as many hours per year, and I would imagine that the health and retirement benefits are exceptional. I'm not sure though, I just know that many of the people at my community college love where they are at because of the above reasons.
    Perhaps you can agree to the $49k per year and whatever benefits are offered, but also have them throw in a sort of debt forgiveness plan over the next three years or so. So if you owe (just to throw a figure in there) $30k for the education at the university to obtain your MSN, they could knock off $10k per year for three years along with the agreed upon salary and benefits package. Worth a shot, right? Maybe you can convince them to knock of $15k a year for 2 years and then get the hell out of there
  12. by   gerry79
    No student loan debt to forgive...
  13. by   gerry79
    Wont be taking the school/state benefits as I retired from the service and already have pretty good coverage.
    Last edit by gerry79 on Dec 14, '12 : Reason: grammar