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

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    I feel like this a reality everywhere. Several RNs on my floor were NPs but because they made significantly more as an RN they didn't leave. Kind of a waste of a degree/money IMO.

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    this is one reason that I did not want to go on for's sad
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    I wanted to add that the low amounts that NP's in some areas of the country start at is exactly why I wanted to go back to school for my NP before I had a ton of RN experience (I will have 6 years when I graduate). My concern was if I waited 10 or 15 years or even longer it would not be financially worth it for me to make the transition from RN to NP. My nurse manager is actually an NP who went back to school after being an ICU RN for 20 some years and could not find a job making more than she was making in ICU, so she ended up never working as an NP. Instead she stayed in ICU until a management position opened up. Sad, really.
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    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...
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    $65,000 yearly with the whole summer (3 months?) off seems ok to me...maybe I'm missing something.
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    If it were $65,000, my decision would be much easier...... Unfortunately its $49,000, which is not very competitive...
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    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!
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    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
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    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.
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    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.
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