Job Offer, but I have reservations..... - page 3

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 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.
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    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!
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    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.
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    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
    student forever likes this.
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    No student loan debt to forgive...
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    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
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    It sounds like you may have a opening to negotiating a higher salary, as you dont need benefits. Maybe they vcan increase your salary in lieu of bennies. So, for me, the bottom lines would be: does the job even interest you? Are NP jobs scarce or easy to find in your area? Can you live on the salary they are offering?
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    I've researched NP salaries, as this is one of my career interests. Generally, NPs are paid higher than a floor nurse, and for good reason. This is an advanced practise role, which requires additional preparation. Although you're a new grad, don't sell yourself short. Money does matter, especially considering the rising cost of education. Shop around before you accept a low salary.

    Did I just read 49k? That is ridiculously low. New grad RNs in my area start at 34+ shift differential. I'd say forget that.
    Last edit by joanna73 on Dec 14, '12 : Reason: Added information.
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    I am surprised by some of the posts on here. How can an RN make more than an NP? Maybe it depends on the specialty and/or geographical area. I have been looking at job postings and see starting salaries at 70-90k in urban areas and 100k+ in rural areas. This is for psych NPs.
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    Mzaur , the salaries are low. I make what you quoted now as an rn. Np salaries should be higher I would think. I do not know how the pay structure works with time in job for them ...does it go up dramatically after a few years ?

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