Job Offer, but I have reservations..... - page 4

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 considered being an NP for the... Read More

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    Much too low, relative to the amount of responsibility and accountability you would have. But you've already figured that out.

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    Thanks to all who replied to my post!
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    $49k! Wow! I make that much and work alternating 24/32 hour weeks in pedi home care as a new grad!

    In my area (Boston), the average starting salary is probably around 80-100k. I look at it this way: if I worked full time at my job (which, admittedly, pays much more for a new grad than a floor nurse position in a hospital would) I would be making almost $71k/year...and that's in home care! So, I would expect to start at least $20k higher than that to make my education worthwhile...especially if I pursue a DNP. However, I also blew my back out in home care so med/surg or other heavy-lifting positions are no longer feasible (ie: I ain't goin' down that road again) so I'm pursuing my FNP mostly to transition to primary care and get away from the manual labor.

    I would hold out for something that at least starts in the $80k range. I, too, am also a nurse who would prefer to transition into advanced practice before having too many years of experience so I never have to take a pay cut...and so I can save my body years of damage...I've already got a bad back at 29!
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    I would say no to that offer. 49k for an NP. Keep looking dont even waste your time with that kind of crap. Not sure where you live or what the market is for your specialty but if you can make 30k more a year at retail then do it.
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    Im just starting at the VA as a WHNP with a salary of 89,500; leaving a nursing salary of 79,856 at Womack Army medical Center. This is a federal position. The thing I'm kinda put out about is men NPs in this area of practice are getting paid 93,500. Read a recent article in a NP Journal about this problem, don't know how to fix it. Do your research and see what other's are getting paid in the same kind of practice you are in and negotiate. You and your skills are worth it. I don't have much experience. This was the initial offer and usually it goes up, but it's based on experience as a NP. I also asked about student loans, and will bring it up again after getting off probation in 2 yrs.

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