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 money, but I make more working 2 days a week as a floor nurse than the offer salary. I already feel that higher education within nursing is not valued, and this further justifies my belief. As I think about it, a new grad RN working at my hospital will earn about $5000.00 a year more than I will if I do take the job (which is unlikely), how is that possible???
My preceptor took a significant pay cut ($65,000 a year) and says her quality of life is much better (no weekends or holidays, and the summer off), and I should consider more than salary when I become an NP. I do agree with her to a point. But I feel if NP's continue to accept such embarrassingly low salaries, then employers will continue to devalue the nursing profession as a whole.
I will keep the offer in my back pocket, but continue to search for other opportunities (I like retail healthcare, don't laugh...lol) as I get closer to graduation and taking the boards.
Anyone care to share their thoughts (sorry if this topic has been discussed already as I didn't do a search)?
True, I can gain the experience then leave I guess. I just have a problem with working for less pay than I earn now. The salary being offered is less than I made as a new grad 6 years ago...I have my dignity...lol....
My nursing experience does not count which I can live with since I will be in a completely different role.
With the cost of living increasing (as an example my rent will increase by $70.00/month) I cant take a dramatic paycut for the sake of fulfilment. Conversely, I have another offer (which pays about 30 grand a year more) in retail medicine that I am strongly considering.
Last edit by gerry79 on Dec 12, '12
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