Hi Nurse Beth,
I am trying to change my career from field nurse specializing in wounds/ostomy to long term care facility or temporary. I love what I do am presently making $45-50,000/yr and no one wants to pay for my 30+ years of being a nurse. Is it too much to ask for my expertise and knowledge? The demands of the new positions I applied for ask for more than just wound care. So I don't feel my price is too high.
Dear Won’t Pay Me For My Expertise,
The problem is that the employers in your area are going to pay you what the going salary is for like positions in like facilities- and it may not necessarily be what you deserve.
With your depth of experience in wound care, it’s safe to say you could save an LTC facility costs and fines by preventing and treating wounds. You and I both know how much you bring to the table with 30+ years of nursing experience.
Unfortunately, often employers look at short term costs, such as monthly budgets and labor costs, over long term savings and value. Is there any chance they would create a position for a wound care nurse? The benefits seem apparent, but again, LTC administrators may not agree.
Whenever you ask for more money, try to show how you are solving a problem or providing a solution for them. That changes the focus from what you want to what they need.