I'm 18 months into nursing now still in SNF still on nights, I've been interviewed a few times but couldn't get the job due to low census at time of hiring or statewide hiring freezes. I've always complained about not getting the experience I needed for grad school but now I'm not too sure.
Now, I was given a lead by a family friend who I never knew is now an Assistant VP at a hospital. It's a strong recommendation and I even got a call from HR within an hour when I applied, for a position in a cardiac step down unit. I asked a few of my classmates about the place and they said it pays pretty bad $22 I would be expecting. Currently I earn $23 an hour and I work another part time job to help pay the bills. Should I even dare to ask about how much nurses are being paid in the first interview?
If I feel like I'm at a netloss.
I feel like I lose:
A VERY secure 2nd job
More financial stress related to student loans
What I gain:
The coveted "acute care experience"
My mom keeps telling me to wait it out because right now the hospital she works at is suffering from low census, but is a lot more open for orientation periods and pays significantly more.
Am I being greedy for taking an opportunity for granted?
Sep 27, '12
You're supposed to ask what the pay is when they offer you the position. Although it not much said anymore, but you are not automatically hired if they call you back they are supposed to first offer you the position and this is where you start to negotiate your pay. I know these things have been lost with the abundance of eager nurses (employees) and the low level of jobs across the board, not only in nursing but every other area as well. It is good to think about the what if's in the meantime as they will prepare you for the upcoming, but you don't have the job..... yet. Good luck.
Last edit by NyteshiftLVN on Sep 27, '12
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