Hi! I am a RN working in North Carolina, I got my first job a Duke University Medical Center working on a cardio-thoracic step-down unit and then transitioned to the cardio-thoractic ICU. I am originally from California, and would like to end up back there. I will have about 2-2.5 years of RN experience at a big teaching hospital and 1-1.5 ICU experience, albeit pretty specialized as far as the patient population goes.
My question is, how does one go about negotiating salaries, or is it even possible? I was just happy to have a job out of nursing school in a hospital and took what I could get as far as pay goes. But now that I have some experience I feel I am very underpaid for what I am expected to know, responsibilities ect... a feeling many if not all RNs can relate to, especially in the south! Hahah
But seriously I do want to move back to CA and am a little nervous about the high cost of living, which I believe would be offset if I made enough. But as I have no real experience with negotiating salaries and have seen some pay ranges posted for a few jobs but am not sure as to what my position would be in negotiating for a higher wage as this is my first time looking for a job as an RN with some experience so any insight, help or advice would be greatly appreciated!