This is one area that I, and I think many other nurses, are inexperienced at. It seems typically we're told what the salary is and we just take it. The past couple positions I've interviewed for, however, have entailed a little more negotiating and I think I screwed them up.
For instance: the childbirth supervisor position. I didn't know the salary range but HR, on the phone, asked my salary requirements. I stated I'd have to know more about the position but I gave a range starting with one dollar above my current salary (22.00/hour) to 32.00/hour. The rep commented that was a large range.
Okay, so now I applied for the perinatal educator position. In talking with who would be my boss's boss, he gave a range that he wasn't sure on, but thought it was something like $32.00/hour.
This tells me two things.
1. I'm underpaid, as I suspected. I make $21.80/hour.
2. I totally undershot for the supervisor position. Which could have worked against me.
So, HR calls me for the educator position and we set up an interview. He remarks that he has notes from my interview with HR for the supervisor position. He doesn't ask my salary requirements this time. I'm afraid now they will have me pinned to my initial salary requirements that I stated before when I was ignorant of the actual range. I called him back, left a message, and requested the position's salary range as I got a figure from the director but he wanted me to confirm.
How do I prevent them from offering me too little based upon my stupid remark before?