A little Background Info:
On Monday I interviewed for a position as a Clinical Information Specialist. This is a new position at my hospital and will be part of the IT department. I work in a rural 25 bed critical access hospital, so our IT dept currently consists of 2 people. We use HMS for documentation and the family practice office uses Practice Partner. I would be responsible for training the doctors and nurses both on using these programs, building new forms, and establishing meaninful use documentation. These are some of the big things, I'm sure there will be many other responsibilities also.
My training will all be on the job, but I am very comfortable with using computers and am often asked by co-workers for help when they have trouble. I have worked the floor for 5 1/2 years as an RN which includes ER and OB experience. I was a super user for HMS when we went live with order entry. We have only been doing computerized documentation for about a year now and I've worked full time + during that year so have experience with using the system.
Here's where I need advice:
I was assured by IT that, "I don't know what you make now, but I'm sure it'll be more." However the HR dept. may have something different to say about that and will unfortunately probably be the person that gets the final say. I currently work night shift which means I get a $5 diff and my wages are 20.25/hr. This new position would be a 9-5 job, which means I will have to pay for more daycare for my 2 children (ages 2 and 3). I'm not currently in a position to take a $5 loss of pay.
I've looked at the HIMSS website for the average pay, but am wondering if there's a more accurate way to find out what a reasonable pay for this actual position should be. I've tried some of the online resources, but don't think there is enough data in my area to find out. Would it be appropriate to contact the HR dept at surrounding hospitals to find out their starting wages for the position? I'm not sure if our HR dept. may have done this already either. When I talk to HR I'd like to have some info to back up why I feel I should recieve at least the 25.25/hr I make right now. A raise would be great, but the benefits of working a 9-5 position as opposed to a 4p-4a night shift are a big incentive, since it means being home with my family every night.