Quote from Marissasmommy
A little Background Info:
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.
A couple of people working in rural areas who read my blog actually commented and emailed me to tell me that their salary was in the 40's range. However, one person who emailed me said that they got to keep their current nursing salary with a bit of a raise, and no complains that they took a "salary demotion."
Also, when I implemented systems in some rural areas, I know that hospitals hired nurses from the floor and they got to keep their salary also with a bit of a raise. So if they haven't given you an offer yet, and the IT director is telling you that it might be higher, why don't you wait for the offer to come, and if it's lower than what you expect, why not negotiate when that happens?
Also, your fear is that HR will have something different to say. In your hospital, does HR determine the final salary of a person? In most hospitals that I have worked at, a specific department has a budget, and out of that budget, the department determines the salary. When I have helped with job interviews, I know IT/Informatics departments tell me, we can only offer this much as a salary as that's what the budget allows. They send that information to HR and in those hospitals HR is not setting the salary. So are you fully sure that it is the HR department that will set your salary?
Finally, this job will open doors to bigger salaries in the future. The biggest mistake will be not taking it. Just my biased opinion, of course!