Quote from adr60763
Hello! This week I am suppose to be hearing back from two hospitals I applied to. I would like to know if when you got hired out of school if your workplace offered compensation for things like taking the NCLEX or getting your license? Also did they tell you things like starting pay, how many weekends you have to work, overtime policy...ect and if not whats the best way to get that information before offically accepting? If I get offers to both jobs I'd like to compare things like that before accepting which one I would like. Is that something I should just ask about when they call me letting me know that they want to hire me? Should I just ask what benefits they offer or ask in some way if they could send me a list of benefits/specifications to look over? Also since I applied to two hospitals I hate to say yes to one then the other one call me and offer a position as well but also I'd hate to not accept the first job then never get an offer from the second and end up with no job so how do I handle that? Would the best thing to do would be verbally accept both before the official offer letter comes in decline my second choice?
Sorry for the large amount of questions; I appreciate any input!!
I've actually never heard of getting compensated for taking the NCLEX or getting your license, probably because it's an expectation of any nursing job. However, there are some jobs that will compensate for higher degrees. For example, at one job I got a slightly higher pay rate because I have my BSN.
When I got my job offers, they always told me my starting wage, I never had to ask for that. Weekends were generally included as well. Overtime policy was usually not discussed until after I had started the job, but I don't see why you couldn't ask for that as well.
They usually don't ask that you accept right away. Any time I've received an offer, they've allowed me time to ask questions and they've also asked if I've needed time to think about the offer. Because I've always accepted right away, I don't know how long I would have been given. Ask how long you can wait before accepting an offer; if you get an offer from the other job before your time is up, you may be able to compare and contrast. On the other hand, like you said, the other offer may not come, so you will need to make a decision before your time is up. But, like I said, they usually should give you a couple of days to make up your mind.