Hi. I am very interested in public health nursing. I am an experienced RN with a PHN certificate, but my professional experience is acute care/hospital nursing. If I go into Public Health, it will be a massive pay cut for me (close to 50% of my current hourly wage). I notice the PHN 1 (entry level) has a scale/range posted for the wage at this level. My question is: Do they automatically start you at the bottom of the pay scale for any entry level position? Or would they possibly negotiate the pay range based on experience? The reason I ask is that the pay wage is so low, I am not sure if I can afford to start at the very lowest level. I am the sole breadwinner for a family of four, and we live in an expensive area. Thanks for any insights. I would love to enter the field, and am willing to increase my hours & take a BIG paycut, but I do have a family to support on this.