I have several years of charge experience in outpatient dialysis. I recently started working for US Renal as a staff nurse. I was asked if I would be interested in a charge position. Of course I said. The catch, it only pays a dollar more an hour. How insulting! They want me to be responsible for 8 PCT's, 2 RN's and 30 patients for one dollar more an hour. Am I out of line here? Does anybody out there accept this kind of pay and insult? Being in charge is a hell of alot of responsibility!! Please tell me what you think and what you get paid for this very important and risky position. My last employer paid 10% of my base.
Oct 14, '06
I haven't done charge, but I fully agree with you; this is an insult. All I can suggest: tell them what you made in your last position (10% more than base sounds fair!), and hold firm; they'll come around
I doubt they have too many other applicants - especially after they tell them the pay rate - so they won't have a choice if they want a charge nurse, and a highly experienced one at that!
P.S. It worked for me. I just took a job in an inpatient/acute unit where I was offered less than I made in my last clinic position two years ago; I told them I couldn't work for that. It didn't take long for us to reach agreement.
Last edit by DeLana_RN on Oct 14, '06