Hey there ya'll! I need some advice. I am a relatively new nurse, graduated May 2005. I have been working on my unit since I graduated and got out of orientation. My current schedule includes days, nights and weekends. (weekends gets "premium pay" which is significantly more than during the week) Well yesterday I was approached by my day Unit Coordinator, and was told that the managers and unit coordinators had discussed and wanted to offer me the position of night unit coordinator
(the current one has taken an immediate leave for fam. reasons and they aren't sure she'll even come back.) I was shocked and honored that I was seriously being considered, being so new to the field. They said the felt that not only was it a good career and growing step for me, but that I would advance the unit and help us improve. Here is the problem: I am comfortable at my current salary, (especially since my husband is out of work since he's in school), taking this position would cut my overall take home pay d/t not working weekends any more. I don't think that the manager will give me more than like $1 raise, which is average for this position. To compensate I would need like $2 to $2.50, which I don't see happening. So my question is.... do I take this offer which would mean growth, priviliges, and oppertunities along with authority BUT most of all an uncomfortable pay cut???
Sep 23, '06
You mention Power in your title. You also mention growth, privileges, opportunity, authority. What you fail to mention is increased responsibility.
In my 40 year old book; more responsibility=more pay.
Also, I would be hesitant to take a position of coordinator on nights with only 16 months experience. There is so much you haven't seen or experienced. You will be the one who needs to have the answers, and make the responsible decisions.
Also, how many experienced nurses will NOT be offered this position? That could create some serious problems for you.
In my hospital in order to be a patient care coordinator (which sounds like a similar position) you need a minimum of 4 years acute care experience. For a new position, Clinical Resource Specialist (help out newer nurses prn - carry a phone/beeper and will be paged to help as a resource) 3 years experience.
I believe these minimums are wise. You just can't have enough experience in such a short period of time - to be a good manager. And if your interested in power and authority, you willl be quickly disillusioned.
I hope I don't sound too harsh, I'm just trying to give you an honest, thought out response.
Last edit by CarVsTree on Sep 23, '06