head nurse interview - page 6

I wanted to see what you all thought of this. I have had three interviews already for this position. I have two more interviews on Tuesday with another 30 people. Then I have another one with the... Read More

  1. by   llg
    Congratulations on the job offer! I think that Gardengal raised some excellent points and gave some good advice.

    In the end, it comes down to what your heart tells you. If the job is going to make you happy, then go for it. Their final offer may not match your ideal, but if the job will make you happy, then you should do it. If the job will not make you happy, then don't do it -- regardless of the pay.

    There is always an overlap between the highest level of staff nurse pay and the lower levels of managment. That is to be expected. However, it has gotten worse recently because of all the bonuses etc. that staff nurses have gotten recently that managers and educators have not gotten. My hospital is currently in that situation.

    Find out what the pay scale is for both positions (staff and manager) and see if it is reasonable. If it is reasonable overall, I would be willing to tolerate a little inequity if I really wanted the job. 2 years ago, I took a new job with my hospital that most people would consider a promotion. However, I offered to take it with no pay increase because I really wanted to do that particular job. I have no regrets.

    I hope it works out for you,
  2. by   renerian
    Thanks 3rd shift guy and llg! I negotiated a higher pay rate. I start the 2nd! I will work on the floor for 8 weeks to learn the ropes/equipment which is fine with me.

    I am taking a week off between jobs and may go see my brother in California for a few days.

  3. by   Gardengal
    Congratulations in your new position. I hope that you remain happy with your choice and change.
  4. by   renerian
    Thanks Garden, I do too.

  5. by   Tweety
    Woot!!!! Congrats and good luck!
  6. by   renerian
    THanks 3rd shift guy. I am going out today to buy scrubs. Of course I have about 6 colors from working in home health but I need a different shade lOL. They have a used scrub resale shop so I am going there first. I also am going to see if I can sell them some of my other ones since they are like new.

  7. by   renerian
    I need opinions. I was supposed to orient for this new job on the 2nd. Very excited. The unit nurse director called me twice last week. The first time she said I would need to orient for two months on days working the floor. I said okay to that. Now she calls me and tells me she needs me to work nights, 6 months to fill a staffing gap that recently occured. I asked if I would be salaried and if I would need to also work during the day as the unit manager. She told me yes I would need to work some during the day and cover the night shift full time for 6 months/salaried. I asked her if I work nights for 6 months am I not a staff nurse and should be hourly. She tells me no you are in the computer as a unit manager and so I would need to stay that way and work both the night shift but attend meetings and do scheduling and such during the day. I have never heard of this??????I personally feel not happy about this.

    What do you all think? Anyone ever hear of this? Feels like the shaft to me?

  8. by   Tweety
    Renerian, definately seems like you are being taken advantage of. You need to seriously reconsider this job. Sounds like you are going to be both a staff nurse and a manager. Probably one of those jobs where whenever there's a hole they can't fill you'll be getting a phone call anytime "renerian....you're working the floor today", while still being expected to do all the management things.

    To ask you to work nights as a staff nurse, to still orient to manager, to still attend meetings, which are obviously going to be during the day, etc. is very unreasonable.

    I do think a few days, or a week or so on the floor is an excellent idea though.
  9. by   santhony44
    I would not agree to this. I am currently working in a management position in industry; I worked here first as a staff nurse, although I'm an NP (long story). When I started in management, I went salaried, and my hours immediately increased dramatically. I don't have time to get everything done as it is, and I'm not expected to cover for the staff nurses, though I have voluntarily done it on a few occasions. I'm not saying that a head nurse should not occasionally work a shift or help out, but that's not your primary role there. It sounds as if they expect you to learn the management job, do the managment job, and work as a staff nurse. I don't think that's at all reasonable, and I don't think that's what you agreed to when you accepted the job. I just would not do it.
  10. by   renerian
    Thanks 3rdshiftguy and santhony. I was shocked. I am glad she could not see my face as it is was not pretty LOL. I called her back because I think it is unreasonable as well.

    Thanks again for taking the time to reply to me. I appreciate it.

  11. by   Audreyfay
    You don't need that job badly enough to be put through the wringer. I had a job like that once. I lasted 6 months, long enough to get the moving expenses and hiring bonus, and then I left for greener pastures. I was always in a losing position. Nightmares! If you aren't getting what you want, there's another pasture just around the corner. Good luck renerian!
  12. by   renerian
    Thanks Audreyfay..........is that you in the picture? What type of position did you have?

  13. by   Audreyfay
    It was an Assistant Nurse Manager position on afternoon shift on a Med/Surg unit. A very bad experience. So bad that I totally left Nursing Administration at that point...never to return to management. : ) I'm a diabetes educator now.