negotiating for a decent wage

  1. Can anyone give me some pointers on how to negotiate with nurse recruiters for a higher wage?

    I knew I wasn't going to be a pro at it my first try but I did not expect to basically be hung up on.
    Long story shorter when he nurse recruiter called to offer me the position I told her I was interested in it BUT the amount offered I felt was a little low and I felt that accepting that amount would be a professional blow. Before any more conversation could ensue she said "okay I'll tell her" (meaning the nurse manager of the offering position), and that was the end.
    I must admit she called and woke me up after only about 2 hours of sleep (I work nights) so I may not have spoken as eloquently as if I had been fully awake, but apparantly I screwed up big time with my attempt. I don't want to keep losing all job offers but I also do not want to settle for a $5.00 an hour decrease in pay just to get a job. We are moving so I do need to find a new job!

    Any advise????????

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    Joined: Dec '02; Posts: 26; Likes: 7
    pediatric staff nurse; from US
    Specialty: 16 year(s) of experience


  3. by   James Huffman
    In the first place, I would do something to ensure that you are not speaking to a recruiter when you've just awakened. It's not going to put your best foot forward. Perhaps turn off the phone ringer, and have an answering machine take messages, and return the calls when you're at your best. (Basic rule of thumb is that you are more in control if you are the one making the call).

    But several questions come to mind:

    1. Where are you moving? The going salary for your specialty may be less in the area where you're going, which might explain the $5 "decrease" you mentioned.

    2. How many places have you applied to?

    3. How much demand is there for your specialty? And have you considered moving to a new specialty that might pay better?

    There's no law guaranteeing that salaries will be uniform from one location to another. If you need a job, you may have to consider this a cost of moving.

    Jim Huffman, RN