Quote from try2banurse
i'm just wondering if they do make an offer...what's an acceptable rate of pay, and how much is average for negotiation? i don't want to start negotiating and ask for too much (for a hospital setting).
most likely, you won't have a choice. they will make an offer of employment and give you the pay rate they are willing to start you at. it will be based on your experience. you can ask for more, but if they say no and give you reasons why they won't go any higher, i wouldn't pursue it or they will withdraw the offer of employment.
when i was working in management, they actually sent people out, call them corporate spies if you want, to get information on work hours, job duties, benefits and pay. they all did this. it is one way the facilities stay competitive with each other so the pay rates are pretty much the same at all the facilities in the area where you live. if they were not, everyone would quit and work at the one that pays the best.
then, again, the ones that pay the highest aren't necessarily the best places to work. sometimes they have to pay the highest in order to keep staff working there because they might be such bad places to work!
take it from me, what i learned in over 30 years of nursing jobs was that the best ones were where the people i worked with were the nicest to get along with and the pay was secondary. teamwork and good behavior trumps high wages any day. that is partly why a good interviewer is going to ask questions designed to detect someone who is
- a lone wolf
- corner cutter
- has disdain for authority
- not a team player
- a gossiper
because in the long run this person ends up causing trouble of one kind or another as an employee. the fact is that when we work for a place our time and labor belongs to them. when they say "jump!" we are pretty much obligated to say, "how high?" and do it. too many do not get that.