How much should I ask for?

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by lizet4455RN (New) New Nurse

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I currently am a peritoneal and home hemodialysis nurse. I started out making $30 an hour. My husband got me an interview at his job because the pay was better. They offered me 38.50. I agreed and told my current company I got offered a good amount somewhere else and could not let the offer go. I mean I haven't been a nurse for 2 years yet the offer me 38.50 from 30??? I can't pass that up. Surprisingly my company matched it so I could stay. I decided to stay. Now my current company is asking if I am willing to take on a manager position. I would be doing what I do now plus manager duties. The thing is, managers make what I make. 

My problem is that I want to ask for a raise because, yes even though managers make what I make, I make that being a staff nurse. And if I were to take on more duties then I would need more pay. I just don't know what's reasonable. Should I ask for the standard raise from staff nurse to manager, or considering I already make manager money, just ask for a little. I also don't want to sell myself short. 

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 29 years experience. 3,291 Posts

Ask. The worst that can happen is that they say no

Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 15years medical. Has 43 years experience. 1 Article; 9,457 Posts

24 minutes ago, lizet4455RN said:

Now my current company is asking if I am willing to take on a manager position. I would be doing what I do now plus manager duties. The thing is, managers make what I make. 

My problem is that I want to ask for a raise because, yes even though managers make what I make, I make that being a staff nurse.

I was an RN for 3 years when I was offered a position as a nursing supervisor for a HH agency and the staff nurses often made more than me!

By all means, follow Hoosier's advice, but I also recommend that you seriously consider the managerial position. You'll learn and be exposed to things that will help you appreciate both sides of the fence.

I did administration for nearly three years, and I learned that I did not want to be an administrator for my entire career!

 

Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 15years medical. Has 43 years experience. 1 Article; 9,457 Posts

"How much should I ask for?"

Oh- forgot. Ask for... lessee.. $38.50 x (0.5 divided by 2)= $48.12...

$44.00 would be a fair compromise.

Jedrnurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in school nurse. Has 30 years experience. 2,610 Posts

"Doing what I do now plus management duties" seems to me to be a red flag.

A raise (if you get one) won't mean much when you get clobbered with  unpaid overtime.

Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 15years medical. Has 43 years experience. 1 Article; 9,457 Posts

8 minutes ago, Jedrnurse said:

"Doing what I do now plus management duties" seems to me to be a red flag.

A raise (if you get one) won't mean much when you get clobbered with  unpaid overtime.

Ewwwwwwww! "unpaid overtime"!

Yes!

The last supervisory position I worked, when hired, said the job was 35 hrs/week.

Bullhockey!

It was not unusual for me to work 50 hrs/week.

Good point, Jedrnurse!

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 29 years experience. 3,291 Posts

2 hours ago, Davey Do said:

Ewwwwwwww! "unpaid overtime"!

Yes!

The last supervisory position I worked, when hired, said the job was 35 hrs/week.

Bullhockey!

It was not unusual for me to work 50 hrs/week.

Good point, Jedrnurse!

Mine was closer to 70 a week in LTC 

Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 15years medical. Has 43 years experience. 1 Article; 9,457 Posts

5 minutes ago, Hoosier_RN said:

Mine was closer to 70 a week in LTC 

Are we playing one upmanship here, Hoosier?

Well, alright then: In 1979, I once worked 112 hours in a row!

Albeit, I was allowed to sleep at times, but I never left the facility!

 

lizet4455RN

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3 hours ago, Jedrnurse said:

"Doing what I do now plus management duties" seems to me to be a red flag.

A raise (if you get one) won't mean much when you get clobbered with  unpaid overtime.

I did think of that. The managers here usually do that and work from 8 to 430. Hopefully it will be the same. I wonder if I can ask for hourly and not salary. Is that an option?

Jedrnurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in school nurse. Has 30 years experience. 2,610 Posts

On 12/28/2020 at 3:08 PM, Davey Do said:

Are we playing one upmanship here, Hoosier?

Well, alright then: In 1979, I once worked 112 hours in a row!

Albeit, I was allowed to sleep at times, but I never left the facility!

Were you going through your "Masochist-Chic" period?

Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 15years medical. Has 43 years experience. 1 Article; 9,457 Posts

3 minutes ago, Jedrnurse said:

Were you going through your "Masochist-Chic" period?

The administrator accused me of having a messiah complex.

Heck, I was 22 years old and still had my girlish figure. 

What did I know?

Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 15years medical. Has 43 years experience. 1 Article; 9,457 Posts

22 minutes ago, lizet4455RN said:

 I wonder if I can ask for hourly and not salary. Is that an option?

When I worked HH as a nursing sup, I also did visits and shifts and would be paid for them above my salaried position. But as a nursing sup for a community mental health clinic, there was no way to get extra pay.

Salaried positions are usually for the benefit of the facility, lizet. You know- more juice from the orange by squeezing it more and not having to pay for another orange.