I got tricked!

by wishinguponastarLPN wishinguponastarLPN Member Nurse

Specializes in Rehab, LTC.

So a friend of mine started at a facility at the same time. We both were originally hired in PRN, then on our second day of orientation were both offered Full Time positions. I was hired 7a-7p on one unit and she was hired for 7p-7a on a completely different unit.

Originally we were being paid PRN pay because thats what we were hired in as. The ADON is the one that offered us both the full time positions, then quit about 2 weeks later. HR recently approached me and asked if the ADON mentioned anything to me about a difference in pay when she offered me the Full Time position. I told the No (which she did not). HR said well we pay Full Time less so we will have to drop your pay to Full Time pay. So I said ok and signed the paper. Also, I worked in this Full Time position about 3-4 weeks before HR approached me.

My friend on the other hand told the Unit Manager, our DON and the HR person that she would not sign and that they will keep her rate of pay or else she will go back to PRN, so they kept her full time and kept her pay rate the same. UGH!

I feel like I got screwed! Its not that I don't ever stand up for myself, but I also don't like to make un-necessary waves, especially at my job! Should I have refused for my pay to change? I just can't help wonder if this won't put some type of "target" on her back and they will try to get rid of her!? This happens sometimes when you do something to tick of administration....any thoughts!?

Edited by madwife2002

CrunchRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Clinical Research, Outpt Women's Health. Has 25 years experience. 4,431 Posts

Maybe she declined benefits. The pay difference is usually based on the cost of benefits that full time people get.


classicdame, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator. 2 Articles; 7,255 Posts

agreed. She probably gave up something else - like the confidence of her employer

Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Psych ICU, addictions. 4 Articles; 7,907 Posts

Maybe she declined benefits. The pay difference is usually based on the cost of benefits that full time people get.

Also keep in mind that she works nights whereas you do not, and that probably gave her some leverage in negotiating.

kiszi, RN

Has 9 years experience. 1 Article; 604 Posts

This demonstrates one reason why you should never share salary information with anyone at work, ever. You accepted the drop in pay willingly enough until you knew what your friend was making. MYOB.


ckh23, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER/ICU/STICU. Has 6 years experience. 1,446 Posts

Your friend might not be telling you the whole truth.


blondy2061h, MSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology. Has 15 years experience. 1 Article; 4,094 Posts

They could be pursuing disciplinary action against her and just not telling her until they go through the appropriate channels.



Specializes in OB/GYN/Neonatal/Office/Geriatric. Has 25+ years experience. 312 Posts

I think your friend probably has a target on her at this point. I would feel frustrated, too, but I don't see Administration just shrugging it off if the pay is significant. There is something to this that she probably isn't telling you, IMHO. If you are otherwise happy with what you are doing and what you are making, I would not let it eat at you.


Indy, LPN, LVN

Specializes in ICU, telemetry, LTAC. Has 5 years experience. 1,444 Posts

Just because she may seem slick enough to get paid more, doesn't mean you are being screwed. You are being honest. They realized they messed up the paperwork and were paying you too much. At least they didn't ask for it back! I know a RT who had legal problems a few years ago for such a thing. Your friend will have some price to pay, whether it is benefits, legal issues, scheduling issues, or god knows what. And maybe it worked out with night shift differential, although that seems unlikely unless it is a large differential. Word will somehow get around. And when it does, it will be "well she can work some weekends because she's getting paid like a PRN" and holidays will also have some drama. There will be resentment.

You, on the other hand, have skipped all this crap and are working. So be happy.



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Yes you got tricked. You shouldn't have signed this without thinking about what you were really doing. HR looks out for the interest of the employer, not you, no matter how they try to spin it. Don't be too eager to please your employer especially when they can't do anything about it unless you voluntarily sign a paper. You had the ball in your court and you just gave it up.

I have a friend who did the same as your friend. He is getting paid PRN pay as a full time employee and has been for years now. Granted I'm not sure what, if any, benefits he has. Still, I wouldn't hesitate for a second to do something like this if the opportunity presented itself. Trust me, your employer will drop you like a hot potato or take advantage of you whenever it fits their interests. Who do you want to live your life for? Yourself or a company?

Oh, and I bet your friend isn't going anywhere..except the bank laughing all the way.