I will be a new RN. I have been an LPN for 8 years with 3 at the current hospital. I plan on staying with the same company and probably the unit type. I know that new employees tend to be paid better than loyal ones. My understanding is the nurse manager doesn't have anything to do or has very little with what we are paid. HR has also said in the past they have a "pay schedule" they can't deviate from for all positions. Any tips on knowing what a "fair" hourly rate is? Anyone successfully negotiated their hourly rate?