New Grad Negotiations

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Now before everyone jumps down my throat let me explain.

I currently live somewhere where there actually IS a nursing shortage. It's October, and the hospitals are already starting recruitment efforts for those of us that graduate in May. Unexpectedly, I already have 2 different opportunities to apply for new grad positions, which I am going to assume means interviews in the next couple of months.

One of the hospitals I will be applying to serves a majority Hispanic population with very little Hispanic nurses and I am Fluent in Spanish and am working on taking a formal Medical Spanish course.

So given this situation, is there still no room for negotiating, even if I end up with multiple offers?

Jolie

Jolie, BSN

Specializes in Maternal - Child Health. Has 36 years experience. 6,375 Posts

There is absolutely nothing wrong with attempting to negotiate the conditions of one's future employment. It will either work, or it won't. But as long as you do so politely and professionally, the worst that will happen is an equally polite and professional answer of "no."

Good luck in your Job Search.

Atl-Murse

Atl-Murse

Has 1 years experience. 474 Posts

You would do better to ask the hospitals in question rather than faceless internet trolls with random and wrong answers.

traumaRUs

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 30 years experience. 164 Articles; 21,186 Posts

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Been there,done that, ASN, RN

Has 33 years experience. 6,895 Posts

Wait until you interview. Wait for your offers.

There is always room for negotiation. All they can do is say no.

AspiringNurseMW

AspiringNurseMW

1 Article; 942 Posts

You would do better to ask the hospitals in question rather than faceless internet trolls with random and wrong answers.

I was hoping to hear if this was at all possible because most of the posts when other new grads ask all say, no don't ask and just be grateful you have a job. What is wrong to coming to a forum filled with thousands of nurses who have already experienced this and ask for feedback and opinions. That is somewhat the whole point of this website no?

AspiringNurseMW

AspiringNurseMW

1 Article; 942 Posts

Wait until you interview. Wait for your offers.

There is always room for negotiation. All they can do is say no.

Thanks! I didn't know when was the best time to ask. When filling out an application, one of them actually had a spot for desired salary that was mandatory. I had no clue what to put in there so I just used a number that I have heard previous new grads say they get offered in the area.

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience. 9,051 Posts

Just a bit of insight about the whole 'negotiation' thing...

Organizations MUST adhere to Federal employment regulations. The most fearsome are those that surround the issue of Discrimination. Essentially, it is illegal to pay different salaries for the same job based solely on any type of personal characteristic of the candidates. So - paying different salaries because of one's ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, etc... are discriminatory practices. Smart organizations have safeguards to prevent problems in this area. They have strict compensation structures and rules to ensure that salary is consistent & equitable.

So, don't be discouraged if you are unable to obtain a salary that is more than other new grads. Don't take it personally, because it isn't.