ACNP/RNFA salary negotiations - page 2

I will be completing a general/minimally invasive fellowship in May and without being too specific, can anyone tell me what is an acceptable salary for someone with less than 2 years experience? The... Read More

  1. by   traumaRUs
    What about contacting your states APRN organization? They might have a better handle on salaries in your area. I would definitely have some figure in mind PRIOR to your discussion with your surgeon. Dont ask what would you like to pay me? You need to neggotiate.
  2. by   TX RN
    Without quoting numbers, I personally would negotiate a fair base salary with room for productivity bonus.
    You are obviously an asset with your training and ability to bill for both procedures and first assist cases.

    Track your cases, know your worth, negotiate a percentage of what you put on the table.

    Best of luck.
  3. by   toasterboy85
    I too am a FNP whom works in office, rounding on hospital patients and currently obtaining my RNFA. Sounds like you have an awesome job. Don't become greedy. Understand that you will build into the future. I did take a lower salary for my initial contract. However, the accounting company that we (MD and I) use have made a template for myself separate from the doctor. This will include any consultant work, follow up, office visits, and initially assisting fees (after obtaining my RNFA).
    I have a base salary, we are soon to have a meeting in which I will negotiate for a percentage of my overall percentage. It is such and advantage that I am able to see ALL charges and collections. I recommend you do the same. As time goes on, it will be easier to say (for example) "my collections for 2014 were 180K, my assets to the business are substantial. I think _______ is what I should make"
    Good luck!
  4. by   kguill975
    Since I'm still getting replies, I thought I'd share what the final negotiations came to. First, understand that I am gratefully for the opportunity given to me, but I work to live, I don't live to work.

    Here goes:
    $150K/yr + (as a part of profit sharing)
    All CEUs/licensure/credentialing fees/malpractice paid
    2 weeks vacation (see last caveat as to why vacation is only 2 weeks)

    *****Ready and willing to go out and assist on cases 24/7, including weekends******

    Needless to say, it's not even a consideration.
  5. by   SycamoreGuy
    Are you saying you did or didn't take the job? "It's not even a consideration" is a little ambiguous. I don't know how much NP experiance you have but 150k is pretty good if you are still a fairly new NP. I'm hoping you took it or found a better offer because this sounds like a pretty good deal to me.
  6. by   kguill975
    I didn't take it, but I'll continue with him until I find something that fits my lifestyle more. While the experience is good, I'm not interested in working an 80 hour work week to get it. I went to NP to do something I enjoy, which is work in surgery, but I draw the line at being expected to be called out at all hours of the day/night and weekends, not even for $250K. I'm not that person.
  7. by   SycamoreGuy
    I guess that's understandable. Good luck in your search.
  8. by   TX RN
    I did this type of job before.
    It's brutal.
    80 hour work weeks are the norm for sure.
    Best of luck in your search.
  9. by   2002Nurse
    Hey kguill975,

    I think you can be a Great resource for me to get information. I am an OR nurse, applying for ACNP then eventually do RNFA and be a surgical NP. My question is after the education , how can I find a job? IS it through the Surgeon or through hospital? I dont see any opening for ACNP ,RNFA.
  10. by   ACoates
    How is the RNFA/FNP thing going? I have a ton of questions! I'm not sure how to email members, but if there is a way I would love to pick your brain!
  11. by   laree22225
    Vascular Surgery WA state. I did go to the NIFA program to first assist to improve suture skills but it is not required in WA state for billing to be an RNFA as long as you are an ARNP. I make 115K which includes 10 'call' days a month where I am on 24/7 surgical call to assist. I average 1-2 surgeries that bring me in per month. I assist about 40 scheduled surgical cases per month. I perform fistulagrams, tunnel catheters, IVC filters etc in IR on a scheduled basis. I have a tueaday-friday work week with one day of clinic otherwise I am in the OR or IR suite. I round one weekend per month. Its a nice schedule for a surgical specialty. If I would be willing to do more time I would likely make more... but totally agree on the work life balance aspect
  12. by   OUxPhys
    So you can be an NP and an RNFA?
  13. by   Jerodcrnp33
    I am a ACNP have worked surgically for neuro and vascular. Track everything you do and ask your hospital for a record of the RVUs you generated this is s good way to have leverage when salary negotiations come up. I have my own clinic and also first assist I do not have a rnfa because that is not necessary for acute care nps. If pt has Medicare you will get decent reimbursement for your services. Nps tend to be detailed especially in clinic notes so bill high level 4/5 for new consults.. Also if you assist in surgery, endoscopic vein harvest, open vein harvest, pulse generator placement wound closure etc, your hospital will bill insurance and you may get paid extra for first assist. I can get up to 50 dollars for general first assist duties per case. we do 20-30 cases per month so it's nice extra money on top of salary.. hospital will pay it out quarterly.
    Last edit by Jerodcrnp33 on Apr 7, '16