I have recently moved to the DC area and I'm looking for a position in a Mother/Baby Unit. I was recently offered $35/hour. I was making that in Florida and was always told that "up north" they paid much better, but clearly this has not been so.
I am a new Women's Health Nurse practitioner (Masters)
I have 8 years of nursing experience (7 of which in Maternity)
Certified in Low Risk Neonatal Nursing
Fluent Spanish speaker
It seems the only focus was my years of experience and nothing else. When I brought this up with HR I hit a brick wall. She spoke to higher ups and made my case. (I wanted $37/hr), but they did not budge and only offered my a sign on bonus of $5,000 for a one year commitment OR suggested I give up PTO and Extended Leave benefits so my hourly could come up to $39/hr. I don't want to make a year commitment because frankly I am weary of a hospital that goes by years of experience only- never mind higher education, certifications or ICU experience. And there is no other way of increasing pay other than by annual evaluations (0.5-2%)- no ladders, no way of getting more for getting another certification, for participating in committees, etc.
I'm a little bitter and definitely let down. The cost of living is crazy up here!
Is this typical? Am I being naive?
Please share your experiences so I may get a more realistic view of what to expect!