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  1. CocoaLoverFNP

    Contract negotiation

    I'm curious too... Maybe the experienced NPs could answer? Jules? Boston? Sailor? Please :)
  2. CocoaLoverFNP

    New job and I am happy = WIN!

    Thank you, swim student! Congratulations on your first NP job!!! I'm glad i'm able to help other NPs out there, especially the new NPs. There's really no great place to consult about jobs and salaries except the AN community. Thank you, everyone! Thanks to all of the experienced NPs who gave me all the advice i needed when i was the one in need ;-)
  3. CocoaLoverFNP

    New job and I am happy = WIN!

    Yes! Totally did ;-)
  4. CocoaLoverFNP

    New job and I am happy = WIN!

    Thank you WK! Just saw ur message yesterday and thought i would write an update for u and all the new grads out there ;-)
  5. CocoaLoverFNP

    New job and I am happy = WIN!

    Yes, it took me a while to finally find another job since most people discouraged me from changing jobs after merely 2 months at the first job. But you know what, life is short, i am getting older, i have no time to tolerate an miserable job. ;-)
  6. CocoaLoverFNP

    New job and I am happy = WIN!

    Thank you very much, everyone! ;-) such a great feeling... I could finally workout every morning, eat right, be happy, and feel healthy. It is a plus when you could sleep every night. Oh by the way, I could finally have time to check AN and post. I love the new job!
  7. CocoaLoverFNP

    New job and I am happy = WIN!

    For anyone who remembers my previous post regarding negotiating my salary, here's an update: I settled for a low salary (lower than my RN rate) to get that NP experience and with the hope that i will get a huge pay increase after my 90-day probation. The doctor that hired me promised me a pay increase after she's seen me seeing more than 15 patients a day. She justified my low salary by saying i'm a new grad. After merely 6 weeks, i was up to speed. I have seen 15 to 20 patients a day. Although I had to study at home to make sure i provide the best care to my patients, I didn't mind. Long story short, I re-negotiated with the doctor. She could only increase it to 5k. Well, the total amount is still lower than my RN pay. On top of everything else, i was miserable. I didn't have 30-minute lunch breaks daily that i so deserve. I also didn't have remote access to our EHR which forced me stay in the office until 9pm. However, i am still prohibited to have keys to the office. Therefore, I am not able to finish my charting. I felt so unsafe, felt like there will be a lawsuit coming and i won't be able to defend myself because my charting is incomplete and locked by the doctor. There are also other billing issues in her practice that I didn't agree with. Also, I was forced to sign medical clearances for psych issues. I was very unhappy. Even though i knew that leaving the practice would ruin my resume, reputation, and burn bridges, i looked for another job. Life is too short to be miserable. I can't stay just because i have to maintain the beauty of my resume. In summary: I found a new job. It's been 3 weeks and I am very happy. Great pay, great incentive bonuses, $5k CME, more vacation time, more education PTO. Plus, i get my own desk, 2 laptops, 2 exam rooms, and my exclusive MA. FYI: I didn't even have to negotiate. The CMO accepted the pay rate I wanted. Life is good!!! I hope this becomes a lesson to any NP who is new to the business. Don't settle for anything less than what you deserve. Don't believe anyone who would tell you that you deserve a lower pay because you're a new grad. You are an advanced practice nurse with an advanced education. You are crucial to any practice and deserve a great pay. Thank you for reading ;-)
  8. CocoaLoverFNP

    Negotiating my salary is exhausting!

    Great job, WK! It feels great when you have a job offer waiting after graduation. But remember that things could change... Especially if there is no contract. However, sounds like your future employer is serious about hiring you that you already talked about salary compensation. I love the business side of being an NP too ;-)
  9. CocoaLoverFNP

    Negotiating my salary is exhausting!

    Very empowering! Thank you.
  10. CocoaLoverFNP

    Clubbing is the New Black

    I thought she was referring to my favorite TV series on netflix.
  11. CocoaLoverFNP

    Negotiating my salary is exhausting!

    Thank you, Conqueror! Honestly, i feel a little ashamed that i negotiated for my salary, lol. My friend, who is also a new grad NP, applied for the same job (my boss needs 4 NPs). She embraced a $75k offer with open arms because she said she is slow and a new grad. I tried to educate her... But i could only tell her so much. She has to do what makes her happy. I really hope they value me more now (instead of thinking i'm a difficult employee) because of my negotiations. I feel like i really have to prove myself because of the new offer... Which is a good thing, i think. Thanks again for your information!
  12. CocoaLoverFNP

    Negotiating my salary is exhausting!

    Thank you, sailornurse! Good idea about following the expert on EHR. I am following the doctor right now. The 2 NPs are really fast, like they have used this EHR forever. I will definitely request to have a day with them. Actually, i should really follow one of them for a few days!They keep telling me tricks here and there but i never remember them... I should write them all for now. I get so much information everyday that i should bring a binder and write them all out! And yes, i'm always networking for possible jobs. I will keep everyone posted about my new grad NP journey. I really love our NP forum, not only because I can help fellow new grad NPs, but i could ask experienced NPs advice for free and without hesitation. Thank you very much, everyone!.
  13. CocoaLoverFNP

    Negotiating my salary is exhausting!

    Thanks, Jules! I really love your comments. I will remember these because you are absolutely correct ;-) That means i can't really clean the room after seeing the patient because i'd like to bring in more income by spending my limited time seeing/dx/tx patients. I'm actually very excited to reach my new goal (15 pts)! New beginnings. Have a great day ;-)
  14. CocoaLoverFNP

    Negotiating my salary is exhausting!

    SO... I made a deal with an option to re-negiotiate in 90 days, if i am up to speed (seeing 15-20 patients). The biggest hurdle for me is mastering the extensive/complicated EHR and knowing where to send the pt for labs/imaging, etc, d/t insurance issues. MAs seem to be overworked as well. Even though they did not accept my counter of $88k, I had to negotiate on many other things (i believe this is confidential information, i'm sorry). I did not get the 88k but i feel alot better with the new contract/offer. At least i know i could at least maintain my sanity with the modified hours, knowing that i am getting my experience, and while enjoying "other benefits". I will be working my butt off in the next 90 days though. I was honest to them and said that my goal is to reach $99k (current RN rate with 9 yrs experience) and be full time someday. I'd like to work for the clinic for a long time, but someday, i will have to move on, if i do not receive the compensation i deserve. But of course, i also need to justify any salary increase. Thanks everyone for all the advice! I feel so much better, at least for now and in the next 3 months ;-) I will keep everyone posted!
  15. CocoaLoverFNP

    Negotiating my salary is exhausting!

    Thank you, swimstudent! I wrote all of these. These are good to know and make sure are covered. I couldn't sleep all night due to thinking much about this, lol. Yes, i will let all of you know what happens ;-) Btw, i called her yesterday but she wants me to talk to the "person that handles it". Well i will, but i won't lift any finger today until i get a signed contract first... I'm supposed to follow her all day again. Wish me luck!
  16. CocoaLoverFNP

    Negotiating my salary is exhausting!

    Thank you, Jules! You have been very helpful. Reading your side of things gave me the mental courage to walk away tomorrow, if I am not happy with her final offer. I should really stop worrying about getting that first year experience. I will find the right job, or if not, the right offer. I will keep the wt loss clinic job for sure. I will probably have to find another job though but i will stop obsessing about getting a full time job at a family practice, at least for now. I wish i was more decisive and direct like you. According to the book i am reading, men usually get a higher negotiated salary than women because they are not afraid to make their worth known to the company, just like you said. I know my worth but hearing from doctors (over and over again) that new grad NPs must have (and expected to have) a lower pay than RNs (despite the increased responsibilities/liabilities) is really affecting me. It sort of lowered my confidence. However, i feel renewed tonight and ready to face the world again tomorrow ;-) Thanks again!