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Starting pay at VA clinic HELP

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by Wrstbrn Wrstbrn (New Member) New Member Nurse

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overHi all.  Im new here.  I have a tenative offer for a VA clinic. Im super excited.  I currently make 33/hr as a medsurg floor nurse.  I have a Masters degree in nursing education with 11 yrs experience. ive been a clinic nurse, homehealth/hospice nurse worked long term care and a total of just over 5 yrs as a medsurg nurse.  In my previous medsurg position i was a partime charge nurse and precepted new nurses. I understand that pay grades are not as straightforward as it appears on theapplication.  Based on the education and years experience i should be a level 3.  But, alas i guess theres more too it.  I was told i will have to write an essay addressing dimensiins of nursing practice.  I am suoer worried about getting at least the same or more pay as i do currently.  I dont have a lot of mgmt experience and have not really had opportunity to effect organizational type changes

  Any advice/examples of how i can write/word this essay for the best possible grade/pay step?   And do thry ask for additional documentation/proof ofexperiences you cite? And do they coorelate experiences with jobs you listed on your app?  Ive had some per diem and short term jobs that i didnt put on my application but some of them included good leadership examples i could use

 and, is there a minimal level/grade i can be sure of getting based only on my degree and years of experience, no matter how good/bad my essay write up is?

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canchaser has 20 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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No answer? I’m negotiating my pay too, got an offer for $35/hr. LpN since 93, 

rn since 2005 and msn in 2013 

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They offered 33.46

 

I really dont have lit of experience doing projects, etc.  Mostly staff nursing, with some charge nursing and assist mgmt role in a clinic.  I figured i wouldnt met for level 3.  But its about 30 cents more than i currently make working 36 hrs a week.  So im not losing anything at all and i will have potential to earn more over the years.  Plus, i can get off the medsurg floor, and be rid of inexperienced snotty mgrs who have no real world experience and very little floor experience. So I'm excited.  

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