How to Get a Raise as a Nurse

Nov 2

It’s no secret that nurses are some of the hardest working people in the healthcare field.

In addition to working long hours that often include late nights, intense and traumatic situations, and hours of paperwork, nurses have dedicated their lives to providing care to individuals from every culture and background.

Despite this hard work, many nurses still aren’t paid enough for what they do.

If you’re one of those nurses, it may be time for a raise. While it can sometimes take finding a new position to increase your salary, there are a few practical steps you can take to not only get the raise you want, but also to have more confidence when asking for the pay you deserve.

Keep a Record of Your Work History

Your employer may already feel you’re a great nurse, but you’ll need concrete data and clear reasons you can point to in order to explain why your salary should increase. For example, are there times you worked overtime during a busy season? Did you cover a coworker’s shift for an extended period of time? How do your patients respond to you? Referencing the times you went above and beyond your job’s description is a great way you can show your employer that you’re vital to the facility’s success.

Having these specific examples will also give you confidence when speaking with your manager. It’s much easier to explain why you deserve a salary increase when your job progress is measurable and backed by data.

Set Up a Meeting with Your Manager

When you’re asking for a raise, you shouldn’t just pop in to your manager’s office for a chat. It’s likely he or she will be busy, so set a meeting in advance so you’ll have more time to talk. If your manager doesn’t make appointments, simply tell him or her that you’d like to speak when they have a minute.

Practice what you want to say before your meeting and make sure that you’ve prepared all the facts and materials you’ll need — this will allow you to speak more confidently when talking to your boss.

Don’t Be Disappointed if You Hear No

Unfortunately, sometimes a raise request is met with a negative response. This may be due to several reasons — maybe raises are only given during an annual review, or after a certain period of time with an organization. Another likely scenario is that you receive your requested raise, but it may be much less than you were expecting.

Although a refused request is incredibly disappointing, it’s still important to respond gracefully, since your manager will remember your response when it’s time for annual reviews.

If your request is denied, or doesn’t reflect an amount that you feel is fair, it may be time to start searching for a new position. The current nursing shortage may give you some leverage, but it also means that you have options when it comes to finding a new position. We have hundreds of great-paying jobs available and will help you get the pay you deserve!

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Molly Powers