One approach is that you can be confident with the current times and state of the industry, meaning there is a huge demand (more than there already is) and ask for what you want; I’d research cost of living where you are or will be and go from there. The other side is that typically the 1st year of practice you’ll make hardly anything, depending where you are, but the 2nd year most nurses experience a huge increase in pay (where I was a 1st year new grad made about $24/hr, and a 2nd year around 44/46 per hour (med surg)); we received roughly a 42% increase in rate after the second year. As it is a very difficult industry, the pay is exponential based on experience. Hope this helps
I was once told by a recruiter a good way to answer this is by saying “I’m looking to receive a market competitive rate”, that way you do not pigeon hole yourself into too low of salary or count yourself out by asking for too high of a salary, I firmly believe this is the nurses time to negotiate, in the most non arrogant way, we are needed right now, we can set our standards and worth.
I’d say that I was hoping for at least $—/ but of course salary is negotiable. That way you’re not demanding but hoping for.. or you could say that according to your research, the starting pay is $- but you’d like to hear what they can offer you
Do your homework and find what nursing jobs pay at the hospital then answer. Then ask about advancement with training and experience.