BSN vs. RN Salary

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    Hi! I got a lot of information about RN salaries from another thread. What it seems to be, is that around the Bham area, starting salaries are at about $18/hr. My question is, to any of you that know, or any of you that are Bachelors' grads, what is the difference in the pay? I have heard that Associates & Bachelors' pay are about the same. Do any of you know if this is true? (It seems that if "they" want BSN grads so bad that they would pay more per hour for a BSN than an Associates). Thanks for any info you have.
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    Where I work there is no difference in pay for an ADN and BSN prepared nurse. Both hold the same title RN. I chose to get my BSN because I knew that I would not stop my education once I received my license. The only place that I know of that pays more for a BSN prepared nurse is the V.A.
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    Pay is usually about the same, you take the same RN licensing exam. You have just a faster time of progressing on to management, if you want that.
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    An RN with only the "ADN" (which, by the way, is not considered a college degree) would make as much as someone with a BSN only if they hold the same position. However, most BSN's are hired at higher levels than the non-degreed RN's to begin with. With the ADN - you will almost never advance to the same level as someone with a BSN, or better, a Master's, can achieve.
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    Quote from sosiouxme
    An RN with only the "ADN" (which, by the way, is not considered a college degree) would make as much as someone with a BSN only if they hold the same position. However, most BSN's are hired at higher levels than the non-degreed RN's to begin with. With the ADN - you will almost never advance to the same level as someone with a BSN, or better, a Master's, can achieve.
    I disagree. Though I do belive that with a master's degree you can do more things and make more money. But you can also go from your ADN to a bridge program either getting a BSN or master's and you can be working at a hospital as a RN and some hospital will even pay for that bridge. There is such a shortage for nurses right now that there is lots of opportunities out there. I have also been told that ALL new nurses get paid the same regardless ADN or BSN.
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    Quote from sosiouxme
    An RN with only the "ADN" (which, by the way, is not considered a college degree)

    Ummm, where did you get that idea from?
    Jessy_RN, Sweet charm, PurpleLVN, and 5 others like this.
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    Quote from sosiouxme
    An RN with only the "ADN" (which, by the way, is not considered a college degree) would make as much as someone with a BSN only if they hold the same position. However, most BSN's are hired at higher levels than the non-degreed RN's to begin with. With the ADN - you will almost never advance to the same level as someone with a BSN, or better, a Master's, can achieve.
    An "Associate's Degree of Nursing" is a college degree. I gon't know of any organization that will hire a BSN into a "higher position" to "begin with".....sorry to disappoint, but every nurse will staet out as a Staff RN.
    PurpleLVN, Dazglue, gingerpeachee, and 4 others like this.
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    No where I have been has paid more than .50 (cents) on the hour more for a BS.
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    I totally agree here. I have held higher positions with an ADN (College Degree!!!) than a lot of my friends who have BSN
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    Ummm, open up your FUNDAMENTALS BOOK... This was actually on our test..... A person who graduates with an "Associate's Degree" in Registered Nursing IS a REGISTERED NURSE. Guess what? A person who graduates with a "Bachelor's Degree" in Registered Nursing IS a REGISTERED NURSE. SO THEY ARE BOTH RN's. It's simply that the type of DEGREE is different in that if you want to pursue other areas: master's degree, teaching, PA, whatever, you must have your Bachelor's Degree to acquire that. There is typically no difference in pay, AND an Associate's Degree R.N. can be a charge nurse just like someone that holds a Bachelor's Degree. And as far as BSN's getting hired over ADN's, rumor. You both obtained the same skills and had to take the same boards...ugh that just made me mad.... this forum is to help one another, not bring others down. If an Associate's Degree is not "a real degree" why does every college all over the world SAY IT IS...okay, i'm off my soap box..
    RN1488, PurpleLVN, tae26, and 9 others like this.


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