Associates degree nurse salary vs. bachelor's ??

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    Hello,

    Is it common that Associates degree RNs make the same as Bachelor's degree RNs in a hospital staff nurse position? I plan on moving to New York after I get my RN as an associate and eventually gain a Bachelor's at their NYU. Does anyone know specifically in New York what salary they hire starting associaites RN nurses at ???

    THANK YOU!!!
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    "Is it common that Associates degree RNs make the same as Bachelor's degree RNs in a hospital staff nurse position?"

    There usually isn't a huge difference in pay, at least in my experience. I think it's about 25 cents an hour at my facility. The differences I have found are that there are more opportunities available for those with the higher educational levels.

    Another non-monetary advantage that I have found is that the BSN courses that I had in physical assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology gave me more knowledge in providing direct patient care. I went in to the BSN program thinking it was mostly just management type courses, but I found it to be more than that.

    So, to answer the question: You won't see much difference in pay on a paycheck to paycheck basis. But, over the course of your career, your earning potential will likely be higher due to increased career opportunities.
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    Agree with the above post. In addition even a few dollars more in the paycheck makes a huge difference over time. It also over time significantly increases the value of retirement benefits. Particularly in 401k/403b plans when your contribution is based on a percentage of pay with an employer match.
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    Don't know about back east where you are but here in Wisconsin there is not difference at all at any of Wisconsin's larger hospitals and none I know of is any of the smaller ones at the bedside staff nurse level. At my particular hospital an associates degree perpared new grad is at a huge advantage when applying to the ICU nurse residency prorgam over a BSN prepared grad nurse.
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    There is no difference in pay where I work. However, they will only hire new grads with a BSN.
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    No difference in pay here. I have a MSN and this has no impact on my pay, but has opened the door for other opportunities which I'm exploring now.
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    there is no difference in pay where i work either... but then again, its Iowa, so we all get paid like crap anyways
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    No difference in pay for ASN, BSN or MSN, here in DC.

    I did notice in your post that you want to go to NY after graduation. Please think hard on this. If you look at posts from NY, you will see that many of the hospitals are on a hiring freeze. And the few new grads being hired are BSN's.
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    It's a $1.00 difference at my facility. Doesn't sound like much, but $2000/year isn't bad, if you work somewhere like this for many years.
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    [QUOTE=PMFB-RN;3968313]Don't know about back east where you are but here in Wisconsin there is not difference at all at any of Wisconsin's larger hospitals and none I know of is any of the smaller ones at the bedside staff nurse level. At my particular hospital an associates degree perpared new grad is at a huge advantage when applying to the ICU nurse residency prorgam over a BSN prepared grad nurse.[/QUOTE]

    Why? Just curious.


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