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Does your facillity pay extra if you have higher education or certification? Examples would be BSN, MSN, ACLS,NRP, ANCC certification etc. Our contract is up soon and we would like to get a... Read More

  1. by   CCU NRS
    Quote from mattsmom81
    This sounds like a whole lotta responsibility for very little $$ return. If these is all required duties in your ICU, your unit seems a bit over the top and not for everybody. If you're young and want/need all that, go for it by all means. One thing I like about my unit is we don't 'have to do it all' if we don't wish to.
    I don't need to, I'm happy being a worker bee these days and don't need all the high tech stuff....LOL!
    I guess required is a bit strong, these are all strongly encouraged, but yes I want all of these qualifications, I feel they are important to the CCU nurse and also make me more marketable because you never know how long any job will last. There are people that have been in the unit for over two years and have not completed all of the mentioned duties but I just started last July and am almost comepletely credentialed, I need to go on one more code and recover 2 more hearts and we rarely see CVVHD so that one is hard to come by, but you must have all the others before you can orient to charge. Which is sort of what I aspire to. Would possibly like to be a house supervisor in the future so I wouldl like to be able to fill in in any circumstance.
    Last edit by CCU NRS on Mar 15, '04
  2. by   neneRN
    No extra pay for BSN, but just started getting .50 more an hour for certifications. In ER, the certifications that qualify are CEN, CCRN, or TNCC. (and you only get the .50, whether you have one of these certs or all three)
  3. by   teeituptom
    not here
    its 5 per cent of your base
  4. by   traumaRUs
    CCU Nrs - nothing wrong with ambition - go for it! I love working with enthusiastic nurses
  5. by   llg
    I have never worked for a hospital that paid extra for either certification or for additional degrees, but ...

    I have always felt strongly that if you are going to pay for one, you should pay for the other. They both represent the nurse's taking initiative and getting the proper credentials showing that he/she has learned more than the mere basics.

    llg
  6. by   zambezi
    I just found out at my hospital they give a "bonus" for CCRN certification...something like 300 or 500 a year...(not sure which).
    There is no increase in pay for ADN vs. BSN or certifications. The hosptial will pay for the class to recert though (but not the first class...that is a pre-employment requirement). We also have a education fund that pays for continuing education classes up to a certain limit, something like 200$ a year or so...
  7. by   RN8Last
    Quote from Baby Catcher
    Does your facillity pay extra if you have higher education or certification? Examples would be BSN, MSN, ACLS,NRP, ANCC certification etc. Our contract is up soon and we would like to get a differential for these things. If so how much does your hospital pay?
    Thanks for any info
    Where I work, they pay $5 per hour more if you're certified. I think that's a pretty good deal!
  8. by   mattsmom81
    My "new' management team does not pay any extra for CCRN. Thus, most of our experienced nurses HAVE dropped the credential. Our feelings: we pay the extra $$ for cert/ceu's, receive no return compensation, only to be held to a higher legal standard of care.

    Doesn't mean we're not 'ambitious' just that our ambitions have changed over time.
  9. by   my2sons
    A big fat nothing here for my BSN, CCRN, ACLS, ATLS, PALS. And I dance with the LVADs, CVVHDs, IABPs, too. Oh, and I am frequently in charge and precept. Ugh.
  10. by   nekhismom
    My facility pays extra $1000/yr for certifications. They state it is per certification, but I'm not sure.
  11. by   The Bear
    Quote from Baby Catcher
    Does your facillity pay extra if you have higher education or certification? Examples would be BSN, MSN, ACLS,NRP, ANCC certification etc. Our contract is up soon and we would like to get a differential for these things. If so how much does your hospital pay?
    Thanks for any info
    The U of R Medical Center in Rochester, NY pays 25 cents more per hour for certification, of course they determine whether the certification is appropriate for your job. In the last year or so, they will now let you carry two certifications and therefor pay you 50 cents an hour over your base pay. Again the have the final say whether is is appropriate or not. The hard part would be keeping up with the CEUs'.
  12. by   teeituptom
    Quote from Baby Catcher
    Does your facillity pay extra if you have higher education or certification? Examples would be BSN, MSN, ACLS,NRP, ANCC certification etc. Our contract is up soon and we would like to get a differential for these things. If so how much does your hospital pay?
    Thanks for any info
    Why should Bsn or Msn get higher pay. If they sre staff nursing they are doing nothing different from those with ADs
  13. by   JustMe
    Our hospital was one of the first in our area to have financial compensation for advanced degrees and/or certification. Staff Nurse I is new grad. Staff Nurse II is AD nurse with 6 months experience. Staff Nurse III is divided into 2: Staff Nurse IIIA and IIIB. "A" is BSN or equivalent health care degree. "B" is national certification, i.e. ANA certs or CCRN. Certain certs are required in specialty areas such as ACLS for the ICUs and MICN for the ER, but no compensation for those. If you have both BSN and national cert, then you are a Staff Nurse IV. Yes, I'm held to a higher standard, but I'm trained for it. I assist with education of our new staff, etc. It's very rewarding if that's what you like to do.

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