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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   teeituptom
    Quote from CheriP.
    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.


    Lot of hosps have clinical ladders
  2. by   The Bear
    Quote from teeituptom
    Why should Bsn or Msn get higher pay. If they sre staff nursing they are doing nothing different from those with ADs
    I am a staff nurse with a MS, but I am only paid at a BS level because a staff nurse position does not require a MS. I used it to teach at the university level for ten years, but with budget cuts, I got cut!
    If the position does not require a MS, why should someone get paid a higher level for having one?
  3. by   Moho
    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
    :hatparty: When I completed my BSN, I asked if I would recieve a increase in pay. I was told that my job did not require a BSN, therefor I was not intitled to one?????????
    Moho
    Good Luck
  4. by   teeituptom
    Welcome to the wonderfull world of nursing ya'll
  5. by   The Bear
    Quote from Moho
    :hatparty: When I completed my BSN, I asked if I would recieve a increase in pay. I was told that my job did not require a BSN, therefor I was not intitled to one?????????
    Moho
    Good Luck
    My institution paid for my BS and working fulltime and school parttime, it took me 6 1/2 yrs to complete it. I got only 12 cents more for my BS and when I got certification, I got 25 cents!!!
  6. by   purplemania
    our facility pays $1hr more for BSN. Certs are $0.35 hr more and must be on an HR approved list for your unit. However, most units have at least two and EVERYBODY is required to have ACLS or PALS or NALS (depending on area), so that is an automatic raise. A BSN with 2 certs gets an $3700 or more per year (2080 hrs FTE). We are non-union.
  7. by   The Bear
    Quote from purplemania
    our facility pays $1hr more for BSN. Certs are $0.35 hr more and must be on an HR approved list for your unit. However, most units have at least two and EVERYBODY is required to have ACLS or PALS or NALS (depending on area), so that is an automatic raise. A BSN with 2 certs gets an $3700 or more per year (2080 hrs FTE). We are non-union.
    It sounds like that it is more than being warm in Texas, it sounds like you guys are compensated well for degrees and certification. So I stepped out this morning to 27 F degrees with a wind chill of 12 degrees hitting my face and now I hear that you guys in Texas have more than warmth, just another day at the hospital.
  8. by   mattsmom81
    Quote from teeituptom
    Why should Bsn or Msn get higher pay. If they sre staff nursing they are doing nothing different from those with ADs
    Other than it makes the institution look good to have higher degreed/credentialed employees, so they perhaps SHOULD compensate, I also tend to agree we should be paid for the JOB we do, not the alphabet soup on our nametag.

    With more certs, CEN, CCRN,etc, we may be incurring a higher liability, another thing to consider in whether we should be compensated, IMO.
  9. by   teeituptom
    Quote from The Bear
    It sounds like that it is more than being warm in Texas, it sounds like you guys are compensated well for degrees and certification. So I stepped out this morning to 27 F degrees with a wind chill of 12 degrees hitting my face and now I hear that you guys in Texas have more than warmth, just another day at the hospital.
    Warmer weather
    warmer people
    golfing year round
    better salsa
  10. by   teeituptom
    Quote from mattsmom81
    Other than it makes the institution look good to have higher degreed/credentialed employees, so they perhaps SHOULD compensate, I also tend to agree we should be paid for the JOB we do, not the alphabet soup on our nametag.

    With more certs, CEN, CCRN,etc, we may be incurring a higher liability, another thing to consider in whether we should be compensated, IMO.
    Just a simple old AD type person
    just a simple old coutry boy

    and I still hit 6 figures every year

    maybe its because I am so darned cute
  11. by   sugarnurse
    I worked for 13 years in ER and relief in ICU. I am an LVN, we had a choice to get certified in ACLS, PALS, and Advanced Tramua, if we did so we were paid more, and could assist with more procedures. So, it was our choice, and some of the nurses decided not to do this, so they could not fuss if I was paid more, I worked for it.
  12. by   ellencrn
    at our hospital we are paid on years of service, not on degree status. if we chose to take the CEN CCRN, etc. they will re-imburse us for the fee of the test. we don't receive any extra for bls,acls,tncc,enpc or other certifications.
    our contract does allow for $75 per nurse a year for continuing education.
  13. by   cinrn68
    In Quebec (Canada), we have two pay scales. One is for college graduate nurses and the other for Baccalaureate nurses. There are 12 levels on the college grad scale, and 18 levels on the Bacc scale.

    Not only does our hospital pay for our BSN courses, we also get a pay increase (up 1 level of the college grad scale) after every 15 credits earned toward our degree, and when we complete our degree, we go up 2 more levels and switch over to the same level of the Bacc scale. For example, it has taken me 2.5 years to finish my bacc, and I have gone up almost $5.00/hour, and I'm not at the top pay scale yet (I still have 7 levels to go). It definitely makes it worth our while to earn our degrees, as the top salary difference is about $14,000.00/year.

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