Sadly, degrees in fields other than nursing have no impact on pay scales in nursing. Only nursing degrees -- BSN, MSN, maybe PhD -- impact pay scales. Nursing pay is determined by years experience in nursing, and some hospitals pay BSNs more than ADNs. I've worked a couple of hospitals which did pay MSN prepared nurses who worked in staff nurse roles a bit more than BSN nurses. Now, your degrees could help you in other ways to get positions outside of staff nursing, if the experience and training you had is relevant to the work. For example, if you wanted to, say, go into staff development or education, or teaching nursing students, the teaching experience and degree may have some impact there. The poster with the Spanish background could probably use that if she wanted to help start Spanish classes for the hospital staff, write Spanish patient education materials, &c. Your art therapy degree could be very useful if you want to go into a field where art therapy is used, such as psych, child psych, pediatrics, oncology (using art therapy as a therapeutic modality) or rehab, particularly if in the long run you wanted to do research on nursing and art therapy. These degrees and experiences I think would make you a more attractive hire, especially if you can convince the manager that your unique experiences would benefit the unit eventually (staff inservices, patient education, various projects you'd like to do using your experience that would benefit the unit, &c), but they can't affect pay scale.