Quote from Jrioja21
For example. An ADN nurse can only be boarded under Nurse 1 and there are 12 steps within the Nurse 1 grade. The reason I was boarded a Nurse 1 with a BSN is because I had zero experience. Now...above I mentioned that you can't go past a Nurse 1 as an ADN. That's not true entirely. As you make your step increases through the years there will be a time when they offer you to jump to Nurse 2 via an "education waiver." This waiver is a once in a lifetime offer. If you never in your life plan to go back and become an BSN prepared nurse then absolutely..take it. BUT. There is a Nurse 3 as well. This is for MSN prepared nurses or BSN prepared nurses that have used their education waiver. It's very confusing understanding the process. You get a step every other year, regardless but you have to write a proficiency every year and you may or may it get a step increase.
If there is any way I can make this clearer then let me know.
You have it "sorta" understood, but not really.
Nurse I does not have 12 steps. There are three separate Levels within Nurse I (I, II, III) that each have dozens of steps. Twenty-something in each. That's before ever hitting Nurse II. That's how you can have a job posting that has a range of $30K in salary. You could be Nurse I, Level I, Step 20. Or Step 3. Nurse I, Level III, Step 2. Or Step 12. Or whatever.
The waiver is not a "once in a lifetime" thing. A degree can be waived to earn another level, or grade, once, that's true. BUT if it was waived for an ADN to get a BSN grade/level, and then the ADN DOES earn a BSN, the waiver might apply if s/he's looking to advance to the next level (that normally requires an MSN). So another waiver can be applied. Just not allowed to skip consecutive degree requirements.