For an organization dedicated to advancing the nursing profession there are several glaring omissions in the requirements for MAGNET certification. Chiefly the lack of a requirement for pay differentials between ADN's and BSN's. Imagine my dismay when I found, nearing the completion of my BSN program that my employer offers no pay differential for BSN's. And this is a problem nationwide. Where is the incentive to secure one's BSN if there is no economic benefit in doing so? There has been talk...for years...of requiring a BSN for entry level RN positions. This goal has yet to be achieved for several reasons, multiple education tracks leading to RN and secondly, the failure of organizations dedicated to advancing the profession to insist that employers differentiate between ADN/DIploma prepared nurses and BSN prepared nurses. Secondly pay differentials for obtaining certification vary widely from one healthcare system to another. Securing one's CCRN at our facility nets one an extra 50 cents an hour. In others, it can be as much as $3.00 an hour, and in some instances none at all. Absent requirements for meaningful pay differentials for obtaining specialty certification and a BSN, RN's at all educational levels will simply be regarded by administration as interchangeable pieces in the machine that the healthcare industry has morphed into over the last 30 years...ever since Wall Street found there was money to be made from the suffering of people in need of medical care.
Until the ANCC, and other organizations walk the walk regarding advancing the profession of nursing, nothing will change. Pay will, in no way be commensurate with responsibility. education or experience. Working conditions will continue to favor numbers over acuity and safe care will be the standard instead of safe and quality care
. Wake up people...if you're staff at a MAGNET certified hospital start using shared governance to hold administration's feet to the fire. If not MAGNET certified...organize.