First, I do not want to challenge nurses with several years of clinical experience that are ADN or diploma trained nurses or those nurses that graduated recently with a ADN, and I do not want to challenge anyone by saying that there is a difference between the ADN versus the BSN prepared nurse.
There is a push for all nurses to be BSN prepared or for ADNs to achieve their BSN; however, there is no increase in wages for the majority of those with their BSN or those going from an ADN to a BSN. I find that as a workforce, we do not understand our worth. Why do we need the BSN as it costs more and it has no pay benefits. Students that have an ADN from a community college have less student loans, and they make the same a student that has a BSN; however, the BSN student has increased student debt with no increased monetary income to show for their degree.
I challenge the nursing workforce to acknowledge our value as a profession, and demand an increase in pay if we are to have a BSN. The current yearly income of a nurse is based on the costs of an ADN level of education; however, it does not match the cost of a BSN cost of education. If I am required or it is preferred that I have my BSN, I need to be paid accordingly. I do not practice nursing strictly for the income, but I do appreciate putting a dollar value on the work I do.
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Have we given employers BSN education for free? Or have employers just realized that nursing was one of the best paid fields for education level and we are now seeing the market simply correct itself? The 2013 Georgetown report was fairly compelling with nursing being in the top 5 new graduate jobs in regard to pay at the BA/BS level.
*** The market isn't correcting it's self. The current glut of nurses was deliberately created using false "nursing shortage" propaganda.
Looking at pay for education level is only one small part of the equitation. Nurses are under paid when level of responsibility vs compensation is taken into account. In addition to responsibility nursing is hard and demanding. I doubt that the other top four degrees will get job where heavy lifting and being at work at 3AM on Christmas morning is normal and expected. How many of the other top earning degree earners will have jobs where being physically assaulted is a not unusual part of the job. How many experienced nurses here can say they have never been punched, kicked, spit on or bitten on the job? (OK maybe the elementary education grads can say that too) How many chemistry or finance majors can expect that on the job?
Last edit by PMFB-RN on Oct 24, '13