bsn starting salaries - page 2

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im thinking about moving to ohio when i finish nursing school (currently in florida) i have heard that starting nursing salaries are a lot lower up there. most hospitals in this area start at about 17 or 18/hr. just wondering... Read More


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    Quote from foreverLaur
    Why should you get more $$ because you took more general education? ADN or BSN.... nursing knowledge is the same. You each passed an identical licensing exam. When I finish my ADN (already have BA), I'll be one class shy of a RN-BSN program. Why should I receive less money because I don't want to take "Cultural Diversity in The Profession??" My psychology degree taught me enough about cultural diversity.
    ADN focuses primarily on basic nursing skills. BSN in addition to the ADN skills focuses on nursing theory and evidence based practice. The BSN has a years worth of extra nursing classes over an ADN. A BSN is not equal to an ADN + some gen ed classes. That is just silly. I don't have a problem with ADN and BSN or even direct entry Masters prepared nurses starting at the same pay, because they all have a similar lack of nursing experience outside of whatever clinicals they may have had. To say they have the same knowledge however, is ignorant. The MSN nurse should be promoted and receive a pay increase before the BSN nurse and the BSN nurse promoted before the ADN nurse based on knowledge and the ability to apply that knowledge to the nursing practice.
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    I'm fine with BSN being promoted over ADN and I think a BSN should be required for any management type position. But for any bedside nursing position, degree shouldn't matter as long as you are a RN and for new grad, it shouldn't matter either. When there are plenty of 100% online RN-BSN, how much better of a nurse can some Internet classes really make you?
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    Quote from foreverLaur
    I'm fine with BSN being promoted over ADN and I think a BSN should be required for any management type position. But for any bedside nursing position, degree shouldn't matter as long as you are a RN and for new grad, it shouldn't matter either. When there are plenty of 100% online RN-BSN, how much better of a nurse can some Internet classes really make you?

    Most of the RN-BSN programs I've looked at (Granted the ONLY programs I look at are from respected universities ie The Ohio State University, Cleveland State, Akron, Kent State, Case Western, ect) all have a clinical component to them. Yes most of the program course work may be completed online. However, there are a significant number of clinical hours that must be completed in order to finish the RN-BSN program. It may be different at some of these other operations. I don't know, as I never have, and never will consider attending one of them. What good is a degree from a university/school nobody has heard of? However, I'll answer your question with another question: Can more knowledge make someone a worse nurse?
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    No harm in getting more education. I just don't think it is worthy of a higher starting salary as a bedside nurse. Down the road, more $$ and more promotions, sure... but not starting out. Don't get me wrong, I have every intention of doing a RN-BSN or RN-MSN program. Also, with such variance in RN-BSN programs... hard to say who is "worthy" or a higher salary based on education alone. It should all be based on performance.
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    If you look at OSU, the base salary for a nurse is $23/hour [plus they have awesome shift/dif]. However, as a new nurse w/o any work experience [whatever your degree] I'm not sure how easy it is to get a job there without some other foot in the door. I started a job there now, hoping that with "time served" I'll get into their internship program and then get a job there.
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    Oh yeah, and I think Mount Carmel starts RN's off at about $21/$22 an hour.
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    And after you put in some time at OSU, you get tuition discounts and football season tickets :-D
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    As long as you work more than 75%/30 hrs a week you get 10 credit hours at OSU paid for per quarter. They don't pay for books, but they pay 100% of the tuition for the employee. It can start the quarter starting after you're hired.

    Tuition discount for your kids is 50%. Also an immediately [well the next quarter] starting benefit.

    Three years for football tickets [I think]


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