Quote from chickpea25
I will have to work at entry level nurse's pay for several years before I am paid commensurate with the level of education I have? ...
Hello there Chicpea,
From everything I have heard and read, that as a new nurse, you will be paid as a new nurse regardless of your credentials, (be it as an associate's degree, bachellor's degree or master's entry degree).
If you are an NP then that is different, you are a licensed NP and your pay would be different.
As a future graduate from a direct entry program anticipated the MS in Nursing degree I will be paid just like any other new nurse graduate.
The pay off for these degrees will be in the following months or years, not immediate.
We will graduate and start right alongside, (pay and job-wise) dipoloma, associate and bachellor's prepared nurses.
As it should be, in my opinion. Our options will change rapidly as our experience and skill increase, (that is, IF and when our experience and skill hopefully increase).
edit to add:
Please do not mistake that until you are an RN you are not eligible to begin the Nurse Practitioner portion of your program. In the interim between completing your NP degree, you will indeed be paid as a new RN, once you complete your NP degree you will be working and PAID as an NP. Now, depending on your area will depend upon the salary of the NP.