A would think that a NURSING LICENSE is essential. That would mean that you have "graduated" from some type of diploma or degree program that is ACCREDITED.
Now, does my nursing license look different since I did the Excelsior degree program? No. If I had graduated from the nursing program at Yale my nursing license would look the same. But, and here is the catch ... the CV sure would be different.
But, kudos to the employer that can limit themselves to ONLY select nursing degree programs. Maybe there really is NO nursing shortage...Right?
I had a HR department director (from a 200 bed hospital) point out to me that "since we draw from 4 different nursing programs, we really never have a shortage of nurses". This was after she offered me $14.80 an hour (yep, for an RN with certification and experience). I know my mouth must have been hanging open in disbelief ... for I was just shocked. Oh, and there were no shift/unit differentials and weekends paid just a buck more. I thanked her profusely and politely declined. (Before I'd made it home, she had called my husband to have me urgently return her call. I thought I must have left my purse of something - so once I was sure I had by belongings, I did call her back --- only to be offered an additional $0.75 an hour due to my unique qualifications...Right?) But, oh well - Goody for them...I checked a few weeks back and they had at least 15 openings for RN's, so I wonder how that "school" thing is working out?
Anyway, the moral of the story.
Go somewhere that you are "wanted". It will almost always, without fail, translate into you being valued (via $$$) and with being valued comes satisfaction.
Good Luck - I still believe it is a "sellers market". Serious bidders only, need apply