Pay Grade: Having an AS vs. a BS - page 2

by MsAlba

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I have a friend who got her BSN over a year ago and she told me she only makes .25 more than the nurses with an ASN. Is this really the difference? I hardly see how going to school for two extra years will only get you a quarter... Read More


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    I can do the BSN online??? Is that an additional two years or how much extra? The community college I'm going to is switching to a university. Their ASN is 5 semesters and then it's an extra semester after that for the BSN, so not much of a difference when compared to the university that offered me a position.

    Here where I live they hire ASN's but in Orlando they will only hire BSN. I know I'm definitely going to continue my education, I guess it's just a preference of how and where. I'm definitely willing to relocate to get better pay but I'm sure I'll be happy with what I get since I have nothing now

    Ruby, I'm sorry to hear that their father will be away so much. Bless your husband for serving and bless you and your family for standing by him I know how you feel about daycare because I feel the same way. I don't like my son having to be with anyone else (even family) almost ALL day unless he's in school.
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    Quote from MsAlba
    I have a friend who got her BSN over a year ago and she told me she only makes .25 more than the nurses with an ASN. Is this really the difference? I hardly see how going to school for two extra years will only get you a quarter more an hour.
    Everywhere I've been, there has been no difference in pay between the two. Most people I know now that have their BSN wanted to do management and/or decided to teach. But I think there are a little more opportunities for BSN?
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    Thank you MsAlba! The deployments come with the territory unfortunately.

    There are a ton of online programs for RN to BSN and I think they usually last 2 full time semesters.
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    Quote from MsAlba
    I have a friend who got her BSN over a year ago and she told me she only makes .25 more than the nurses with an ASN. Is this really the difference? I hardly see how going to school for two extra years will only get you a quarter more an hour.
    In speaking with a few friends, theres not much of a difference in pay when you're first starting off. Most companies have a "new nurse" salary guideline that they follow. Like amny of the other people have stated, the difference is the career advancement and management opportunities.
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    I have an adn and actually make more than new bsn nurses just because of years experience, however I will have to get my bsn if I would ever like to advance. If employers in your area are hiring adn nurses, then get the adn and do bsn online while you work. Nursing school is a sacrifice but you have to do what's best for your family.
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    Your right... I need job security and either way I am going to have to sacrifice. maybe it's better to go for the higher degree now if I can and take less time in the long run.

    Thank you all for your input. It is very much appreciated
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    That's interesting. Do you think it's geographic location or just a different facility in the same area that is willing to reward someone with a BSN with a higher rate of pay?
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    Where I worked, the difference was about $1.50/hr for new nurses... if the ADN/ASN could get a job... and then the ADN/ASN would not see the major pay raise most BSNs received after 2 years... unless they earned their BSN.
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    I currently get a $0.60 differential for having a BSN.
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    Around here there is no pay difference. Hospitals also regularly hire ADN new grads. Some of the magnet facilities prefer BSN, but I know ADNs that have been hired. Many hospitals here still pay for your BSN if you go back as well
    Last edit by soxgirl2008 on Oct 15, '12 : Reason: Adding more


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