Quote from romie
I am currently enrolled in a direct entry program for people with degrees in other fields. My classmates are geniuses--many are researchers, most have masters degrees and we even have a girl in my class who has a PhD in Molecular Biology. We are training to become Nurse Practitioners. I personally have over 10 years of healthcare experience as an unlicensed assistive personell or healthcare manager and you are telling me that after all is said and done, you are still only going to pay me .30 an hour more than an ADN nurse once I enter the workforce as an RN while continuing with my NP education?
My goodness, romie....with all due respect, your message indicates you haven't spent much time on research regarding the financial expectations of the profession upon which you plan to embark. Additionally, there are some myths or stereotypes that need dispelling.
The first part of your message, the assertation that your classroom is comprised of "geniuses" suggests that by virtue of having obtained prior degrees in unrelated fields, you and your classmates are better prepared to be excellent nurses. It would be obvious to anyone who is currently employed as an RN (ADN, BSN, MSN, etc) that this is hardly the case. I recall a former classmate of mine, a "genius" who failed miserably in the clinical setting. He won't be becoming a nurse anytime soon, regardless of his IQ.
The next part of your message, asking why if you have so many years' experience as a UAP (care tech or CNA, etc) you won't be earning so much more than ADN nurses is comparing apples and oranges. It's always nice for an employer to see that you did patient care as a tech or aide for many years, but it really doesn't add much (if anything, most of the time) to the value of the RN license. It's nice, but it isn't going to garner you a financial bang.
Finally, you wonder why a hospital wouldn't be willing to pay you considerably more for your RN work when you are "continuing with your NP education". Quite simply, it's because you are NOT an NP, nor will you be employed as one at that facility at that time. You should expect to be paid for the function in which you will be working. A staff nurse, or floor nurse, whether ADN or BSN, is doing exactly, precisely the identical job function. I appreciate that you have found you have been able to be paid more than your peers for the same work in the past because of a higher education, but nursing is somewhat unique in that regard. It is most often the case of NO difference in wages, or only a token difference. If you had done enough research into this prior to now, you would have found this to be true....everywhere. Not just Loyola.
As for your appearing miffed that Loyola doesn't value your intent to pursue an NP licensure, you have to realize that an "intent" to continue education is not the same thing as having that education already. Does Loyola value the NP over the staff RN because of the additional education. Perhaps....if they NEED a NP on staff, rather than simply a floor nurse (where RN=RN). Frankly, I can approach an employer saying that while I am already a nurse, I expect to continue my education to become a CRNA, but I hardly think they will throw more money at me because I "plan to" get more education later. And what they are paying now for the education you HAVE now is well established.
Food for thought, romie.