Quote from neetnik461
I work at a magnet metropolitan ICU (graduated last August with a BSN). Our hospital does pay BSN's a higher salary than ADN or Diploma nurses (I'm not sure of the exact difference but I think starting BSN's make about two dollars an hour more). New BSN grads are considered "clinical nurse" while ADN/Diploma are classified as "staff nurse", this designation is put on our name badges also. Only BSN grads are considered for entry level positions in ICU (adult, neonatal or pediatric) and ob/gyn positions (L&D, postpartum, high risk), I believe BSN is also required for entry level telemetry unit also. ADN/Diploma grads are hired in med/surg and skilled nursing/rehab, otherwise I know our hospital prefers BSN's for other positions. I work at the "big downtown" campus. I don't think this difference is found at the smaller "regional" hospitals (affiliated with our system)
I doubt this is entirely accurate. I'm not saying you aren't telling the truth, but that you are probably misinformed.
I can't see any hospital making such a distinction between ADN/BSN. Why not? Because, once you START making such distinctions, the pay would follow and the REASON why BSNs don't get paid much more is because hospitals don't actually WANT to recognize the difference where it would count: and that's the bottom line.
Sure, they'd like to have the credentials, but not the costs related to making it a priority.
I think BSN SHOULD get 2-5 dollars an hour more. I doubt that is the case anywhere, however. See, this isn't just a case of our own inter-squabbling, TPTB like the idea of keeping us divided.
I disagree with BSN-entry. It lops off too many opportunities for alternative and non-traditional educational pathways. We simply need MORE diversity in nursing then to recruit only 18 yr old white females going to college on 'daddy's money'. And yes, I know that is a generalization and many traditional BSN students don't fit that bill. But, it is a more TRADITIONAL pathway and making it the exclusive pathway WILL lead to short-circuiting more non-traditional students.
I do think, however, that BSN should be required after a period of time in nursing, say 10 yrs. And financial incentives would enhance that. But, again, TPTB aren't in actual favor of this.
Think about it THIS WAY: many argue that BSN will increase our wages and respect. IF YOU ARE THE PERSON PAYING THOSE WAGES AND GRANTING THOSE CONCESSIONS TO RESPECT, is this in YOUR gameplan?
So, I'm all for the pay differential. I'm all for moving towards BSN. But, I'm against BSN-entry.
For the record, I'm an ADN that got my bach degree after my nursing degree. It's in Biology, though. I saw no need nor benefit in getting a BSN. IF there actually were at 2-5 dollar differential, my Bach degree WOULD BE A BSN.