I'm from Central Indiana and am set to graduate from my RN program (ASN) in a little under two weeks. I have some quick questions for you all concerning the typical application and hiring processes down there in the Houston area for RNs.
My first question deals with ASN vs. BSN:
How preferentially do you feel BSNs are treated vs. ASNs in the application process? Are the ASNs given a fair shot, or has magnet status driven a lot of the bigger hospitals down there to just kind of gawk at, scoff at, and then promptly disregard an ASN applicant? My sister, who's an RN in Louisiana, said that a lot of the Houston hospitals are actually going over to LA to look for nurses, and seem to be okay with ASNs. But you never know....
My second question deals with pay:
How much could a new grad RN expect to make on, sayyy, a Med Surg or ICU floor? Up here most of the better paying hospitals seem to want to start us out at around 22.75-23.50/hr, just based on anecdotal experience.
Thanks in advance to any of you who respond!