$1x40x4x12=$1,920

  1. I would get $1 per hour more for a BSN. If I were to work 40 hours a week, I would make $1920 more per year. I'm 51 years old. How much does it cost to obtain a BSN? Would it be worth it, in pure monetary terms, let alone the aggravation of going through the academic hoops?
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  3. by   FireStarterRN
    A simpler formula would be $40x 52 weeks = $2080, but I actually doubt if I'd actually work a full 40 hour week.
  4. by   FireStarterRN
    Or, say, $36x52 weeks =$1972 more per year. You get the picture...
  5. by   swirlything
    Many facilities will pay for your tuition and books. Additionally, I have found that the classes to obtain the BS degree are really easy, especially when you compare them to what you had to go through to get your RN.
  6. by   sunray12
    It might open up other career paths for you. Some people want to move into different things. Other people are perfectly happy where they are, but they find themselves having to consider new options when for one reason or another they can no longer do hospital nursing. So a BSN is worthwhile for that reason.
  7. by   llg
    Another factor to consider:

    You are 51 years old. That's about the age when my body started to deteriorate. It's amazing how your body changes with menopause. Are you 100% sure that you will be able to (or want to) stay in your current job until retirement? Is there a chance that you might be interested in another type of job in a couple of years?

    A BSN will give you many more job choices than you currently have. Those jobs might not pay more ... but they might be a better fit for your post-menopausal body and lifestyle. As you approach retirement, you might want those options.

    It's not just about the money.
    Last edit by llg on May 21, '09
  8. by   TakeTwoAspirin
    Y'all are forgetting to compound the initial increase in pay. Any pay increases you get each year will be compounded on an ever increasing base! It's not just $1.00x40x52 for y number of years = how does this number compare to what the course will cost me.
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    I'm 51 and in an RN to BSN accelerated program at a private university at a cost of about $15,000.

    Our options here are limited - the state college program is 3 hours away. The program at National University doesn't get you a public health certificate.

    I'm not doing it for more money - because there really is no more money. But for more options. I left hospital nursing two years ago due to unsafe staffing issues. I have a 7 year old. I want more time with my son.

    Right now I work very part-time in hospice - I happened upon that job by a fluke as I'd never considered hospice and I love it.

    When I graduate in August - I still don't know what I'm going to do but I'll have more options with a BSN.

    And llg makes a good point - those 12 hour shifts (3 a.m. to 3 p.m.) sound horrendous to me now. How did I do that?

    steph
  10. by   FireStarterRN
    Maybe I'll look into it. I'm settled into a great per diem job that I love, it's a wonderful gig. I'm not stressed out like I was at my previous job. I have very flexible hours.
  11. by   MaverickyMaverick
    why not do RN to MSN?
  12. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from FireStarterRN
    I would get $1 per hour more for a BSN. If I were to work 40 hours a week, I would make $1920 more per year. I'm 51 years old. How much does it cost to obtain a BSN? Would it be worth it, in pure monetary terms, let alone the aggravation of going through the academic hoops?
    What an interesting title leading to the real issue at hand...benefits of obtaining your BSN. Only you, Firestarter...only you...
  13. by   IlovenursingRN
    Quote from llg
    Another factor to consider:

    You are 51 years old. That's about the age when my body started to deteriorate. It's amazing how your body changes with menopause. Are you 100% sure that you will be able to (or want to) stay in your current job until retirement? Is there a chance that you might be interested in another type of job in a couple of years?
    Oh please! There are 50 year olds who can run circles around 20-30 years old. It's how you take care of yourself.

    A BSN will give you many more job choices than you currently have. Those jobs might not pay more ... but they might be a better fit for your post-menopausal body and lifestyle. As you approach retirement, you might want those options.

    It's not just about the money.
    There are not more job choices with a BSN unless you plan on moving into management.
  14. by   loricatus
    Quote from llg
    Another factor to consider:

    You are 51 years old. That's about the age when my body started to deteriorate.
    Now that is starting to explain some things. Wow, I got a lot to look forward to-----

    BTW, when will these darn hot flashes stop? :flmngmd:

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