National RN Salary Trends ADN or Diploma vs BSN

  1. Hi,
    I'm presently in a BSN program in SC. I am writing a professional issues paper and I wanted to research a point. It is my understanding that the majority of facilities across the US do not differentiate their starting salaries in regards to the level of preparation of the RN (Diploma/ADN/BSN) given that everything else is equivalent. Please tell me what your experience has been. Thank you.
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  3. by   vanrn
    My hospital starts BSN grads out at .25 more per hour than ADN. Earning a BSN while working fulltime at said hospital however earns one nothing extra. You may, in fact, lose some of your annual "merit raise" if your studies prevent you from attending the required number of hospital sponsored meetings. This adds fuel to my belief that the nursing staff is considered disposable. I dislike the feeling that my efforts toward increased knowledge and expertise mean nothing. Am I job hunting? You bet!
  4. by   LSRN
    My hospital pays the same for ADN or BSN.
  5. by   rjflyn
    I am going to respond based on my eight yrs exp at 7 different hospitals. None of them had any official scale based on degree for entry level. They did have degree requirements for certain positions ie other than staff nurse, and even then some of those were prefferences.

    rj
  6. by   NRSKarenRN
  7. by   GLJorgeRN
    The hospitals in my community do not differentiate between degrees.
  8. by   Roland
    I wonder if the trend for more hospitals to become "magnet" hospitals will have an impact on BSN verses ASN. Does anyone know if the percentage of nursing staff with BSN degrees is a factor in such evaluations? Hospitals will only pay more if there is a tangible, or mandated reason for doing so. Keep in mind that if they could hospitals would even pay chief cardiac surgions minimum wage.
  9. by   Dixielee
    I have never been paid more for my BSN. It will ultimately open more doors for you, but as far as bedside nursing, generally a nurse is a nurse is a nurse.
  10. by   domestikgodes
    Where I live, they are beginning to hire BSN grads at $5 more per hour than they pay ADN's. There is a movement of hiring more BSN grads over LVN's, and ADN's. I should state that I agree with the bedside care. One of the best nurses I ever met was an LVN...and he was one of my preceptors in my BSN program! He had fabulous bedside manner!
  11. by   wishingmary
    There is no difference in pay unless you are on the "clinical ladder" which translates into more work (usually paper). You get merit raises on the clinical ladder based on degree, certifications, experience. But if you fail to accomplish a duty then you risk "falling off the ladder" which is costly of course since you lose all merit raises. They are revamping the "clinical ladder" so I am curious how it will change.
  12. by   HillaryC
    I graduated last spring, and during my job search, I found that one hospital paid baccalaureate-prepared nurses $1.00 more per hour -- but the Bachelor's could be in any area, not just nursing.

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    Hi,
    I'm presently in a BSN program in SC. I am writing a professional issues paper and I wanted to research a point. It is my understanding that the majority of facilities across the US do not differentiate their starting salaries in regards to the level of preparation of the RN (Diploma/ADN/BSN) given that everything else is equivalent. Please tell me what your experience has been. Thank you.
  13. by   eurith
    Hello,

    I am in the midwest, the center, and no one that I know in the local hospitals (3) here COLUMBIA MO,will pay more for a BSN (exception, VA) which is why I am leaving. I am a nurse with 20 years experience and I love what I do which is why I am receiving my BSN this MAY!!! and I know that there is somewhere out there...that will appreciate not only my experience but my education/commitment to hard work!! Thanks,
  14. by   MrsWampthang
    Quote from domestikgodes
    Where I live, they are beginning to hire BSN grads at $5 more per hour than they pay ADN's. There is a movement of hiring more BSN grads over LVN's, and ADN's. I should state that I agree with the bedside care. One of the best nurses I ever met was an LVN...and he was one of my preceptors in my BSN program! He had fabulous bedside manner!
    I'll bet your hospital has a lot of openings then.

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