I am a first-year nursing student in a diploma program in Johnstown, PA. Today, we had a "meet and greet" with our faculty advisors. Our graduates are free to find employment anywhere, but we basically "train" for the hospital across the street. My first semester I got highest honors (I have one of the two best GPAs in the school).
I asked my advisor if good grades translate into better pay or opportunities at the hospital, and she suprised me and said "no." All new grads get the same offer.
My question is this: Why bust my butt and work like a crazy woman
, trying to balance school, family, and work?
For the NLN pre-nursing test before I was admitted, I scored in the 99th percentile. We took an ATI test at the end of last semester. I scored in the 99th percentile. I finished last semester with a 95.2%. I get all Satisfactory or Outstanding on my clinical evals. My clinical paperwork kicks butt, and my clinical instructors have all told me how well I am doing.
Why am I killing myself? Is this the same for all hospitals? I know that being a new grad I can't expect to make the big bucks because I need actual experience. I'm not looking to get rich, but $17.00/hour?