Quote from notsosupernurse
Well Thanks to all of you for infoming me and educating a new RN to the realities of the profession. It is a pity that this is the way it is . I will continue my BSN and obtain "the minimum expected" for an entry level into the profession. I just find it a little discouraging that I will put my self further in loans without an incentive to help me pay them back.
is your "incentive to help (you) pay them back." Why is that a pity?
I'm not criticizing you, personally, at all
but I must say that I am sincerely puzzled by the thinking that I run into a lot here, that people in nursing are somehow entitled to some special consideration (i.e., extra money) for having gotten the education necessary to get the job they want. I started out in a different field (not nursing), and, believe me
, no one in that field had any
illusion that they were owed assistance in paying for their education by any future employer. Each individual chooses what field of study interests her/him, and which school to attend. Some schools are a lot more expensive than others -- does that mean that the graduates of those schools should get paid more than people who went to a less expensive school, to compensate for the extra cost of their education? People choose
to take out student loans to attend school -- no future employer asked
anyone to go into debt to finance her/his education, and I don't see how that's an employer's concern. As long as they're not violating state or Federal employment and labor laws, employers are free to establish whatever minimum standards/requirements for their employees that they wish. If employers want to only hire BSN-prepared RNs, that doesn't mean that they're somehow obligated to pay those people more because they have more than the bare minimum education -- if just means RNs without a BSN need not apply.
the economy tanked, most healthcare employers paid nothing at all extra, or only a token amount, for an individual having a BSN rather than an ADN or diploma. To me (not that I'm any expert in economics), that says that healthcare employers don't see much value in a BSN over an ADN or diploma. They are mostly concerned with licensure. I suspect that much of the "BSN-only" hiring fad now is related more to needing a quick, objective way to thin down a huge pool of candidates for each nursing position than it is to some sudden conversion to the additional value of the BSN degree.
But then, I'm a cagey, jaded cynic -- I could be wrong (often am