Dear fellow nursing students and nurses,
I am just throwing this out here. I am a senior nursing student who so happens to have 20+ years experience as a certified health care professional in another field. Looking at the posting of starting salaries for graduate nurses my current base pay is substantially higher. I am wondering if someone else out there has been in my shoes. I am wondering since I have been at the same institution for 14 years and have reached the top of my payscale what are my chances of starting out at or close to my present salary when I start as a graduate nurse next May?? Don't get me wrong I did not get into nursing with my eye focused on money. I believe and have been told by those who know me that I have the potential to be an effective nurse. I wanted to major in nursing when I started college but my parents did not believe nursing was an appropriate field for a male (I had to go along with them since they were paying for my education). So I stuck it out and finished another health care course. So when this opportunity presented itself many years latter, here I am in nursing. Please advise.