I am nearing the point where I should be hearing back from schools about interviews to their direct entry nursing programs
(I've already scheduled an interview with one!) and I'm suddenly freaking out about the outcome of all this. I mean, what happens when I graduate as an NP with no prior nursing experience, aside from the clinical portion during the program? I ask this because I am really worried about paying back loans after graduation. What if, and this is what I predict, I will have to work at entry level nurse's pay for several years before I am paid commensurate with the level of education I have? It's not that I mind working as an entry level nurse to gain experience, but at what stage are you finally paid as a nurse practitioner? Or maybe, I have no clue what I'm talking about here, hehe. I have no idea, really, how nurses salaries are scaled with regard to advanced degrees and experience levels, which is why I'm asking these questions.
I also wonder if I choose psychiatric mental health nursing, will they hire me first as an entry level nurse in this speciality or will I automatically be assigned responsibilities as a nurse practitioner? In many professions (teaching I know for a fact) they automatically raise your starting salary if you are hired with a masters degree, regardless of experience. Obviously, this is not recommended in the healthcare field, where experience is considered more important. It's just something I've been thinking about the last couple of days and haven't been able to find an answer to. Last minute worries, I suppose, as I wait for letters in the mail.
Dec 24, '06
Quote from chickpea25
I will have to work at entry level nurse's pay for several years before I am paid commensurate with the level of education I have? ...
Hello there Chicpea,
From everything I have heard and read, that as a new nurse, you will be paid as a new nurse regardless of your credentials, (be it as an associate's degree, bachellor's degree or master's entry degree).
If you are an NP then that is different, you are a licensed NP and your pay would be different.
As a future graduate from a direct entry program anticipated the MS in Nursing degree I will be paid just like any other new nurse graduate.
The pay off for these degrees will be in the following months or years, not immediate.
We will graduate and start right alongside, (pay and job-wise) dipoloma, associate and bachellor's prepared nurses.
As it should be, in my opinion. Our options will change rapidly as our experience and skill increase, (that is, IF and when our experience and skill hopefully increase).
edit to add:
Please do not mistake that until you are an RN you are not eligible to begin the Nurse Practitioner portion of your program. In the interim between completing your NP degree, you will indeed be paid as a new RN, once you complete your NP degree you will be working and PAID as an NP. Now, depending on your area will depend upon the salary of the NP.
Last edit by Gennaver on Dec 24, '06
Jul 23, '08
I am a student of a direct entry MSN program to be a clinical nurse leader. I also work in a hospital NY. We have had graduates come in with the NP degree but they are hired as staff nurses first because with no prior experience the Nurse Leader will not hire them directly as NPs. Good luck
Last edit by liljluv on Jul 23, '08