No, I didn't take offense. I'm trying to understand how s/he will make their education relevant if they wish to advance for RN. Education has a timeframe for most BONs. I just don't understand and was asking so I could get clarity. I re-read that and didn't see anything that even suggested offense.
I make $15 an hour more than my friend who is an LPN and has 2 more years experience in my state doing the same line of work. I don't know if you and your friend have same amount of experience in the same specialty, in the same general location. Those are some factors, as well as the company working for.
CCRN= critical care RN, CDN= certified dialysis nurse, CNN=certified nephrology nurse, CMSRN=certified med/surg RN. Yes, they are specialty certifications, not like BLS, which anyone can take a class and test for. These certifications require a certain education level (depending on the cert), length of time and hours of work/service in an allotted timeframe for the desired area of specialty to apply to test. I've held more than 1 of these certs, and have had to have employers send the materials to prove the length of service, etc.
For example, I work in dialysis. I used to work in ICU, but haven't in 10 years. I can't just apply and take the CCRN specialty certification. I have to have X amount of hours worked in the ICU in the last X years, and be a currently licensed RN. When I apply to take, I have to supply proof of licensure and my employer supplies proof of service hours. Unlike BLS/ACLS, etc, where you go online and find a class, pay the fee, go to the class, take the test. Anyone can do that as they desire.