Boy is this a hot topic with some of us! I am a new grad and newly liscensed, fresh out of a BSN program. I decided to get my BSN, mainly because by the time I made a definate decision to go into nursing, I already had one associate's degree. I decided that if I was going for two more years, I might as well go for the BSN. At the hospital where I work, the BSN nurses make $.50 more an hour than the other RN's. We also received an extra $1000 on our sign-on bonus. The extra $.50 is not a lot, but I feel that it at least recognizes the extra time that I spent in school. I realize that we all do the same job, and that BSN's have only a few more nursing classes than ADN's. I also am smart enough to know that I'm going to listen to ANY nurse who can give me guidance when I start working on the floor next week, whether it be from a nurse from a diploma program, a LPN, ADN, or BSN. Experience counts more in this field than any other factor, in my opinion, and I'm more than willing to listen to those who have been around longer than me. Those extra literature or science courses that I took may not directly affect my patient care, just as the lack of them in an ADN program may not affect patient care, however, I feel that nurses with a BSN do deserve something for furthering their education. My husband is a police officer, and once he receive his bachelor's degree next semester, he will be making a higher wage then those without the degree. And his degree will be in English, which is basically unrelated to his career. How then, can it be said that those with a more advanced degree in the actual field in which they are working should not be compensated? I agree with one of the above posters, who stated that there should be one pathway to becoming an RN. This topic would no longer be an issue, or a cause of conflict. I would have still taken my job if I hadn't been offered the BSN incentive, but it's nice to know that my employer does recognize the extra effort I put forth and the additional education that I have attained.