When are we nurses...BSN and paid less than CNA...?

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by BSNmwsu (New) New

Hey yall, a new grad here (Dcc. 18th 2010!!!). Got my BSN, thank GOD!!!! ANyhow..got some questions....are we considered nurses NOW or after we pass the NCLEX...and another thing. I just went back to me home health job, I have my BSN, should i still be getting paid the same amount as an aide, or should I atleast be getting paid the amount as a CNA? Getting paid $9/hr with a degree in Nursing is kinda demeaning to me because the other folks with a CNA are getting paind more than I am...I'm not gready, I'll take the same pay as a CNA, just wanna get paid what I'm worth.

caliotter3

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You are considered a nurse when the state issues you a license after you pass the NCLEX and your application for licensure is acted upon. If you want to get paid CNA wages, then you need to move into a CNA position. Your employer probably will not do that until you produce a CNA certificate.

Lunah, MSN, RN

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You are currently a graduate nurse, but not a registered nurse. In some states (check with your BON), you can work as an RN applicant, or RNA, after graduation but before NCLEX -- we can do that in Virginia. Employers can hire you and start orientation when you're in this status; the downside is that if you fail NCLEX, you cannot continue to work as an RNA. Nothing like adding a little stress. LOL.

Hey yall, a new grad here (Dcc. 18th 2010!!!). Got my BSN, thank GOD!!!! ANyhow..got some questions....are we considered nurses NOW or after we pass the NCLEX...and another thing. I just went back to me home health job, I have my BSN, should i still be getting paid the same amount as an aide, or should I atleast be getting paid the amount as a CNA? Getting paid $9/hr with a degree in Nursing is kinda demeaning to me because the other folks with a CNA are getting paind more than I am...I'm not gready, I'll take the same pay as a CNA, just wanna get paid what I'm worth.

You're a graduate nurse but not a registered nurse.

And if you went back to your old job, I would expect to be paid what the job paid and not more based on advanced education that the job doesn't require. I spent a semester tutoring and with two Bachelor degrees (my BA plus the new BSN) made $9.00 an hour. Your worth to an employer is based on the function of your job. If you're doing the work of an aide that's what you should be paid for.

BSNmwsu

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Thank you all for replying and giving me abit more insight, I was just abit confused, but you all gave me clarity on the matter. I agree that i should be getting paid CNA wages if I'm doing a CNA job...my job has agreed to pay me CNA wages since they have my performing skills that CNA's perform. Anyhow...thanks again everyone. Back to studying for the NCLEX.