When I left working as a Staff RN at a local VA hospital in Ohio, 1-1/2 yrs ago, I was making $43,500/yr., plus benefits (not as great as you would think, either). We were always short staffed and were told "we're working on it". I did Charge, special assignments to other units, trained other nurses and was involved in root cause analysis reviews. I have an ADN degree. I have been a DON and a Nursing Supervisor in LTC facilities, DON at a Home Care company and in charge of other places that I've worked. I've had more experience as an ADN than some BSN's. I was told that to get anywhere in the government facilities that I would have
to get my BSN or I'd never get anywhere at the VA or make any money. I would always be a "Staff Nurse". New grad BSN's started out at more than I was making! They got to work the specialty units (ICU, ACU, GI lab, etc., but I couldn't). I was there for 3-1/2 years and got no respect because I didn't have my BSN. This is the only place I know of in this area where they differentiate between ADN's and BSN's. As far as I'm concerned there's no difference except 2 years of research.
Nurses will NEVER
make what we're worth because of the burecratic red tape and BS that we have to put up with!
I quit working because I am a single mother with a child that has medical disabilities and now I stay with her to home school her. She's gotten healthy enough now that I can look for work from home jobs like Medical Transcription and other consulting jobs that I can do on my own time.