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Still, even with the highest-paid nursing positions, Damewood insists money is a minor motivation.
For Subramanian, who finished her bachelor's in nursing in 1975, then earned her master's nearly 20 years later, it was about achieving a goal and earning respect, she says.
"The intrinsic value plays a big role, which is different than other types of programs," Clarkson's Damewood says. "I think it goes back to nursing as a profession, and what a profession means as opposed to employment."
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