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Nurse Salaries For Different Nursing Fields

by: Robyn Knapp
Many new graduate nurses are readily offered jobs prior to graduation. The positions that they are offered are usually those with the title graduate nurse or GN. For the most part, new graduates are looking for employment near their home. Since the general nursing student is now in their early to late thirties, they have already established a secure family base. While jobs for graduate nurses are plentiful it helps to have some idea of how many jobs are actually offered throughout the United States. The wonderful fact of being a nurse is that they can work just about anywhere.

The following information should be helpful in getting some idea of the pay for different nursing fields. Hospital Nurse Recruiters will inform the new graduate nurse that obtaining a bachelor degree in nursing is favored. Many hospitals will offer some form of tuition reimbursement for those nurses who seek to obtain a BSN degree. Tuition reimbursement can go as high as one hundred percent to fifty percent. For nurses who work in hospitals, there is a world of opportunity to move into many different nursing specialties. As the nurse gains more experience in their field, their salary will also increase. The salaries listed below are not all inclusive, but merely present to the reader a general idea of the salary range that exists. The reader should keep in mind that each hospital will be unique in what type of salary is offered depending on the nurses qualifications and prior work experience.

Just as you might think, large cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago hold the top spots for the number of nursing jobs available. The larger cities also have higher salaries and better benefits for their nurses. The tradeoff is longer hours and more stress in large city nursing jobs versus the small community jobs where hours are usually better and the number of patients to serve is lower.

The median expected salary for a typical Staff Nurse – RN in Detroit**, MI, is $65,817. This basic market pricing report was prepared using our Certified Compensation Professionals’ analysis of survey data collected from thousands of HR departments at employers of all sizes, industries and geographies.

Job Description

Staff Nurse – RN:

Evaluates, plans, implements, and documents nursing care for an assigned patient population. Assists physician during examinations and procedures. Performs various patient tests and administers medications within the scope of practice of the registered nurse. Promotes patient’s independence by establishing patient care goals and teaching patient and family to understand condition, medications, and self-care skills. Requires an associate’s degree and is certified as a registered nurse. Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of tasks. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected. Typically reports to a manager or head of a unit/department.

Registered Nurse Salaries

Staff RNs working in the United States average a median base salary of $41,642. Half of all US RN’s are expected to earn between $38,792 and $44,869. Nearly 67% of nurses are employed in hospital inpatient and outpatient settings. 32% of all nurses are employed in medical offices and clinics, home healthcare agencies, nursing homes, temporary help agencies, academia, and government agencies.

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APHA Public Health Fellowship

APHA announces the search for the APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government for 2009. APHA is looking for candidates with strong public health credentials who wish to spend one year in Washington, D.C. working in a congressional office on legislative and policy issues related to health, the environment or other critical public health issues.

The fellowship will begin in January 2009 and continue through December 2009. The fellowship is designed to provide a unique public policy learning experience, to demonstrate the value of science-government interaction, and to make practical contributions to enhancing public health science and practical knowledge in government.

Applications and additional information are available through the links below. The application, including CV and three letters of recommendation, are due to APHA by May 30, 2008. APHA leaders, former fellows and policy experts will review the applications and select the finalists. All candidates must be APHA members, have five years of experience in a public health position and a graduate degree in a public health discipline.
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Bolehkah kita cemburu dengan Perawat Philipina ???

Ada sekitar 15.000 perawat Philipina akan masuk bekerja di Amerika Serikat di tahun 2006 (Kuwait sedang cari 10 Indo nurses for NCLEX nihh … susahnya setengah ampun). bahkan mereka masuk bekerja di Negara-negara seperti Libya, Bahrain, Israel, Arika Selatan, Mesir, dsb. (Mungkin tidak ada Negara di dunia yang tidak ada Perawat Philipinanya yah???)

Remitance mereka mencapai 14% dari APBN Negara-nya mencapai U$ 25 billion pertahun. Waw ….. Bahkan anggota DPRnya sampai turun tangan menangani penempatan perawat, Presiden membuat Mahkamah Keperawatan setingkat Lembaga Tinggi Negara, dsb, dsbnya.

15,000 Pinoy nurses sought US jobs in 2006

More than 15,000 new Filipino nurses sought employment in the United States last year, former senator and labor leader Ernesto Herrera disclosed over the weekend. Herrera said a total of 15,171 Filipinos took the US National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for nurses for the first time (excluding repeaters) from January to December 2006.

This represents an increase of 5,990 or 65 percent compared to the 9,181 Filipinos that took the NCLEX for the first time in the whole of 2005, according to Herrera, secretary-general of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP). The former senator said the 2006 NCLEX statistics reaffirmed the Philippines’ position as the foremost supplier of foreign nurses in the US.

He said the Philippines easily topped the five countries with the highest number of first-time NCLEX examinees in 2006. India came second, with 4,395 examinees; followed by South Korea, 2,145; Canada, 943; and Cuba, 537.

Passing the NCLEX is usually the final step in the nurse licensure process in the US. Thus, the number of people taking the examination is a good indicator of how many new US-educated as well as foreign-trained nurses are trying to enter the profession in the US, according to the US National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

The TUCP has been pushing the deployment of surplus nurses and other highly skilled workers to lucrative job markets abroad.“Our position is, if we must boldly pursue the export of services, we might as well purposely encourage the deployment of highly skilled laborers such as nurses,” said Herrera, former chairman of the Senate labor and employment committee.

“Nursing skills are not readily replaceable. This is why we seldom come across cases of employers taking advantage of, or abusing nurses. In fact, Filipino nurses overseas are pampered by their employers,” he said.He added: “We must consciously discourage the overseas deployment of relatively unskilled workers such as domestic helpers. Their skills are easily replaceable. This is why they are undeniably far more susceptible to employer abuse.”

Herrera earlier rejected proposed new legislation that seeks to require nurses who obtained government-subsidized schooling to render two years of compulsory local service before they can leave for overseas employment.

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