Highest paid nursing field?

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    Hi, I am still a student and was wondering what the highest paid nursing area is. Like my friend says that Dialysis is one of the highest. Anyone have an idea I m just lost on what area to start at. Thanks.
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    Nurse Anesthetist make around $134,000.
    mz.snuggly1 likes this.
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    Are you a nursing student? I'd focus more on what you LIKE doing rather than what will pay you the most.

    Also, are you talking about as an RN, LPN/LVN? Master's prepared, nurse practitioner, etc? It makes a big difference.

    I work in research and that is well paid, nurse managers and administrators can do very well too, depending on the setting. I'd wager though nurse anesthetists probably make the near the top but require a lot of education and training. My daughter is a new nurse practitioner and she and several of her colleagues have received offers in the neighborhood of $80,000 a year for a new grad. Nurses who work in the OR, ICU and other highly skilled specialties can also make a good salary. Much depends though on the state you work in and the type of institution.

    All the money in the world though won't make a bad job good!
    Nrsasrus, Marshall1, Aongroup1990, and 1 other like this.
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    Im just wondering for the new grad rn. Or an RN with some experience but not NP or NA.
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    Is money all that matters? I agree with wren that you should do what you like. I doubt you'll starve being a nurse of any kind.
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    Quote from candijunkie
    Is money all that matters? I agree with wren that you should do what you like. I doubt you'll starve being a nurse of any kind.
    No money is not all that matters but when you are a single mom, yes sometimes it does. So anyways Im just trying to get advice on where to start when I do not have any specific preferences, just want to get nursing experience.
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    I didn't mean to come off harsh, you just seemed to have a one track mind. I wish you the best.
    MsJrenae likes this.
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    to be honest the real learning comes once you have qualified, How far into your training are you and is there any areas that you have curently seen that is of interest to you? I have seen a lot of nurses move around specialities until they find the one area that they like. Just because the pay is good does not mean you will like it

    Good luck
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    crna start at about 115-120k in illinois.


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