Higher Paid Nursing Jobs - page 4

by mbrn1985 | 9,005 Views | 42 Comments

Hello everyone! I was looking for some advice based on your experiences with higher paid nursing jobs. I am currently working as a staff RN in an intensive care unit at a major trauma center in the southeast. I have been a nurse... Read More


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    If you are in ICU you could maybe try a leadership position like stroke coordinator or gamma knife nurse coordinator, quality improvement etc
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    Wow this is depressing
    I've been an RN for two years and make 18.56/hour, started at 17.36/hour. I am in the midwest though in one of (I've heard) lowest paying cities in my state (IN.) Our ICU nurses make the same rate as us med surg nurses and we can get $1 extra an hour for charge.
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    Quote from friesk01
    Wow this is depressing
    I've been an RN for two years and make 18.56/hour, started at 17.36/hour. I am in the midwest though in one of (I've heard) lowest paying cities in my state (IN.) Our ICU nurses make the same rate as us med surg nurses and we can get $1 extra an hour for charge.

    Hint for better pay, change jobs! I have been a nurse for 3 years and have increased my pay rate by over $12/hr! Of course one of those increases was due to moving to a different location, Oklahoma to Texas. I feel my pay (over $30/hr with diff) is very well compensated. I'm acutally about to start travel nursing to save on rent because I have a massive amount of student loans to pay off.

    I also did PRN at LTAC that paid tremendously. I found that I had more "take home pay" working a PRN job versus just picking up OT/extra at my primary hospital. LTAC's pay a good amount more money than a true "hospital" setting, all while still having the same level of care (the focus is just a little different). I made $35/hr working PRN at an LTAC in oklahoma, if that's not good, I don't know what is.
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    Try case management or utilization review for insurance company. In LPN and make 26.26 hr and most of the you can work from home. I have been doing UR for 8 years with major health insurance provider and working from home for 3 years.
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    This won't help you much, butI'm an RPN in Ontario, Canada and have been for 3 years. My salary is >27$/hour but I'm capped out. The RNs start around 29$/hour and cap out at approx 40$/hour at the end of their career.... If I were you, I would consider looking around, mind you, it all differs based on need/demand of nurses and jobs, as well as location,location,location...
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    Try specialties like dialysis or procedural sedation.
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    Quote from GM2RN
    I do agree that rate of pay depends greatly on the area in which you live, but it also depends on whether you work for union or non-union, which is what I wanted to show by going into so much detail above.
    ^^This makes a lot of sense. It is also proven by the breakdown you give of union vs non union hospitals.

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    No nurse is doing "less" or "more" for their patients than any other nurse. SMH.
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    Thank you, klone; well spoken. SMH at those comments...
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    Actually, there are differences. That isn't opinion, it is fact. I've worked in telemetry, and I've worked in Intensive Care. Shake your head till the cows come home if you want.


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