Top 20 Highest Paid Jobs In The United States - page 3

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From Money magazine as reported by Payscale.com, the top twenty highest paying jobs in the United States. Top five are dominated by physicans, and the only nurses to make the cut are CRNAs.... Read More


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    Quote from lindarn
    I srtongly feel the same way about Critical Care nursing. I wish that I had a dime every time a physician says that they have to leave pts in the ICU, because the floors cannot possibley take care of the patients. I also wish that I had a dime every time I saved a resident's or attending's, butt, when they initially refused to listen to me, and my intervention saved a patient from crashing.

    I is not only due to patient ratios, but also the lack of knowledge that ICU nurses have as part of their job. I would like to see Critical Care nurses come together, form a corporation, and sell our services back to the hospitals.

    JMHO and my NY $0.02.
    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Somewhere in the PACNW.
    absolutely. You are totally correct. We should receive a monthly stipend based on the acuity of the patient population within the department we work. After each month, the overall acuity should be evaluated and everyone sent a check based on the hospitals profits for that month. Critical care/ER nursing is not the same acuity as a med surg floor (and I have worked M/S at one point, so I can speak from both sides of the coin). It should be compensated accordingly, that's all I'm saying, and everyone who works in these areas knows this to be true. For the liability we face, we should feel as though it's worth it (and not just our passion for the job).

    Things can not be better until you know you deserve better. Don't just settle.
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    This list is very incomplete. And it leaves out a lot of medical specialties -- why single out emergency med, OB, surgery and anesthesia?

    I don't put a lot of stock into this list. I wonder what the wave of the future is for CRNA though -- it does make sense to say that the bubble will burst at one point.
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    Quote from remifentanil
    Those are a TINY portion of the population... this list was of PROFESSIONS you could actually go to school for... No university offers a degree in BANK CEO.

    Again.. I am glad my profession made the list... now I understand why most nurses hate us.

    Are you a physician? Don't physicians have to work like 100 hours per week? I'm cool with 36! But good for you! Money is always nice too.
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    Quote from Evalynn
    Are you a physician? Don't physicians have to work like 100 hours per week? I'm cool with 36! But good for you! Money is always nice too.

    Nope... Not a physician... and the physicians I work with work about the same number of hours a week I do...40.

    There is one nursing specialty on that list.
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    Nope... Not a physician... and the physicians I work with work about the same number of hours a week I do...40.
    Wow! Where is that? I do not think I know a physician( FP, ER, MDA, etc.,) that works less than 60 hours per week in the 5 hospitals in our system.
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    Don't some doctors work less hours? I know radiologists and dermatologists have been pitched as being popular with women who want to have family-friendly hours.
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    Quote from remifentanil
    Nope... Not a physician... and the physicians I work with work about the same number of hours a week I do...40.

    There is one nursing specialty on that list.
    I'm thinking, from your name, CRNA - why elude to what you do, just write it. I don't think there's hate out there for any profession, just wanting what is due to those professions that save lives, that actually do the hard work and put up with a lot in the process.... Education that continues to expand their knowledge base. Just would like to see some reflection in the salary for the knowledge requirements (specialty certs).
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    Quote from dreamon
    Don't some doctors work less hours? I know radiologists and dermatologists have been pitched as being popular with women who want to have family-friendly hours.
    dentists have pretty good hours too.
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    I don't hate CRNAS, mainly because they get crap too. Sure, they may make a lot. But there is lots of liability involved in that job.

    It all depends what's important to you in life...I like money just fine but so not interested in the doctor or CRNA lifestyle. Many have crappy personal lives..something has to give somewhere.


    I'm happy with what I make right now and the fact that I can still have a life. Give me enough where I can have some nice things and take a nice trip each year and I'm happy. It's like that saying " The problem with the Ratrace is even if you win, you're still a rat."
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