MONEY: Which jobs requiring a RN degree make the most?

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MONEY: Which jobs requiring a RN degree make the most?

eriksoln, BSN, RN

2,636 Posts

Specializes in M/S, Travel Nursing, Pulmonary.

I know acute settings like ICU make more than..........oh, M/S. OR, if the right doctor decides they like you can pay well too.

I imagine though, the highest paying ones are not direct pt. care (DON, infection control etc). They take at least a BSN, some a MSN.

MurseMikeD

68 Posts

MONEY: Which jobs requiring a RN degree make the most?

Could you clarify your question a little bit? There is no such thing as an "RN degree."

An entry-level registered nurse could be prepared with either a diploma, associates, bachelors, or masters degree. After that there is education available all the way up to the doctorate level.

The highest paying job in nursing in my area is as a certified registered nurse anesthetist. You need both nursing experience as an RN and a masters degree to do that.

BabiesRUs23

12 Posts

Could you clarify your question a little bit? There is no such thing as an "RN degree."

An entry-level registered nurse could be prepared with either a diploma, associates, bachelors, or masters degree. After that there is education available all the way up to the doctorate level.

The highest paying job in nursing in my area is as a certified registered nurse anesthetist. You need both nursing experience as an RN and a masters degree to do that.

Clarification: RN with BSN

Further clarification: Away from direct patient care

(A Master's Degree is not needed to enter a CRNA program [although rumor is it's moving that direction]. A Master's is what you receive upon graduation.)

Specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

I would say something in administration like CNO

NICUQueen

40 Posts

Specializes in neonatal intensive care.

How much money you make as an RN also depends on if you work the night shift, holidays, overtime, length of service and a specialty unit. The money varies so much. Of course, money varies as to hospital, area of the country and many other things.

Specializes in Cardiac, ER.

Where I work you are paid on experience. There is no difference in pay between ICU, ER, endoscopy, med/surg etc. The nurse with 5 yrs exp is paid more than a new grad and the nurse with 10yrs still more. If you want more money you leave direct patient care, after you've gained experience, or you get the experience, further your education (masters) and become a CRNA or NP.

MurseMikeD

68 Posts

(A Master's Degree is not needed to enter a CRNA program [although rumor is it's moving that direction]. A Master's is what you receive upon graduation.)

Yeah, that's what I said. You need a masters degree to be a CRNA.

Anyway, away from direct patient care, I know nursing informatics seems to be very lucrative here in the Bay Area. You might look at that if you're good with computers.

weezledawg

71 Posts

Specializes in CCRN, ICU, ER, MS, WCC, PICC RN.

The ones where they let you work the most overtime!

My_brain_hurts

135 Posts

Where I work it doesn't matter what area of pt care you are in ICU, med/sure, OR, etc., pay is based on yrs experience, merrit increases, and a clinicla ladder system. I WISH they paid the ICU nurses more!!!!! :D (guess where I work. . .)

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