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What are the Highest Paying Nursing Jobs?

Career News August 16, 2013

Whether you are in nursing school, contemplating going to nursing school or already working as a nurse and looking for a change in specialty, if money is important to you, you might want to take a look at some of the highest paying nursing jobs available. It’s no secret that nursing is an extremely lucrative and fast-growing career, but the type of nursing you choose to specialize in can make a massive difference in the paycheck you take home.

Nurse Anesthetist

A nurse anesthetist is generally considered to be the highest paying nursing specialty. According to Explore Health Career, a nurse anesthetist makes an average of $130,000 per year. A nurse anesthetist has numerous duties; they work with surgeons, dentists or anesthesiologists to help deliver medications and maintain them at the proper and safe level to keep a patient under anesthesia. With the increased pay and responsibility comes a requirement for more education and experience. A nurse anesthetist needs to have an RN license, two years of anesthesia education, certification from the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists and experience in critical care.

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

A psychiatric nurse practitioner often makes about $95,000 per year, according to Scrubs Magazine. They generally work with other psychiatric care professionals to help care for patients with psychiatric or other mental health disorders.

Nurse Researcher

Nurse researcher is a non-clinical job that requires a higher level of education than most other nursing specialties. You generally need to have either a BSN or MSN degree (and in many cases a PHD) to qualify for these $95,000 per year jobs. The job consists of collecting and analyzing information and using it to generate reports on medical practices and products. Jobs in this field are usually with nonprofit organizations or private companies that specialize in health-policy.

Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)

A certified nurse midwife can expect to make about $84,000 per year working in a hospital, clinic, private practice, health department or even in patients’ homes. Some of the duties of a certified nurse midwife include working with female patients to provide gynecological exams, baby delivery, prenatal care and postnatal care. They also provide family planning education. This specialty requires RN certification and an MSN or similar master’s degree.

Orthopedic Nurse

Orthopedic nurses take care of patients who suffer from musculoskeletal ailments like arthritis and help them deal with other musculoskeletal issues like joint replacement. They teach patients about musculoskeletal disorders, as well as issues and make them aware of available support systems and self-care techniques. Orthopedic nurses can make $81,000 per year.

Pediatric Endocrinology Nurse

Another type of nurse who can make $81,000 per year is a pediatric endocrinology nurse. One major duty of this job is to educate young people and their parents about diabetes and other ailments that affect the endocrine system. They also care for children suffering from these ailments. In addition to an RN license, a pediatric endocrinology nurse needs about two years of nursing experience.

Nurse Practitioner

A nurse practitioner is a regular part of the team in most doctors’ offices these days, and they can provide basic preventative health care. In some states, they are also allowed to prescribe medications. These nursing specialists can even serve as primary care providers in areas that are medically underserved. There are specialties within this nursing specialty that include family practice, women’s health, pediatrics, gerontology and acute care. Nurse practitioners usually make about $78,000 per year, and they need to have an RN license and an MSN degree.

While nursing in general is a rewarding and high-demand career, choosing the right specialty can make a huge difference in salary. The highest paying nursing jobs all fall under just a few specialties, so knowing up front what those specialties are can help you direct your career to the most lucrative path. Of course, money isn’t everything, so it’s a good thing that there are multiple high-paying nursing career options, so if you search carefully, you are likely to find a job that gives you satisfaction, as well as a nice paycheck.

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