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Nurse Salaries: Getting Paid What You’re Worth in the Marketplace

Nurse Salaries: Getting Paid What You’re Worth in the Marketplace

Stephanie Larkin / Articlesbase.com

During a nursing shortage, it would seem that a nurse would be more likely to receive a generous salary. However, the healthcare industry is very competitive, and expenses are high. In many cases, the best salaries go to the individuals with the best negotiating skills.

Know What You Are Worth

Before you approach your nursing supervisor or human resources director, figure out the average salary for a nurse with your duties, qualifications and experience. You can use one of the many online salary calculators that take into consideration the area in which you live and what type of duties you have to provide.

Once you know what other nurses in your field are earning, you should consider whether there are other factors that could affect your overall value to your supervisors. Are you routinely available to start early, stay late, or pick up extra shifts? Do you have specialized training that allows you to perform extra duties? All of these aspects factor into the potential salary you could receive.

Establish Your Priorities

Money is not the only benefit that can be negotiated. In addition to salary, you can negotiate for more vacation time, particular shifts, and education reimbursement. If being home when your kids return from school is important to you, you may prefer to forgo a raise and take only day shifts. Or, if earning an advanced degree is a goal, tuition reimbursement may be more important to you than extra personal days. No one has the same priorities, only you can decide what you want. It is important to think about these things before entering into salary negotiations, so that you are prepared during your meeting.


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    coach22

    6 months ago

    1220 comments

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    kdouvillier

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    What nursing shortage? I was a full-time oncology nurse that just got laid off...in california!!!

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    nyvette

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    This is very helpful information. I have been thinking about asking my boss for a raise and this is very helpful.

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    neuroRN

    over 5 years ago

    30 comments

    Because we live in country with the most expensive healthcare cost and expenses, unfortunately those that work in direct patient care such as CNA's, RN's and LPN's are not getting paid as much as they could because of the high expenses of healthcare.

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    tyonw

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I completely agree... I worked ICU, CCU, Cardiac CCU and Surgery as a CNA for years and the most I ever made was $16.00 an hour. You work just as hard and you constantly float just like everyone else. However, you are lucky to make $9.00 any where. What's crazy is I managed to become a Clinical Research Coordinator/Data manager and currently make $24.03 per hour. Less work, better hours and less stress. To top it off I travel with my job and have all expenses paid. Now, some wonder why they cannot keep RN, LPN and CNA.

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    ronnie722

    over 5 years ago

    14 comments

    I think that5 Certified nursing assistants should be paid more to as well as nurses because they do most of the one on one care for the patients and then the nurse does the medication and treatment work

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    Account Removed

    over 5 years ago

    Great info

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