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2010 Registered Nurse Salary Projections

2010 Registered Nurse Salary Projections

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As health care continues to be a national focus and demand for health care workers skyrockets, registered nurses can expect to see their salaries, and other benefits, grow in 2010. More and more employers are offering sweet incentives such as sign-on bonuses, tuition reimbursement, and more flexible hours in order to entice nurses to work in their facilities. However, hiring trends will likely be slow in the initial months of 2010 until a health care bill is fully implemented; after that, hiring for nursing jobs is expected to pick up in a big way to meet ever-growing need.

Overall job opportunities are expected to be excellent for registered nurses. Employers in some parts of the country and in certain employment settings report difficulty in attracting and retaining an adequate number of RNs, primarily because of an aging RN workforce and a lack of younger workers to fill positions.

Median 2009 Salary
$63,504

Projected 2010 Median Salary
With 4% Increase: $66,044
With a 3.8% Increase: $65,917
With a 2.7% Increase: $65,218
Projected Need, 2008 – 2018: 581,500

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    Account Removed

    about 3 years ago

    I am an LVN with more than 15 years experience as a nurse. I moved to Mission Viejo CA 7/8/11. I need to find work ASAP.

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    steward

    about 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I am a LPN with thirteen years experience as a nurse. CNA/CMT experience. I have relocated to Bonne Terre MO. Would like to find a nursing job in this area.

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    brightonRN1

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Hi everyone. My name is Meg. I am A new grad as of May2010. I am working on my BSN at Mckendree University and will be finished in the summer of 2012. I am having a terrible time finding a job. I know that I am green as the grass, but I have to start somewhere. Does anyone have any advice, maybe a keyword on my resume would help, SOMETHINGS GOTTA GIVE. I made a 4.0 at Mckendree this semester and I am still waiting tables for 6.00/hr. Please help!!! Thanks

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    mape

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I live in South Florida and after completing my ADN in 2009 I had to move to NC to get a position in a clinic, because no hospital, clinic or retirement home(a bunch here) were not hiring new graduated nurses. I just recently came back and still is very hard to get in a hospital without prior 2 years experience in a hospital setting or if you don't have somebody inside the hospital already working in there. Netheless to say that most of my collegues had to leave Florida in order to get a nursing job or they had to be unemployed for almost a year to get some opportunities here.

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    LeahB51

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Welcome to nursing! We are 3 million strong and still under paid. After 30 years of actively working I have seen hourly wages go down to the point that I am now making as much (or as little) as I did 10 years ago. It is the pits! We are one of the few disciplines that has limited to no bargaining power and yet we are the most abundant and necessary resource for hospitals and all other ancillary facilities and jobs needing nurses. There is a tremendous need for advanced practice nurses who can practice beyond the BSN. I encourage every single person to go back to school...don't let age, circumstances and especially finances stop you. We are the future of health care whether Obamacare happens or not. We are the front line...regarding finding jobs....be willing to start over (I have several times!) just take what is there and be the best most positive patient advocate and informed nurse you can be. And don't forget to ask God to walk with you every step of the way as you minister to the most vulnerable individuals.

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    ACustomaut

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I am a nurse for 20 years! I am a retired nurse! But I would like to get back into the field! Where do I go?

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    CLB1

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Is it even possible to find employment once terminated? Seems employers not even willing to hire one who offers to take lesser position or work for less money, stating you're overqualified. Does experience help in this situation?

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    nancybradley

    over 3 years ago

    4 comments

    I am now looking for a job, and have found it very difficult even with experience. Everyone is still feeling the financial crisis.

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    rn4eva

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Right now ,it is tough. My Hospital is struggling to survive a financial crisis. There is a hiring freeze and we haven't had a cost of living raise in 2 years. We use to hire new grads without hesitation, now its considered "very expensive" to hire the newbies so the practice is to hire experienced nurses. Times are very tight right now so hang on to what you have.

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    kgarrison

    almost 4 years ago

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    This sounds nice, but is not what I'm seeing on the ground. Having graduated in December with my RN. The students in my class found a 2-6 month job search in front of them, instead of being able to find a job right out of school, as it seemed to be in the past. All but 1 of us that were hired were hired in nursing homes, as this was the only place we could find employment. there are lots of job postings out there, but most in our area (Dayton/Columbus) expect 1-2 years experience in that specific type of floor. I think the economy has hurt us a lot more than all the articles and news reports have figured out yet. I am making $24.50 for night shift and that is the best pay (out of everyone willing to share) out of everyone in my class. That is with virtually no benefits. I even have 2 friends that have gone out of state and still are making less. Ohio is supposedly one of the top states for hiring nurses right now, but I'm just not seeing it....

    - Frustrated RN

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    Kathynurse

    about 4 years ago

    4 comments

    I am finding after being a RN since 1980 that unlss I cater to adults, I cant get a Pediatric Nurse job.

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    raethekd

    over 4 years ago

    6 comments

    I'd like to know how you figure passing a health care bill will increase the amount of RNs needed.

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    mandysmom1987

    over 4 years ago

    102 comments

    DIDIDIDI--

    I am in school currently for an associates degree of nursing (ADN), and after graduation will be eligible to sit for the nursing boards. Check with your community college and/or universities that offer nursing and find the program that best suits you.

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    didididi

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    i want to be a nurse and i don t know where to start.do i have to go first for s LPN or ADN and then for Associate degree? thanks adriana

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    freshcholo

    over 4 years ago

    6 comments

    here in south Florida there is plenty of jobs and a new grad can make 50,000 bucks a year easy, i have been a nurse for one year and a half and i make 27 bucks an hr in a drug rehab center, i worked in the hospital and i didnt really like it but the drug rehab setting rules

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