Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Show me the money first

Nursing industry desperate to find new hires

Even strong salaries aren't doing the trick. Registered nurses made an average of $62,480 in 2007, ranging from a mean of $78,550 in California to $49,140 in Iowa, according to government statistics. Including overtime, usually abundantly available, the most experienced nurses can earn more than $100,000.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts about 233,000 additional jobs will open for registered nurses each year through 2016, on top of about 2.5 million existing positions. But only about 200,000 candidates passed the Registered Nurse licensing exam last year, and thousands of nurses leave the profession each year.

Not sure where they pulled those numbers from but I don't think I am anywhere near that $60k mark. Maybe hospitals should work harder to keep the experienced RN's they have now instead of training a new flock each year.

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