Registered nurses deliver medical intervention and emotional support to patients affected by a physical, emotional, or psychological injury or illness and focus on using their skills to help their patients return to full health.
These nurses educate individuals on the possible causes of their injury or illness and provide them with feedback on how to alleviate their condition and return themselves to good health..
RN’s perform various tasks and medical analyses to assist patients in their recovery by observing and recording their patient’s condition and level of recovery, providing medicinal interventions, taking part in rehabilitation exercises to help patients recover from their ailments, recording and monitoring vital signs and assisting other team members in order give their patients a full spectrum of medical attention in order to make sure the patient receives optimal health care.
As an industry well-trained and educated registered nurses are in high demand and as a result health care facilities are willing to pay good money for their expertise and knowledge.
Registered nurse salary and hourly wages
The hourly wage for RN’s can range anywhere from$30 – $45 or more per hour of work.
Hourly wages are usually driven by various aspects of their career such as their education level and nursing position, work experience, state of operation (i.e. average New York salary vs. average Wyoming salary), accumulated overtime, special bonuses and incentives, and many other factors.
In the U.S. RN’s can expect an average salary of around $66,500.
RN’s living in states that are rated in the lower 10% of income earners make closer to $54,500 annually, while RN’s living in states that are rated in the upper 10% make closer to $80,000 annually.
When the right factors are combined (such as working in a high paying nursing position, working as a consultant or self-employed nurse and/or working lots of overtime) some RN’s are able to significantly increase their salaries and can easily make in excess of $100,000 per year.
While not always the case higher density populations such as New York City and Las Angeles seem to bring in higher wages and salaries for registered nurses while more rural areas often pay less do to a lower demand and need for nurses in their area.
Part time registered nurse wages
Wages for part-time nurses work a bit differently than they do for full-time employees, in fact full-time hours and wages are often determined by the employers.
While employers do have some control over deciding what exactly constitutes full-time employment the Fair Labor Standards Act states that (non exempt) employees who are paid hourly are required to receive overtime pay for any hours worked over a 40 hour workweek.
Most organizations and professions within the United States consider 30 – 40 hours of work per week to be full-time status, which entitle employees to certain perks such as higher wages and additional medical care, which part-time employees may not receive due to not working the minimum required full-time hours an organization has set.
What this means for registered nurses that work part-time positions is that they may not receive the same level of pay and benefits full-time registered nurses receive, and according to the Fair Labor Standards Act part-time workers are not required to receive over time pay since they are working less than 40 hours per week.