1. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
I am sure it is no surprise that this specialty comes in first as the highest paid average. The average salary for this specialty is $165,000. CRNA's collaborate with anesthesiologists in the daily operating room cases to perform anesthesia on patients before surgery and wake them up when the procedure has been completed. If you like the operating room environment then this specialty is for you.
2. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
This specialty averages around $95,000 a year. If you enjoy the psychiatric field then this specialty may be one worth looking into. These nurses provide consultation and treatment to patients who are in need of mental health help.
3. Nurse Researcher
Nurse researchers work as analysts for private companies and non profits. They publish research studies based on the data they have collected on medical//pharmaceutical/nursing products or services. The average salary is $90,000
4. Certified Nurse Midwife
Nurse midwives salaries average around $88,000 a year. Their role is caring for the female population. GYN exams, family planning, pre-natal care, assistance in labor and delivery and neonatal care. They work in hospitals, clinics, health departments and many be hired to do private duty. The hours may be unconventional in this specialty, due to the unpredictability of childbirth.
5. Orthopedic Nurse
Othopedic nurses care for patients with musculoskeletal ailments and are responsible for educating patients on support systems and available self-care. Their salary is around $84,000 annually.
6.Pediatric Endocrinology Nurse
These nurses average around $83,000 a year and they specialize in caring for children with endocrine diseases and disorders.
7. Nurse Practitioner
The average pay for a nurse practitioner is around $78,000. They provide preventative care for patients and are increasingly utilized as the primary care providers in medical under-served areas. They can serve in the arena of family practice, adult practice, women's health, pediatrics, acute care and gerontology. There are other specialties they provide care to. In most states, advanced practice nurses can prescribe medications.
8. Clinical Nurse Specialist
Strong managerial skills are necessary for this specialty. The average pay is about $76,000 per year. They develop uniform standards for quality care and work with the staff nurses to ensure the standards are being met.
9.Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
The average Annual Salary for this specialty is $75,000
Gerontological Nurse Practitioners (GNPs) hold advanced degrees in geriatrics. They diagnose and manage patients’ who often times have long-term and debilitating conditions. They provide assessments to patients’ family members. Similar to all geriatric nurses, GNPs they must approach nursing holistically and they must maintain a comforting bedside manner for their elderly patients.
10. Neonatal Nurse
Average Salary $74,000 Neonatal nurses care for sick and/or premature newborn babies. They also provide consultation and advice to the newborn’s family during what can be an emotional time in their lives.
Obviously, there is more to consider than salary when selecting any nursing specialty. But lets face it, pay is important and none of us want to work for free. It is a good idea to work in an area first, if you can, then you can decide for sure if that specialty is the one you want to choose, before going through the additional schooling required.
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