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What are the salary expectations and hiring requirements in different fields, such as public health, home health, oncology or director of nursing?

Wednesday January 2, 2013
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Dear Donna,

I have been a respiratory therapist for 20 years. I recently moved to an area where being a registered respiratory therapist is required. I am back in school pursuing a BSN. What are the salary expectations and hiring requirements in different fields, such as public health, home health, oncology or director of nursing at a rehabilitation facility?

Looking for Salary Info

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Looking for Salary Info,

Nursing salaries vary depending on what part of the country you live in and the type and size of facility where you work. National salary averages for nurses in staff positions are in the $55,000 to $65,000 range. You can start in any of the specialties you mention as a staff nurse right out of nursing school.

A director of nursing's salary would be higher. Each facility has different hiring requirements, but some supervisory or managerial experience likely would be required for this position. Instead of becoming a DON, some nurses are going on to become licensed nursing home administrators or licensed assisted-living administrators. This is a great career path in a growing industry (long-term care) for a nurse who is on a management track. Check out the American College of Healthcare Executives (www.achca.org) and the Association of Nurse Executives (www.aone.org) for more information.

I suggest you start doing some informational interviewing (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Interviewing) with nurses working in various specialties and positions that interest you.

Best wishes,
Donna


Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.