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Highest Paying Nursing Specialties of 2013

Highest Paying Nursing Specialties 2013

Nursing is an angelic profession. But even among angels, God has designated certain angels with more power and authority. Likewise, professional nursing also has different fields with varying demand and scope. On the basis of salary packages, here is the latest list of highest paying nursing specialties.


10. Pediatric Nurses

Salary: $42,000 – $67,000

Pediatric Nurses

Definition: Pediatric nursing is a child healthcare nursing specialty. It includes care for babies, children and adolescents. In the past, specific nursing training programs existed which focused on the infant and child care only. This tendency has declined but still exists in some parts of the world. Pediatric nurses have special training in child communication to procure accurate information to aid diagnosis and treatment.


9. Neonatal Nurses

Salary: $57,000 – $71,000

Neonatal Nurses

Definition: Neonatal nursing provides nursing care for newborn babies up to 28 days after birth. They are a vital part of the neonatal team. There are 3 types of neonatal nurses.

Those who care for healthy babies.
Those who provide intermediate care for premature or ill newborns.
Those who look after the babies in critical condition are known as Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse.

8. Certified Nurse-Midwives

Salary: $55,000 – $95,000

Certified Nurse-Midwives

Definition: A certified nurse midwife is the primary care provider for expectant women who are healthy enough to sustain child birth without complications or high risk. The nurse provides them physical and emotional support before, during and after childbirth. The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) predicts the ever increasing demand of certified nurse-midwives saying that soon one in ten babies will be delivered by them in the U.S.


7. General Nurse Practitioners

Salary: $78,000 – $96,000

General Nurse Practitioners

Definition: A general nurse practitioner receives an additional training of treating mental and physical disorders as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). These nurse practitioners can also provide diagnosis and prescribe medication (in certain states) within their scope of practice.


6. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners

Salary: $65,000 – $101,000

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners

Definition: Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners are qualified to diagnose any psychological illness and prescribe appropriate therapy and/or medication. They also provide therapy whenever needed. These nurses can practice autonomously in a variety of settings such as, private practice, psychiatric emergency services, outpatient mental health clinic, hospitals, primary care facility, etc.


5. Clinical Nurse Specialists

Salary: $57,000 – $104,000

Clinical Nurse Specialists

Definition: A clinical nurse specialist (CNS) is an advance practice nurse with an MSN as well as a specialty certificate. They have a very versatile career within the three domains of CNS practice, known as the ‘Three Spheres of Influence.’ These include:

Nursing Personnel
Healthcare system

They work in a variety of work settings too; such as, ICU, ER, etc.


4. Perioperative Nurses

Salary: $61,000 – $108,000

Perioperative Nurses

Definition: Perioperative nurses work with patients who are required to go through any operative or other invasive procedure. They work closely with nurse practitioners, surgeons, surgical technologists, and nurse anesthetists. Their specialized duties include several roles; such as, OR director, registered nurse first assistant (RNFA), circulator, scrub nurse, patient educator, etc.


3. Geriatrics Nurse

Salary: $73,000 – $123,000

Geriatrics Nurse

Definition: Geriatric nurse gives professional care to the elderly patients. Older people tend to get sick more often. Therefore, they require special care, especially, with ailments such as delirium, cardiovascular problem, blood pressure, diabetes, etc. They have huge scope to work as a private nurse which is also very rewarding in terms of money.


2. Orthopedics

Salary: $76,000 – $129,000


Definition: Orthopedic nurses provide medical assistance to patients suffering from musculoskeletol disorders. These include acute problems such as, fractured bones, genetic malformations, and joint replacements. Their specialized skills include traction, neurovascular status monitoring, continuous passive motion therapy, casting, and care of patients with external fixation.


1. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists

Salary: $105,000 – $131,000

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists

Definition:A certified registered nurse anesthetist is responsible for administering anesthesia to the patients. In the United States, one has to become an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with a graduation degree as well as a board certificate in anesthesia. A nurse anesthetist is responsible to help patients before, during and after the surgery. Depending on the education and experience, these nurses earn handsomely and enjoy many other benefits. They may practice as a military nurse, as well as, in either the private or the public sectors.


1 Comment

  1. Flames

    I have always wanted to be a medical doctor bt i will go for my anesthesia b4 dt again,tnk u.

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