06Jun

Nursing has been on so many “great jobs” and “hardest to fill jobs” lists for so long that unless you’re in the profession, it’s easy to assume all nurses are pretty much the same.

Unless you’re a healthcare insider, we tend to think of nurses as those men and women in medical offices who take our blood pressure, temperature and other essentials. Or we think of the professionals in scrubs assisting surgeons or caring for patients in the hospital.

But that’s only a part of the picture. Like any profession, nursing has its specialties, many of which require advanced training. Some jobs even require training and experience outside the medical field.

Job search site Indeed recently compiled a list of 10 of the highest paid nursing jobs that are increasingly in demand and in many cases even harder to fill than RN positions.

Topping the list for pay are certified registered nurse anesthetists. According to Indeed, on average they earn $172,236 annually. These professionals are advanced practice registered nurses who have trained in the delivery of anesthesia, pain management and post-surgical care. They can administer anesthesia and other pain medications. They work with surgeons, anesthesiologists and related healthcare professionals.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the nation will need 52,700 nurse anesthetists by 2028, a 17% growth rate from the 45,000 positions in 2018.

A related nursing job is pain management nurse. Though not licensed to administer anesthesia, these nurses typically work in hospital cancer units working with patients to develop a plan for managing the pain caused by their illness. They average $103,377 annually.

Here are the other jobs on the Indeed list and their average pay:

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist — $115,628
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner — $115,068
  • Nurse Practitioner — $106,636
  • Medical Surgical Nurse Manager — $102,678
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse — $101,633
  • Family Nurse Practitioner — $101,361
  • Nursing Home Administrator — $101,255
  • Clinical Nurse Educator — $101,211

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Jun 6, 2023

In Recognition of Surgical Technologists

When COVID-19 forced hospitals and surgical centers to halt elective procedures the surgical technologists who do the prep work and assist the surgeons shifted from the operating room to everywhere else they were needed.

In more normal times, surgical techs spend much of the workday on their feet. They prep operating rooms and lay out the equipment to be used. They are also the ones responsible for ensuring everything is sterile and stays that way during a surgery.

They keep track of the instruments, counting them and making sure none become contaminated. When the procedure is over, they may help dress incisions and prepare the patient to be moved to the recovery room.

When operating rooms went dark except for emergencies, technologists showed just how essential they are, jumping in to help care for the influx of coronavirus patients, expanding sterile areas to all public areas and providing relief to other, overworked healthcare professionals.

To honor them during National Surgical Technologists Week which began Sunday, the Association of Surgical Technologists asked its members to tell of the essential work they’ve been doing during this pandemic.

Here are two stories:

  • Surgical tech Colleen Lorenz said she and her fellow techs “participated in the Incident Command call center realigning staffing resources, helped screenings at hospital entrances and helped sew masks for the community.”
  • Kelsea Renninger, a labor and delivery surgical technologist, says pandemic or not, mothers were giving birth and she was there. “I have worked during the hardest hit times of COVID-19, most times working overtime throughout the week, and I won’t change it for the world.”

Green Key Resources is proud of the work surgical technologists do. We join with Americans everywhere to thank them for always being there.

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