Salary for Acute Care Nurses

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Also known as:  CCU Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist, CNS, Community Health Nurse, Coronary Care Unit Nurse, Emergency Room RN, Endoscopy Registered Nurse, Hospice Registered Nurse, Obstetrical Nurse, Oncology Registered Nurse helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

The role of an acute care nurse is to administer emergency procedures, manage pain relief, deliver blood transfusions, order and interpret diagnostic tests and imaging, and set up, operate or monitor devices such as mechanical respirators. They generally work in emergency rooms, intensive care units, acute care units, and similar settings. These professionals may also be expected to spot potentially life-threatening conditions and to evaluate the severity of patient injuries or illness. An Associate's degree is the minimum education requirement for this position, although additional licensing and certification may be required.

A Acute Care Nurse earns a pay level between $53,410 and $116,230 based on tenure and industry expertise. usually receive an average salary of eigthy thousand and ten dollars yearly.

have the highest pay levels in California, where they earn compensation, on average, of close to $120,560. People in this job function are paid most highly in Public Administration, where they can receive normal pay levels of $88,000.

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Acute Care Nurses tend to make the most in the following industries:

Public Administration
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Retail Trade
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Health Care and Social Assistance

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Accommodation and Food Services
Educational Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
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