Highest Paying Nursing Specialties: Top Ten

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You work long hours and are on your feet several hours a day – being a nurse can be tough.  But nothing can be worse than being stuck in the wrong specialty. When it comes to nursing specialties, being in the right field can make your job so much easier and even enjoyable. So how do you choose the right specialty? Should you choose a specialty that you love even if you know that the pay isn’t much or should salary be your primary consideration? It’s a combination of both really. Your personal preference and the earning potential of that specialty both play key roles in helping you decide. After having worked hard through nursing school to get to where you are you deserve to the make the most of your career by earning the highest salary possible.

Take a look at the top ten highest paying nursing specialties

Listening for the babies heartbeat. 1st: Certified Registered Nurse Anaesthetist

Median Annual Income: £73,000 

As a certified registered nurse anaesthetist, you would be responsible for administering anaesthesia to patients. Certified registered nurse anaesthetists work together with surgeons, anaesthesiologists, podiatrists and dentists to safely administer anaesthesia medications before any major procedure.

2nd: Certified Nurse Midwife

Median Annual Income £58,100 

A certified midwife provides primary care to women. Their responsibilities include family planning advice, gynaecological exams, assistance in labour and delivery, prenatal care and neonatal care. They work in hospitals, health departments, private practices and homes. Midwives often work unpredictable hours due to the unpredictable nature of childbirth.

3rd: Nurse Researcher

Median Annual Income: £50,000

Nurse researchers work as analysts for private companies. They publish research studies based on data collected on specific medical, pharmaceutical or nursing products or practices.

4th: Orthopaedic Nurse

Median Annual Income: £46,000

Orthopaedic nurses provide care for patients suffering from different types of musculoskeletal ailments, such as arthritis and joint replacement. As an orthopaedic nurse, you will also be responsible for educating patients on these disorders and on the different self-care and support systems that are available.

5th: Paediatric Endocrinology Nurse

Median Annual Income: £45,500

As a paediatric endocrinology nurse you would be dealing with young children suffering from diseases and disorders of the endocrine system. Their responsibilities include educating the parents and children on the physical and sexual development issues that could arise from these disorders.

6th: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

Median Annual Income: £ 45,000

Gerontological Nurse Practitioners hold advanced degrees specializing in geriatrics. They diagnose and manage their patients’ often long-term and debilitating conditions and provide regular assessments to patients’ family members. GNPs must approach nursing holistically and pay special attention to maintaining a comforting bedside manner for their elderly patients.

7th: Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Median Annual Income:  £41,000

A Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is an advanced practice nurse who provides consultation and care to patients suffering from mental health or psychiatric disorders.

8th: Nurse Practitioner

Median Annual Income: £40,000

A nurse practitioner provides basic preventive health care to patients. In underserved areas, a nurse practitioner would also serve as primary and specialty care providers. The most common areas of specialty for nurse practitioners are family practice, women’s health, acute care, paediatrics and gerontology in addition to a few others.

9th: Neonatal Nurse

Median Annual Income: £34,500

Neonatal nurses care for sick and/or premature newborn babies. They also provide consultation to the newborn’s family during what can be an emotionally draining period.

10th: Clinical Nurse Specialist

Median Annual Income: £32,500

As a Clinical Nurse Specialist you would take on the responsibility of developing uniform standards for quality care and work together with staff nurses to ensure that those standards are being met. Clinical Nurse Specialists are required to possess strong managerial skills and an ability to anticipate potential staff/patient conflicts.

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