Managing the day-to-day activities of nursing staff in a dialysis clinic or department is the main responsibility of a dialysis clinical nurse manager. These nursing professionals may also oversee the general operations of the facility, train nursing staff and account for medication use. Dialysis nurse managers must be registered nurses, and employers often seek candidates with experience in hemodialysis. Pay is comparable to other nurse managers.
In 2012, registered nurses averaged $67,930 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This figure, though, doesn’t account for position. A survey published in “Nursing Management,” a leadership journal for medical professionals, provides a clearer picture of the wages for nurses in managerial roles. As of 2010, nurse managers earned an average of $82,090, while assistant nurse managers averaged closer to $69,540 annually. A survey from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses offers similar figures, with earnings at $79,800 to $87,000 a year, depending on facility size.
Experience has long affected salaries, and nurse managers are no exception. A survey published in “Physicians Practice” found that nurse managers with fewer than two years of experience earned $55,467 a year in 2011. Those with three to five years of experience earned $60,179, while nurse managers with six to 10 years of experience earned $60,854 annually. With 11 to 20 years of experience, salaries jumped to $67,281, and at 20 or more years of experience, salaries jumped again to just over $75,000.
In addition to experience, location also affects earnings. Nurse managers in the Northeast averaged $56,430 a year. Those in the Mid-Atlantic earned almost $53,000, while nurse managers in the Southeast earned almost $61,000 annually. In the North-Central region, salaries were $66,588, and in South-Central, salaries were $56,511.
Through 2020, employment opportunities should be excellent, with an average job growth rate of 26 percent. This is almost double that of the national average for all U.S. occupations. Nursing professionals with at least a BSN, or bachelor’s of science in nursing, should enjoy the greatest prospects. The same can be said for those in advanced practices.
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