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American Nurses Happy to Switch Careers

Update Date: Nov 23, 2015 08:56 AM EST

Nurses in U.S. are satisfied with their pays but, given a choice, a lot of them would be happy to choose a different career, suggests a new survey. On an average, nurses earn anything between $95,000 to $170,000, along with specialized degrees in areas such as anesthesia, primary care and midwifery, says Medscape Nurse Salary report 2015. The nurses are more satisfied with the income than the others in this profession. Despite that, 40% of these advanced practice nurses (APNs) say that they would be happy to choose another career if they had an opportunity, reports Reuters.

The Registered Nurses, majority of the nursing workforce, made at least $79,000 a year and only 53% of them were satisfied with their earnings. 44% said that they would choose a different career. Susan Yox, director of editorial content for Medscape, said in an email "Nursing is a very difficult and demanding career choice - long hours, weekend and holiday work, and most importantly, the need to provide hands-on care to people at their most vulnerable times in life - often when they are injured, ill, in pain or dying. We hope this survey will begin to foster dialogue about the reasons for nursing dissatisfaction and burnout and spur changes where needed," reports Reuters.

To evaluate the salaries, job satisfaction and benefits in the nursing profession, Medscape studied the responses of online surveys involving more than 8000 nurses who worked in the U.S. between August and October 2015. The research included licensed practical or vocational nurses, with one-two years of training in addition to two-year associate degree or 4-year bachelors program and also advanced practice nurses. Men in this trade were given more money, regardless of the job type, as compared to women. Male nurses made about 9% more than their women counterparts, reports Just Med News.

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