Nursing

In the news: Nurse salaries flatten out

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, March 8, 2010

According to one expert, Joanne Spetz, faculty researcher at the Center for the Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco and a full professor in nursing, PhD, nurses' salaries won't rise anytime within the next year.

"Even if there are more positions for the nurses who are currently unemployed, hospitals won't have to raise salaries to be competitive because those nurses will be happy just to have a job," Spetz told Advance for Nurses, which also ran a survey that found 48% of respondents did not experience an increase in salary in the past year. Lower vacancy rates may have an impact on salaries.

Elizabeth Wykpisz, MBA, MS, RN, CNAA, C, CHE, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at the Washington (DC) Hospital Center, told Advance for Nurses that the "reduction has resulted in a stabilization of nursing salaries. Hospitals have either not increased salaries or offered cost of living adjustments, consistent with or slightly lower."

Source: Advance for Nurses

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