Dear New Grad, Congratulations, you made it! It’s been a long, exhausting journey and you made it all the way to the finish line. You made it through early morning clinicals and nerve-wracking return demonstrations where your hands shook. You made it through dark times when you thought about quitting because there was no end in sight, just more tests and endless care plans. During the last few years, you likely made it through many personal challenges. For many of you, there were financial hardships, health problems, relationship issues, and pregnancies. Some of you through made it through even worse, such as the new nurse whose family did not support her career choice, and did not attend her graduation. Or the put-together looking young blond who shared that she lived out of her car her last semester. One thing for sure- you are smart, and you are determined. No one gets to put RN after their name unless they are determined. But here’s something you don’t know- we older nurses look at you with admiration. We love your passion and compassion. You are idealistic and excited. You may think you’ll never be as calm and competent as we are, but […]
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Nurse Statisitcs: The average wage for nurse practitioners was more than twice the U.S. average for all occupations
Nurse practitioners earned an annual mean wage of $97,990 nationally, but wages for this occupation varied from $82,880 in Oklahoma to over $115,000 in California, Alaska, and Hawaii. Although average wages for nurse practitioners were similar in Alaska and California, California employed many more of them, 9,980 in May 2014,compared with 370 in Alaska. Mississippi had among the highest employment concentrations of nurse practitioners—more than twice the U.S. average.-U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics