6 Highly-Paid Jobs for Nursing Professionals – Part I

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Nursing is a noble profession and the nurses in any medical facility or patient care center abide by the oath of the profession to serve the humankind relentlessly. If you are a nurse and willing to pursue a specialty nursing career, the 6 highly-paid nursing jobs detailed here may further motivate you to select a specialty based on job satisfaction, work profile, employment outlook and the salary.

1. Nursing Anesthetist

Job demand for nurse anesthetists is expected to increase by 22% through 2018.

The top-paying nursing specialty is CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists), however, this profile needs extensive education and training in administering anesthetics to patients. Additionally, Nursing Anesthetist assist and works with anesthesiologists, surgeons and dentists to manage different medications.


To become a certified registered nurse anesthetist, an RN license and good experience in critical care is mandatory along with a two year education program in anesthesia. Once you complete the program, you also need to have a certification from the NBCRNA (National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists).


As a nurse anesthetists, you can work in hospitals, surgical suites, dentist offices and plastic surgery centers. Nurse anesthetists are well paid as compared to other nursing specialties, with a median salary of $135,000.

2. Nurse Practitioner

The demand for nurse practitioners is expected to grow by approx. 19% by 2018.

Nurse practitioners are always in demand, especially in primary healthcare facilities and work collaboratively with physicians to provide a wide range of healthcare services. Their area of specialization includes women’s health, family care practice & pediatrics in nursing homes and private clinics.


An RN license is necessary, with minimum MSN (Masters of Science in Nursing) to become nurse practitioner.


In America, the Nurse Practitioner Job was ranked the 4 Best Jobs by CNNMoney.com. They draw an attractive salary of $78,000.

3. Dialysis Nurse

Dialysis Nurse, one of the fastest growing and highly-paid nursing specialty involves assisting patients who rely on dialysis treatment. There is a great demand for the Dialysis Nurses to work in medical hospitals, emergency care centers and dialysis clinics.


To become a Dialysis Nurse, RN license and the experience of minimum 2,000 hours in taking care of dialysis and nephrology patients in the previous two years is essential. In order to be a certified Dialysis Nurse, you need to pass an official certification test as well.


Nurses who pursue a career in this specialty enjoy great benefits and earn competitively throughout their career. The median salary of a certified Dialysis Nurse is $63,500.

In the next part of the article, you will get to know the remaining three job options for nursing professionals that are highly compensated.

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