The cost of living has increased, but your salary hasn’t. You’ve been working as a nurse for some time now, but haven’t gotten a pay raise. Breaking news: Your paycheck isn’t going to increase by itself. Employers, especially in the nursing industry, aren’t going to walk around handing out raises. Nor will you get a promotion just by being average at your job. Here are five ways you can proactively grow your paycheck.
Increasing your education level increases your salary. The higher degree you obtain and the more position responsibility, the higher the pay. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nurse practitioner make an average of $71,490 annually, while RN’s make an average of $64,690 per year. Check with your employer about continuing education options. The great thing about nursing is usually offers a flexible schedule that will allow you to work around classes. Many employers in the medical field also offer tuition reimbursement.
If obtaining a higher degree isn’t an option for you, widening your skill set still is. As a nurse there are hundreds of certifications and specializations you can obtain. If you work for a larger organization, many of them are even offered through cross training on the job. Many organizations won’t consider you for a specialized position such as an Occupational Health Nurse, unless you have the appropriate certifications. Because getting these certifications takes effort, organizations will pay more for nurses that have them. By not being certified in a specialty you’re interested in, you end up limiting your opportunities.
A quick way to increase your paycheck is by picking up extra shifts. Work overtime, work an off-shift, or sign up for a more demanding shift (ie. night shift) that nobody wants to work.
Getting Yourself Noticed.
If you want to get a raise, you have to go the extra mile. Give 110% effort everyday, always be on time, have a positive attitude, and be willing to help your colleagues. This shows managers your true worth and how valuable you are to the organization. You’ll be top of mind when there’s a promotion available.
Going Where the Demand is.
Sometimes the best way to get a pay increase is to jump ship. If there are two or three other nurses at your clinic that have the same certifications as you, you’re not as high of a value-add to your employer. Whereas, a clinic that is desperately looking for someone in your specialization is likely willing to pay more. Part of being a smart job seeker is knowing your worth. Do your research and find out what other employers are paying for your skill set
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