Neonatal nurses (NPs) are doctors who specialize in working with newborns. They treat and care for newborns who have health problems or have been harmed, such as from a car accident or a birth defect. NPs also work in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), which provide specialized care for extremely premature infants who have breathing problems, weight or other problems, or both. These special needs require the use of advanced technology to monitor and help infants get better. According to information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, neonatal nurses earned an average salary of $96,530 per year in 2018. The bureau lists the top 25 jobs with the highest average salary as well as employment projections over the next ten years for these jobs.
Registered nurse, first-line staff
Registered nurses work in many areas of the hospital and clinic that serve a broad range of patients. Registered nurses, who completed a specific educational program, are licensed to provide both medical care, such as providing medications, and non-medical care, such as helping patients with nutrition and activities of daily living. Registered nurses, who have completed an undergraduate degree program, may complete a graduate degree program to become a licensed vocational nurse, to specialize in a certain area of nursing. Some employers prefer a registered nurse with a master’s degree. Registered nurses can earn an average salary of $95,430 per year. A registered nurse’s primary responsibilities are to help with the health care of patients, to provide an environment that promotes good health, and to help patients cope with illness and maintain their health. Registered nurses may work in an emergency room, a medical office, a nursing home, or other health facilities.
Staff nurses help with various activities, such as caring for patients, performing administrative tasks, or monitoring medical equipment. Nursing staff nurses must have a high school diploma or its equivalent and a state-issued license. They may also have competency certification in a specialty area. The state license allows a nursing staff nurse to work in a variety of settings, including nursing homes, hospitals, clinics, and schools. Staff nurses earned an average salary of $65,940 per year.
Midwife (also known as a certified professional midwife)
Midwives are the health care providers for women and newborns. Certified professional midwives are specially trained to work with women at pregnancy and childbirth. They typically do not have a medical degree, but they have completed a specific educational program and are certified in the specialty. Midwives typically do not have a license to provide medical care, so they can only work with women at pregnancy and childbirth. However, they may have training in administering medications and treatments. Midwives reported an average salary of $77,540 per year.
Registered nurse, 2nd line staff
Registered nurses who complete a graduate degree may be able to become 2nd line registered nurses, who may specialize in caring for patients with certain conditions, such as diabetes or asthma. The 2nd line registered nurse job is not a licensed specialty, which means they can work in nursing homes, hospitals, medical practices, schools, and other settings. 2nd line registered nurses reported an average salary of $62,780 per year.
Clinical nursing supervisor
Clinical nursing supervisors oversee and coordinate the activities of registered nurses and licensed practical nurses in a nursing home. A nursing supervisor may supervise staff in a nursing home or an assisted living facility. Nursing supervisors may also oversee activities such as administering medication, giving vaccines, and monitoring vital signs, among other things. Clinical nursing supervisors reported an average salary of $65,340 per year.
Nurse educator, 2nd line staff
Registered nurses, who have completed a master’s degree program, may become nurse educators. They may work in nursing schools or work in the health care setting. Nurse educators may work with other health care professionals to educate patients or the public about health and disease conditions. Nurse educators reported an average salary of $67,360 per year.
Nurse manager, 3rd line staff
Nurse managers oversee the activities of registered nurses and licensed practical nurses in a health care setting. Nurse managers report to the chief executive officer of the organization and help to determine the budget for the health care facility. Nurse managers can be in charge of scheduling employees and ensuring that there are enough staff members available to meet the demand for services. Nurse managers reported an average salary of $58,160 per year.