Nursing Pay By State

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A Registered Nurse

Online lists stating the average pay for nurses nationwide can vary wildly and often suggest that huge rises or drop have occurred, but what’s the final word on how (and what) nurses actually get paid under various circumstances? We take a look at the most up-to-date numbers and what the statistics can – and can’t – tell us.

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17 Medical Salaries, Adjusted for ‘Quality-of-Living’

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According to labor statistics, some nurses can make north of $100,000 a year. Meanwhile, according to the documentary “The Vanishing Oath,” a full-time physician in the U.S. can take home as little as $28/hr before taxes.

These are two extremes, but it brings up an interesting topic I’ve been thinking about for a while now: How much does the pay you get out of a medical job actually give you?

We often hear of 60, 70, even 80-hour work-weeks debasing the currency of some medical salaries, while overall satisfaction for other healthcare jobs is among the highest in any industry…So what does it all work out to when it comes to the quality-of-life your job lets you have?

To find out, I did some basic math with the most recent available salary, hourly pay, average weekly hours worked, and overtime data, as well as average time needed to complete training, job satisfaction, and other elements from a variety of sources.

The results were surprising, on several levels: Continue reading “17 Medical Salaries, Adjusted for ‘Quality-of-Living’”

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8 Promising New Surgical Robots (and 2 Non-Surgical Ones)

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four promising new surgical robots It’s been years since the Da Vinci surgical robot unwittingly morphed from a great hope for telesurgery to a semi-common tool for doctors to do ultra-precise surgeries with their hands on the controls in the next room. In the last 5 years, we’ve seen such robots perform prostate surgery, lace a footballmake a paper airplane and even peeling a grape.

Here are eight promising robots that may soon be commonplace thanks to the amazing benefits they offer: Continue reading “8 Promising New Surgical Robots (and 2 Non-Surgical Ones)”

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5 Things You Should Resolve to Say to Your Colleagues Today

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You could argue that the medical profession is by far the most eventful major employment sector, with an unrelenting stream of patients, thousands of variables to every procedure, and the high-adrenaline rush of urgent situations like time-sensitive surgeries and the emergency room.

So it’s no surprise that in most hospitals (and many clinics), there’s little time for contemplation, reflection, or thoughtfulness.

For that reason, maybe it’s even more important to take a minute to come up with a game plan for some key things to say to your co-workers to help improve your performance and theirs:

“Can you help me?”

You may think you’re doing this sufficiently but – within reason – you can’t say this enough. As busy as you and everyone else is, saying “can you help me?” isn’t just asking for help for yourself, it’s complimenting the person you’re saying it to by showing you value their abilities. Continue reading “5 Things You Should Resolve to Say to Your Colleagues Today”

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Top 8 Video Games for Training Surgeons

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Who would have thought that a $60 piece of software on a $250 piece of hardware would become a critical training tool for laparoscopic surgeons?

While you could argue this statement isn’t universally accepted (yet), a 2007 study into the relevance of video games as a training tool for traditional, laparoscopic, and robot-assisted surgery bears-out what anyone who became a physician during or after the advent of Pong, Space Invaders or Pacman already knew… Continue reading “Top 8 Video Games for Training Surgeons”

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Winning the Battle to Work the Hours You Were Hired For

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UK labour group workSMART recently celebrated the 10th annual “Work Your Proper Hours Day” which they encourage everyone on Earth to observe every 24th of February. That’s the date by which the average person would be done working for free if they put in all their unpaid overtime hours at once. Continue reading “Winning the Battle to Work the Hours You Were Hired For”

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