A Head Nurse earns an average salary of $76,266 per year. A skill in Critical Care is associated with high pay for this job.

$48,961 - $108,184
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$49K
$76K
$110K
MEDIAN: $76,265
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$23.57 - $44.88
(Median)
$24
$34
$45
MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,961 - $108,184  
   
Bonus
$1,795  
Total Pay (?
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$49,931 - $103,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 65
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$23.57 - $44.88  
   
Overtime
$25.07 - $62.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,795  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$49,931 - $103,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 45
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Job Description for Head Nurse

The head nurse is responsible for overseeing patients and other nursing staff within their unit over the course of their shift. Nurses in the unit report to the head nurse and consult them if there is a problem or general guidance is needed. Tasks performed by the head nurse include carrying out doctors' orders in terms of patient care, evaluating patients' needs and responses to treatments, discussing treatment options with patients and conducting other duties related to patient care. Additionally, the head nurse often helps assign nurses' rotations, and they must report any behavior among the nursing staff requiring discipline and administer disciplinary action if needed.

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Head Nurse Tasks

  • Teach, supervise and counsel the client and family regarding home nursing procedures and other care needs.
  • Observe signs and symptoms and report to the physician and/or other appropriate health professionals as often as needed, or upon changes in the client’s condition.
  • Initiate diagnostic, preventive and rehabilitative nursing procedures as appropriate to the client’s care and safety.
  • Evaluate and assess nursing needs of the client.
  • Attend client care conferences and initiate client care conferences for complex and/or multidisciplinary clients whenever needed.

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Pay by Experience Level for Head Nurse

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Experience Affects Head Nurse Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$75,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Head Nurse Salaries

Critical Care
up arrow 17%

People Management
0%

National Average
$75,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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