Wound Care Nurse Salary
Most Wound Care Nurses in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $27.77 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by tenure and the specific company. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, roughly one in four claim no health benefits at all. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Wound Care Nurse
Wound care nurses work in hospitals and other medical facilities, or for an agency to treat patients at home, and must be licensed and meet all education requirements. They must ensure that the rooms in which they treat patients and all instruments and materials are clean and organized, and must demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills necessary to provide appropriate care for all patients. They must also document progress in their patients' medical records and report all concerns to their supervisor or their patients' doctors. Physicians must be informed immediately if there are changes to patients' skin conditions or a wound does not seem to heal or becomes worse.Read More...
Wound care nurses must have strong written and verbal communication skills and excellent bedside manner, and must be willing to listen to patients and their parents or guardians. A background check and drug test may be required for this position, and wound care nurses should be flexible in order to work on rotating shifts during days, evenings, nights, or weekends. Additional training and/or relevant workshops and basic computer skills may also be necessary in order to enter patients' data and progress into a computer database.
Wound Care Nurse Tasks
- Document patient interactions, discharge summaries, orders and other data.
- Develop and explain treatment plans, including medications and discharge plans.
- Examine patients and wounds, obtaining health history and ordering testing if merited.
- Apply and remove dressings, clean wounds and interpret test results.
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Popular Skills for Wound Care Nurse
Survey results show that Wound Care Nurses use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in WCC, Ostomy, ostomy care, and Hyperbaric Therapy are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Long Term Care. Hyperbaric Therapy and Wound Care are also commonly seen together.
Pay by Experience Level for Wound Care Nurse
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Wound Care Nurses, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $57K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $62K. Wound Care Nurses with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $64K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $66K.