How much does a Head Nurse - Operating Room make in the United States? The average Head Nurse - Operating Room salary in the United States is $119,675 as of May 28, 2024, but the range typically falls between $104,517 and $140,740. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target. 

Head Nurse - Operating Room Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Head Nurse - Operating Room Salary $90,717 US May 28, 2024
25th Percentile Head Nurse - Operating Room Salary $104,517 US May 28, 2024
50th Percentile Head Nurse - Operating Room Salary $119,675 US May 28, 2024
75th Percentile Head Nurse - Operating Room Salary $140,740 US May 28, 2024
90th Percentile Head Nurse - Operating Room Salary $159,920 US May 28, 2024
25% $104,517 10% $90,717 90% $159,920 75% $140,740 $119,675 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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What skills does a Head Nurse - Operating Room need?

Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.

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Leadership: Knowledge of and ability to employ effective strategies that motivate and guide other members within our business to achieve optimum results.

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Infection Control: Infection control is the discipline concerned with preventing nosocomial or healthcare-associated infection, a practical (rather than academic) sub-discipline of epidemiology. It is an essential, though often underrecognized and undersupported, part of the infrastructure of health care. Infection control and hospital epidemiology are akin to public health practice, practiced within the confines of a particular health-care delivery system rather than directed at society as a whole. Anti-infective agents include antibiotics, antibacterials, antifungals, antivirals and antiprotozoals. Infection control addresses factors related to the spread of infections within the healthcare setting (whether patient-to-patient, from patients to staff and from staff to patients, or among-staff), including prevention (via hand hygiene/hand washing, cleaning/disinfection/sterilization, vaccination, surveillance), monitoring/investigation of demonstrated or suspected spread of infection within a particular health-care setting (surveillance and outbreak investigation), and management (interruption of outbreaks). It is on this basis that the common title being adopted within health care is "infection prevention and control."

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Mental Health: Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.

Leadership 12.34%
Infection Control 2.15%
Mental Health 1.39%
Others 84.12%
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Job Description for Head Nurse - Operating Room

Head Nurse - Operating Room directs nursing service activities for assigned patients in the operating room. Delegates responsibilities to auxiliary and operating room staff nurses. Being a Head Nurse - Operating Room supervises preparation and maintenance of patient clinical records and writes reports on operating room staff performance and services rendered. Maintains pre-set inventory standards for solutions, supplies, medicines and equipment, and keeps track of narcotics. Additionally, Head Nurse - Operating Room requires a bachelor's degree in nursing. Typically requires Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). Requires Registered Nurse (RN). Typically reports to a director. The Head Nurse - Operating Room manages subordinate staff in the day-to-day performance of their jobs. True first level manager. Ensures that project/department milestones/goals are met and adhering to approved budgets. Has full authority for personnel actions. To be a Head Nurse - Operating Room typically requires 5 years experience in the related area as an individual contributor. 1-3 years supervisory experience may be required. Extensive knowledge of the function and department processes. (Copyright 2024 Salary.com)... View full job description

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For Head Nurse - Operating Room, the first career path typically progresses to Maternity Services Director.

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Head Nurse - Operating Room salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Head Nurse - Operating Room, the highest Head Nurse - Operating Room salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Head Nurse - Operating Room salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Head Nurse - Operating Room salary is in Miami, FL, where the Head Nurse - Operating Room salary is 3.5% lower than national average salary.

City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
-3.5%
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 4.9%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.1%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 16.8%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average
-1.3%

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