How much does a Head Nurse make in the United States? The average Head Nurse salary in the United States is $114,433 as of November 29, 2021, but the range typically falls between $104,134 and $125,921. 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 plans and implements the overall nursing policies, procedures, and services for a unit. Maintains nursing staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training clinical staff. Being a Head Nurse ensures that nurses are current in competencies, assessments, licensure, certifications, and other annual training. May provide direct patient care and is responsible for assessing, planning, and evaluating patients. Additionally, Head Nurse requires a bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited school. Requires a valid state RN license. Typically reports to a top management. The Head Nurse 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 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 2021 Salary.com)... View full job description
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What does a Head Nurse do?
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Demonstrates willingness to actively participate in unit conferences & meeting & offer suggestions for improvement &/or change.
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Demonstrates professional knowledge & skill when teaching, orienting, motivating & supervising assigned personnel on designated shift.
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Demonstrates knowledge & competence in assessing learning needs of patients/significant others & in providing or guiding creative, effective educational interventions.
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These charts show the average base salary (core compensation), as well as the average total cash compensation for the job of Head Nurse in the United States. The base salary for Head Nurse ranges from $104,134 to $125,921 with the average base salary of $114,433. The total cash compensation, which includes base, and annual incentives, can vary anywhere from $104,959 to $127,828 with the average total cash compensation of $115,629.