Advance for NPs & Pas recently released its survey results for NP salaries for 2011. Interestingly, despite the rough economic climate, nurse practitioners have continued to do fairly well with a slight dip in salaries. I encourage you to read the full article -link provided below.
I have also provided a link to a graphic for average clinical nurse specialist (CNS) salaries which have changed very little over the past years. Although the average salary is 'respectable', I have met very few CNSs that are actually compensated in that range. Additionally, CNSs continue to have an uncertain future. Many clinical nurse specialist university programs have experienced decreased enrollment and have either suspended or closed their programs; CNS students struggle finding preceptors for clinical experiences. Meanwhile, CNSs in acute care hospitals have found themselves defending their worth and fighting for their jobs.
Either way, advanced practice nurses should be compensated for their education and specialized contributions to healthcare. I believe involvement in professional nursing organizations is imperative for helping us achieve this goal and ensuring nurses speak with a strong and intelligent voice.
CNS Average Salaries
NP & PA Salaries Survey Results