She's been a Nurse for nearly 35 years and has climbed the ranks through hard work and commitment. And yes, she is the Head of Department in a managerial nursing role with more than a few staff under her, she writes policy and procedure stuff for the entire health board.. But, she gets out onto the coalface as often as she can as she likes to be seen by the younger staff, and wants them to know that their boss is approachable and will take care of any issues they have.The majority of them on here read your post and straight away come to the conclusion that £48K is an average salary for nurses. You and I know that’s far from the truth.
Most nurses are on substantially less money. To be on £48K, you will be in a senior management role with responsibility for for the professional direction of nursing and other caring staff working in in your area of responsibility.
You will also have professional responsibility for those staff carrying out their work to a sarisfactory standard that meets the stringent requirements for providing nursing care to patients.
That professional responsibility will also place patients in your managerial area under your direct supervision as well. Their day to day treatment and welfare are under your direct supervision. If a mistake is made and someone dies, you could be held responsible or partially responsible and the repercussions on your career could be enormous and even terminal job wise.
That £48K job could suddenly transform into minimal wage filling shelves in a supermarket never mind the weight on your mind of a tragedy on your watch that should have been avoided!
How many nursing jobs are there on £48K. Like any profession, it’s about the level of responsibility and that kind of level will see you most likely in charge of a ward with a group of nurses and other staff including HCA’s and cleaners etc working under your direct control proving medical care to the patients in your ward.
All those personnel will be on substantially less money than the £48K that you earn for running the place.
I’ll add a quick word about agency nursing. There is a shortage of nurses at the moment and the agency rates are very good. In West London, the rates start at around £18 per hour and I’ve heard of £20, £22 and even £24 being offered. A couple of twelve shifts on that is pretty good.
Bear in mind that the higher rates are probably for night shifts and of course, there are no other benefits. You also have to travel to wherever the work is and fit yourself in with the regimes being operated there. Despite those things, as the nurse, you still have the legal responsibility for ensuring the proper medication in the right amount is given to patients in your care at the proper time.
Premium rates for agency nursing yes. But it isn’t always an easy option. Plus if the numbers of nurses going the agency route went up sufficiently, the rates would probably drop.
So all those on here wetting their pants about nurses on £48K really need to change their nappy’s and calm down. Because in the vast majority of instances, it ain’t so!
48k...yes after 35 years hard graft.