Nursing is a very noble and interesting profession. It is easy to assume that everyone knows about the profession of nursing. I mean, nurses have ranked as the most trusted profession.
But do you really know who nurses are and what they are capable of or what they earn?
Nurses play significant roles in hospitals, clinics and private practices. Nursing job duties include communicating between patients and doctors, caring for patients, administering medicine and supervising nurses' aides.
In this post I will be writing about the peculiarities of different types of nurses and their salaries in case you have any interest in a nursing career so you will know what you are getting into.
Here we go….
The average net salary of nurses generally in Kenya is Ksh 41,000.
GRADES OF NURSES.
Becoming a nurse's aide or nursing assistant can provide you with an entry into the medical field. Once you earn a high school diploma, you receive approved, specialized training at the state level. This will enable you to sit for a competency exam.
The average salary of a Nurse Aide in Kenya is Ksh 22,000.
Midwives may have different levels of training:
To earn a certified nurse-midwife/certified midwife degree, you must complete a nationally accredited program and then pass the national certification exam. A graduate degree is required for entry into midwifery practice.
Depending on the education you already have, there are a number of options for obtaining your degree. Almost all programs require applicants to hold a bachelor’s degree. Many programs but not all require that you be a registered nurse (RN). If your degree is not in nursing (BA/BS), you will become a certified midwife. If your degree is in nursing (BSN), you will become a certified nurse-midwife. In most cases, registered nurses who don’t have a bachelor’s degree are required to complete a bachelor’s degree before attending a certified nurse-midwife program.
The average salary of a Nurse Midwife in Kenya is Ksh 30,000.
Nurse lecturers are responsible for the delivery of both pre- and post-registration teaching in higher education. As well as playing an essential role in planning, developing and evaluating course modules, the position usually includes being a personal tutor to students. There are some professional requirements: you will need to be on an appropriate part of the NMC professional register, and have worked full-time (or the equivalent part-time) in areas where students were gaining practical experience.
A degree-level master’s qualification would also be helpful. If you do not have one, you will be expected to work towards this in post.
The average salary of a Nurse Tutor in Kenya is Ksh 53,000.
Emergency nurses are usually registered nurses with specialized training and education. Many supplement their training with certification in specific areas of emergency health care. To become an emergency nurse, a person must earn an associate degree in nursing, a bachelor's of science degree in nursing or a diploma from a hospital with a nursing program.
Like many occupations, a person with a higher degree has better opportunity for advancement. Emergency nurses continually update their education to maintain knowledge of new procedures.
The chief nurse serves as "the head of the general staff of the hospital" and is obeyed by his/her subordinate nurses. Traditionally, chief nurses were called matrons and wore a dark-blue dress that was usually darker than that of her subordinates.
To become one, you will need to have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in nursing. Securing a Master's degree is even better. In addition to a nurse's skill, most employers take into consideration her clinical experience, specifically the number of years and the different departments in which she has served.
The average salary of a Chief Registered Nurse in Kenya is Ksh 44,000.
Nurses are usually belittled but like many occupations, a person with a higher degree has better opportunity for advancement and a better salary range. A hospital or clinic cannot function without the presence of nurses because that they play a very vital role. They are some of the most sort after people in some countries. If you have interest in the medical field, put your mind to it, be ready to sacrifice your time and resources to be the best at what you do and the sky will only be the starting point for you