Survey: Hospice RN pay rises 3.4%

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That national average hourly pay for registered nurses providing hospice care has risen to $25.86 per hour, according to results of a new national survey.

Meanwhile, the national average for licensed practicing nurses in hospices rose 2.8% to $18.51 per hour.

Among other key information in the 2007-2008 Hospice Salary and Benefits Report from Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service: turnover was 20.4% for RNs and 21.6% for LPNs in hospice settings.

Earlier this year, HHCS surveys showed that national average pay rates were $25.00 and $24.48 for RNs serving as staff members and charge staff nurses, respectively, in nursing homes. LPNs in nursing homes, meanwhile, averaged $18.74 and 18.00 for regular staff and charge-nurse designations, respectively.

More on any of the reports can be found at www.hhcsinc.com.