Nursing-home nurse salaries grow slower in 2009

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Nursing-home nurse salaries grow slower in 2009
Nursing-home nurse salaries grow slower in 2009
Compensation for nursing home nurses is rising a little more slowly than in recent years, according to newly released 2009-2010 Nursing Home Salary & Benefits Report from Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS).

 

The pay rate for directors of nursing rose by a healthy 3.75% in 2009, though that figure was down slightly from the 3.91% increase in 2008, according to the report's survey results. Likewise, compensation for licensed practicing nurses experienced a slower rate of growth this year. Their pay rose just 2.07% in 2009, compared to 2.89% in 2008.

 

The average time it took to fill a vacant LPN position decreased significantly, however--from 38.85 days in 2008 to 25.13 days in 2009. Vacancy rates dropped from 15.03% to 14.39%, the HCS report added.

 

This year's salary report pulls information from 2,245 nursing homes of varying size and composition from around the country. Results are broken into profit status, bed-size and geographic region, among other demographics. More information is available at www.hhcsinc.com.