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The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, (AORN), announced the results for its annual salary survey of perioperative nurses in the December issue of AORN Journal. Survey participants included staff nurses, managers, (i.e., nurse managers/supervisors/coordinators/team leaders/business managers) high-level managers (VPs/directors/assistant directors and hospital/facility administrators), educators, RN first assistants (RNFAs), and clinical nurse specialists.
Highlights of the results include:
The survey results were reported by Donald Bacon, Ph.D., a professor of marketing at the University of Denver, CO, and a research associate at Rocky Mountain Research, Denver. According to Bacon, “Part of the difference in salary across titles is explained by the difference in the percentage of time spent on direct patient care versus the percentage of time spent on other tasks such as management or administration.”
For the eighth consecutive year, AORN conducted its survey online. In July, 5,053 unique responses from 46,113 potential respondents, including 31,622 AORN members were reduced to a usable sample of 2,670. All respondents were employed full-time in the United States.
Bacon used a multiple regression model to examine how a number of variables, including job title, education level, certification, experience, and geographic region, affect nurse compensation. The survey also addresses the perioperative nursing shortage and focuses on perceived changes in staffing-related aspects of the perioperative nursing workplace during the last three years.
The AORN Journal is peer reviewed and provides registered nurses in the operating room and related services with information based on scientific evidence and principle. Articles cover the nurses’ roles before, during, and after surgery and include patient teaching and preparation, use and care of surgical instruments and supplies, asepsis, sterilization, anesthesia, and related topics.