The demand for nurses in Sacramento remains high despite the weakened economy, as it is projected more nursing jobs will be needed soon to care for aging baby boomers. Also, more than one in 10 RNs working for Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region is over 60 years old, suggesting an imminent surge in retirements. This means many replacement nurses will soon be needed. Hospitals in the Sacramento area offer RNs a good salary, typically starting around $30 an hour, and include Sutter Memorial Hospital and Mercy General Hospital.
Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) are nurses that care for sick, disabled, injured or convalescent patients under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician. LVNs are licensed by their state and must pass the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX-PN, which is administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent job growth for LVNs?21% growth between 2008 and 2018, with the best LVN job opportunities expected in nursing care facilities and in-home healthcare services. In 2008, the median annual salary for LVNs was $39,030.