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.
Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) are advanced practice registered nurses that have been certified to provide anesthesia and related care before and after surgical, diagnostic, therapeutic and obstetrical procedures. To become a CRNA, a licensed, registered nurse must have at least one year of work experience in an acute care setting, earn a master?s degree from an accredited nurse anesthesia program and pass the National Certification Examination (NCE), which is developed and administered by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists (CCNA). CRNAs are among the highest-paid registered nurses, making an average annual salary of $168,500.