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.
Patient care technicians (or PC techs) work under the supervision of nursing and medical staff to complete routine tasks and provide direct patient care. Certified nursing assistants, hospital attendants, licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses are examples of patient care technicians. Patient care technician job requirements will vary greatly depending on the job; some will require CNA certification while others will only require a high school diploma. Because of this, patient care technician salary will also vary greatly between positions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent job growth for nursing aides, orderlies and attendants, at 19%.