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What job pays more when comparing a nurse or hospital administrator?

I know that a nurse can be a director/department head, so if you compare a head nurse with an hospital administrator (one for example admission administrator/director/manager) who would get the better salary? Originally my major is college was pre nursing, but I decided I didn't want to do that because I didn't think nurses got compensated enough for the work they do. I changed my major so that I could go into health care administration instead because I did always want to be behind the scene planning directing implementing etc... I just graduated in December and would be happy being either a nurse or administrator, but since I no longer majored in nursing I am starting to feel as if it would have been more beneficial to become a nurse and then work my way up to an administrative role. My current degree is interdisciplinary studies-health studies and psychology, but I also have a business emphasis/specialization (because of my intent of becoming an administrator), and a bioethics, humanities, and society specialization. I really don’t know where to start (besides the bottom because of my lack experience), what area to go into. I do know that I want to work in the hospital.

Asked By: K - 1/24/2007
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There are varying levels of hospitals and levels of nursing. The larger the hospital generally the greater the incomes. Many administrators come from previous health profesional background ex. Nursing. Most administrators are salary meaning if they make $70,000/yr thats what they get no matter how many hours they put... More
Answered By: rdtubbins - 1/24/2007
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Our hospital administrator was once a nurse. I believe he makes 6 figures which is far more than I could ever think of as a registered nurse.
Answered By: queenmaeve172000 - 1/24/2007
 
A waiter that serve all the star and u get money and soo cool
Answered By: Angelina H - 1/24/2007
 
If only pay is considered a hospital administrator can be paid more
Answered By: rajesh m - 1/24/2007
 
You are comparing middle management positions with a nurse. who knows? but a hospital administrator (the honcho) makes much more than all of them. what, cannot make up your mind which one you will apply for? start low and work up, maybe.
Answered By: STINKER - 1/24/2007
 
A Specialist Nurse in chrge of a Critical Care Unit or a Wing of the Hospital may be drawing more pay than a new comer Administrator. It depends also on whether the Adninistrator is part of the ownersip team.In that case they may fix his pay higher than even specialist Doctors.This is no reflection on the competence or... More
Answered By: cs r - 1/24/2007
 
the nurse
Answered By: Blair H - 1/30/2007
 
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