If you are looking to become a nursing practitioner then you are likely to be interested in how much you will be paid. If you are working in the UK, then you will be part of their pay scale. They increase pay depending on years of service within a band structure. Depending on your role, you will be paces in a certain band and you can change bands if you get a promotion, usually if you move into more senior or management roles. A nurse practitioner will tend to start in Band 5 which has a salary range of £22,128 to £28,746 but if they specialise, become a manager or a consultant then salaries could go up to £48,514. There are also additions to this if the work is in or around London with three levels of London weighting between five and twenty percent of the basic salary with a minimum of £1,682 and a maximum of £6,469. Working abroad nurses can get more money, depending one where they choose to work and so if they are prepared to live abroad and an organise a work visa this could be more lucrative.
Often though, people do not go into nursing because of the salary. They like the idea of being able to care for people and look after them. They like the opportunity of working with people all of the time and they have a caring nature as well. Obviously qualifications are needed as well and most nurses start off with a relevant degree. It is important to consider the cost of the student loan and whether you think it will be worth it. It is likely that you will think that it is worthwhile as repayments will be low to start with and as they come out of the tax you are charged they are easy to manage and organise and you will hardly notice them coming out.
As well as salary, there are other benefits of working in the NHS. There is a pension scheme, which should enable nurses to have a good retirement as well as at least 27 days holiday a year which rises to 33 days after ten years’ service. They also have access to counselling, occupation health and other relevant services. They are expected to work a 37.5 hour week but work could be in shifts and across weekends and public holidays. However, shift and out of hours working can come with extra pay and they could be the opportunity to do overtime to earn more. They also allow study leave if you want to do a sponsored course so you can progress your career without having to worry about getting the time off to do so.
So as well as the salary there are other benefits to being a nursing practitioner. These improve with years of service and you also get good holiday and other benefits. However, you do need to have the right personality to work in health care and you need to be prepared to do shift work.