Health nurse - Salary and Career

Health nurse - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They provide patient and/or client care, coordinate, plan actions and audit nursing and/or perfusion services. Nurses implement actions to promote health in the community. Perfusionists perform cardiopulmonary bypass procedures in hospitals. All professionals in this occupational family can conduct research.

How much does an Health nurse earn

A Health nurse earns between $2.385 and $9.350 per month, with an average monthly salary of $4.345 and a median salary of $3.763 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 242 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Health nurse

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 4.345 52.141 1.086 23
1º Quartile 2.385 28.618 596 13
Median Salary 3.763 45.159 941 20
3º Quartile 7.131 85.573 1.783 38
Higher Salary 9.350 112.205 2.338 50

Professional job categories

  • Science and arts professionals
    • professionals of biological sciences, health
      • medical professionals, health
        • nurses

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Main workplaces

Nurses they work in the areas of health and social services. They carry out activities in public and private companies. The vast majority of nurses are registered, while perfusionists can also act as self-employed and employers. Both work as a team, indoors. Nurses work shifts (day/night), except for professionals who work in the Family Health Strategy, who work only during daytime hours and with a workload determined in a specific ordinance. Perfusionists work irregular hours. Nursing professionals are predominantly female, but the number of male professionals has increased in recent years. They are exposed to biological risks and - with the exception of Health and Occupational Nurses - to toxic materials, radiation, contamination by piercing-cutting materials and stress resulting from dealing with human life. Perfusionists work in uncomfortable positions for long periods and under constant supervision.

What does it take to work in the field of Nurses

The training required for nurses is a bachelor's degree and registration in Corem, while for perfusionists, training in a higher education course in the areas of biological or health sciences and a specialization course of 1400 hours is required. The full exercise of activities, for nurses, occurs after one to two years of professional experience, with the exception of those who work in the Family Health Strategy, where there is no requirement for previous experience. To be an expert in the area, it is recommended that the professional first go through different areas of work and later specialize in one of them. In the case of perfusionists, the full exercise of activities occurs after three to four years of professional experience.

Functions and activities of Health nurse

Nurses must:

  • plan nursing actions and/or perfusion;
  • coordinating nursing and/or infusion services;
  • provide patient/client assistance;
  • auditing nursing and/or perfusion services;
  • coordinate nursing and/or infusion services;
  • promote family health;
  • implementing actions for health promotion;
  • providing patient/client assistance;
  • planning nursing and/or perfusion actions;
  • audit nursing services and/or infusion;
  • coordinate nursing and/or perfusion services;
  • audit nursing services and/or perfusion;
  • perform research in nursing and/or perfusion;
  • provide assistance to the patient/client;
  • perform extracorporeal circulation procedure;
  • promoting family health;
  • audit nursing and/or perfusion services;
  • carry out research in nursing and/or perfusion;
  • providing assistance to the patient/client;
  • auditing nursing and/or infusion services;
  • audit nursing and/or infusion services;
  • planning nursing and/or perfusion actions;
  • implement actions for health promotion;
  • audit nursing services and/or infusion;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • perform research in nursing and/or perfusion;
  • planning nursing actions and/or perfusion;

  • Activities

    • performing nursing consultations;
    • facilitate interaction between the acs and ubs professionals;
    • participate in planning activities;
    • check for irregularities related to the assistance provided;
    • check equipment operation;
    • participating in the development of health projects and policies;
    • demonstrate ability to work in a team;
    • preparing reports and documents;
    • identify users' needs;
    • participating in the elaboration of health projects and policies;
    • activate a multiprofessional health team;
    • participate in team evaluations;
    • fill equipment with perfusate(prime or priming);
    • organize study groups;
    • collect data and samples;
    • check stock of blood products and blood components;
    • participating in the planning of actions by community health workers;
    • demonstrate sensitivity;
    • develop technical and scientific works;
    • guiding community participation in educational activities;
    • setting priorities;
    • monitor the clinical evolution of patients;
    • define health promotion strategies for specific situations and groups;
    • demonstrate ability to provide humanized care;
    • guiding the team for infection control in health units;
    • assemble cec set;
    • select materials and equipment;
    • organizing health promotion groups;
    • prescribe medication;
    • participating in the work of multidisciplinary teams;
    • demonstrate manual dexterity;
    • demonstrate quick thinking;
    • define type of equipment and material;
    • prescribe nursing actions;
    • confronting the situation with information from legislation and standards;
    • creating procedure strategies;
    • notify diseases, injuries and situations of local importance;
    • analyze medical records;
    • diagnose the situation;
    • discard used material;
    • demonstrate negotiation skills;
    • develop continuing education programs;
    • collaborate with teaching and research entities;
    • to be responsible for all services provided to the enrolled population;
    • monitor the selection process of nursing and/or perfusion professionals;
    • demonstrate flexibility;
    • reinfuse residual volume of the circuit;
    • identify partners and resources available in the community;
    • administer medication;
    • request exams;
    • identify risk areas;
    • perform myocardial protection(cardioplegia);
    • prescribing medication;
    • dismantle cec set;
    • encouraging community participation;
    • serving users in ubs, homes or community spaces;
    • performing more complex procedures;
    • perform an active search for local situations;
    • evaluating actions of community health workers;
    • investigate irregularities related to the assistance provided;
    • demonstrate self-control;
    • registering activities in information systems;
    • define quality assessment methods;
    • record observations, care and procedures provided;
    • defining health promotion strategies for specific situations and groups;
    • participate in the management of inputs;
    • serve patients/clients at home;
    • promote comprehensive care;
    • capture research funds;
    • define territory of action;
    • updating registration information;
    • change body temperature;
    • developing action projects;
    • provide direct assistance to critically ill patients;
    • participate in continuing education activities;
    • standardize nursing and/or perfusion norms and procedures;
    • analyze data;
    • demonstrate ability to adapt to situations;
    • check the consistency of the nursing record with pathology;
    • calculate drug dosage and arterial flow;
    • define actions according to local priorities;
    • set goals;
    • confront the situation with information from legislation and standards;
    • demonstrate organization;
    • coordinating the care of users;
    • perform exams;
    • mapping area of operation;
    • submit research results for publication;
    • participating in campaigns to combat health problems;
    • request exams;
    • demonstrate ability to interpret verbal and non-verbal language;
    • analyze the assistance provided by the nursing team;
    • guiding community participation in educational actions;
    • apply methods for quality assessment;
    • operate set of circulatory and ventilatory support;
    • survey needs and problems;
    • carry out disease prevention and curative actions;
    • demonstrate attention ability;
    • demonstrate leadership ability;
    • evaluate results;
    • raise research funds;
    • remove circulatory and ventilatory support;
    • monitor work process;
    • evaluate performance of subordinates and peers;
    • identify groups, families and individuals exposed to risks;
    • developing educational material;
    • developing continuing education programs;
    • participating in worker health programs and campaigns;
    • demonstrate ability to listen;
    • interpret hemodynamic and laboratory data;

    Sectors that hire Health nurse the most in the job market

    • hospital care activities
    • general public administration
    • service activities in emergency room and hospital units for emergency care
    • activities of associations for the defense of social rights
    • long stay institutions for the elderly
    • human immunization and vaccination services
    • diagnostic imaging services using ionizing radiation
    • regulation of health, education, cultural services and other social services activities
    • cleaning activities
    • other service activities provided mainly to companies

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