J Korean Clin Nurs Res.  2020 Apr;26(1):75-85. 10.22650/JKCNR.2020.26.1.75.

Nursing Salary Guideline for Korean Hospitals

Affiliations
  • 1Professor, College of Nursing, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
  • 2Lecturer, Department of Liberal Arts, Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology, Korea
  • 3President, Hospital Nurses Association, Korea
  • 4Professor, Department of Clinical Nursing, University of Ulsan, Korea
  • 5Doctoral Student, College of Nursing, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this study is to develop a nursing salary guideline for Korean hospitals.
Methods
Literature review and a mobile survey were conducted regarding staff nurses’ salary. Regression analysis and simulation model were applied to develop the nurses’ salary guideline.
Results
The United Kingdom, Australia, and Germany have standard salary guidelines which demonstrated the standard salary of nurses. These were determined mainly by nursing experience and expertise. The results of the mobile survey indicated that the maximum to minimum ratio of the salary was as high as 4.5 among staff nurses working in Korean hospitals. Two models (exponential and linear) for a standard nursing salary guideline were developed and the simulation results demonstrated an improved salary structure for staff nurses.
Conclusion
This developed salary guideline for staff nurses is recommended to be applied in Korean hospitals which provide total nursing care services.

Keyword

Nurses; Salary; Wage; Guideline; Registered Nursing Salary
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