City to Develop New Measures to Increase Pay of Nurses

City to Develop New Measures to Increase Pay of NursesCity health officials are developing new measures that will increase the pay of contractual nurses that are often paid less that their co-workers that are doing similar tasks.  The director of the city’s public hospital management center Luo Lexuan said that the center will be directing hospitals to complete and implement a new payroll and human resource system that will gradually improve pay equality and fairness to nurses.

Public hospitals in the city hire nurses either as a budgeted or contractual employee. Usually budgeted employees get higher pay than those hired as contractual ones when they are doing the same work load. One hospital in the city has more than 800 nurses and half of that are contractual and are receiving lower pay than those of their budgeted co-workers. Some nurses have heavy workload and are highly valued but some usually leave the hospital due to unequal pay.

By the end of last year there are more than 34,000 registered nurses in Shenzhen which is a 13 percent increase from 2011, and the city still needs at least 20,000 more. And even with the city matching the standard of two nurses per 1,000 people set by the World Health Organization, uneven pay led to the instability in top hospitals in the city.

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