UPDATE June 2019 if you are reading this because you need comparison of Nepal and any other country, then maybe you also want to read some tips about learning English: https://wp.me/p1Kwij-rB
This is not complete or comprehensive but I thought I should get it out there. if you can provide info that helps make it more accurate, please email me.
Update Jan 31st 2016
It’s paradoxical that Nepal should have an oversupply of nurses. the market is hard to explain. I guess it’s more like an undersupply of funding for nursing jobs. It’s competitive and it favors the employer. In my view, there are way too many PCL-level programs, and not enough nurses with B Sc education. I believe strongly that B Sc education should be required for critical care positions.
The way the education system is structured is not conducive to staying in one position for long. For example, a PCL nurse can only get into a BN program if they have two years of work experience; this creates turnover in the staff nurse positions as soon as a nurse gets the two years.
An unofficial survey?
I trained 534 nurses this summer, and met about 300 more in various ways. My whole summer project consisted of outreach to nurses. I bet I know more nurses than you do!
So I have access to a lot of people who can answer questions about nursing. before I left Kathmandu I sat down with some nurse-friends and I asked them about the job market. I was specifically interested in nurse wages because a previous blog entry on that topic gets a lot of hits.
so, they told me the “conventional wisdom” of the nursing job market. You may not be familiar with the term “conventional wisdom” – it means that these are things everybody thinks to be true, and they make sense but nobody has really verified anything and nobody can really pin down the source.
SGNHC – pays about 28,000 nrs per month for a staff nurse. a senior nurse makes more. this is a government hospital (see below)
MMCVTVC – part of TUTH – pays 34,000 per month. “the working hours are long” – and more $$$ allowance comes with shift work etc. these are the most desirable jobs in Kathmandu because of this. in summer 2013, TUTH conducted a hiring exam and 2,000 nurses took it, to compete for 25 slots. They interviewed about 200 candidates. “MMCVTVC has lots of public holidays”
(there was a rumor that my course served inadvertently as a prep course for the exam because the government test was weighted heavily toward cardiac. I do know that quite a few of my 2011 students now work there.)
Norvic Hospital – for staff nurse, average is 10,000 nrs per month
Bir Hospital – 17,000 to 18,000 depends on shift.
Om – 18,000 nrs per month
Patan Hospital – 22,000
being a nursing faculty – 12,000 to 13,000 for beginning faculty, this goes higher if the person has experience.
It’s not a scientific survey.
For example, the nurses told me that Grand Hospital is the up and coming place to work since it is modern and funded by an INGO from Thailand.
some of the hospital will expect you to volunteer for a period of up to six months before you can expect to be offered a paid position as a staff nurse.
Some hospitals work with educational consultancies to offer “training” in critical care. a typical one recently was for a six week period and the nurse was expected to pay 24,000 nrs. I was told that these are considered to be a bad deal by most young nurses, and on the nursing FaceBook pages, you can read negative comments about them. “They don’t really teach you anything, there is no classroom theory, you just work alongside the nurses.” The advantage, though, is to have something on your resume that tells a future foreign employer that you have done critical care in Nepal. “a resume is everything and it better be spotless.”
The role of consultancies in nursing is not to be understated. Any nurse going abroad ends up choosing a consultancy. These are big business. Part of Nepal’s development strategy is to promote foreign work, so as to increase remittances to home. There is a Western Union sign about every hundred meters on some streets. all the Western Union offices are there to handle remittance money.
do you disagree? do you wish to correct something?
Nobody wants to make a public comment on any of this. They are afraid of losing their jobs or being blacklisted somehow. If there is anybody who wishes to add to this but do so anonymously, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org