Cabinet okays plan to address nurse shortage
The Executive Yuan has approved a 12-point incentive programme aimed at raising the number of nurses nationwide by providing higher salaries and a sound environment to address an acute workforce shortage.
The programme includes retention and night shift incentives, fostering more nursing personnel, an overhauling of the working environment, and implementing a standard 3-1 patient-nurse ratio per shift.
Under the programme, the ministry will also provide extra incentives for nurses working on the night shift -- NT$400-NT$600 per shift for the evening shift and NT$600-NT$1,000 for the midnight shift.
The incentives will be funded by Taiwan's National Health Insurance programme and is expected to cost around NT$18 billion (US$558 million) per year.
It is also expected to help recruit an additional 67,000-78,000 nurses a year from 2024-2030.