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Park and Lee: Career Ladder System Perceived by Nurses



The purpose of this study was to investigate how nurses perceive the Career Ladder System(CLS).


This study was a descriptive survey using questionnaires. Questionnaires were developed by an expert group. Participants included 161 nurses working in the Children's Hospital. The data were analyzed using factor analysis, Cronbach's alpha, descriptive statistics, χ2-test and ANCOVA.


This study revealed that nurses who advanced in their career ladders have a significantly higher perception of participation in their professional activities and a general comprehension of the CLS more than the nurses who did not advance in their career ladders. However, nurses who advanced in their career ladders have a significantly lower perception of the expected outcome of the CLS more than nurses who did not.


This result showed that nurses who had experienced in clinical advancement and recognition were highly motivated with their professional activities via the CLS as well as they considered it to allow professional growth.

Figures and Tables

Table 1
Summary of factor loadings, eigenvalues and percent variance explained for the appraisal tool for career ladder system

*Factor1,2,4,5,6(n)=161, Factor3(n)=74

Table 2
General characteristics of the participants
Table 3
Score of perception of career ladder system by each item
Table 4
Comparison of homogeneity of general characteristics
Table 5
Comparison of perception of CLS between advanced and not advanced

*F-value of ANCOVA with age, working unit and clinical experience as covariates


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