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Kim, Lee, Jang, Kim, and Chin: Comparison of Working Conditions among Non-regular Visiting Nurses in Public Health Centers based on Their Employment Types



This study is to investigate working conditions including job stress among visiting nurses in public health centers in Korea.


An social network based mobile survey was conducted in May 2017 (N=936, response rate: 47.0%).


The visiting nurses in this study had their average total career as a nurse is 13.7 years. The 68.3% of them were employed in an indefinite term, 17.0% were hired in a fixed term, and 11.0% came from outsourcing. They responded as high job-stress level including inadequate compensation (71.22/100) and job demands (71.91/100). They experienced down-talk (63.4%), swearwords (32.9%), being made a dirty face (39.9%), sexual jokes (30.8%), or being likened or evaluated with their appearance sexually (14.3%). Among the causes of job related conflicts and discrimination, deprived salary level was the most frequent reason (83.4%). The conflicts and discrimination were incurred by government officers (52.4%). There were no significant differences in overall job stress, emotional labor, organizational commitment, violence, and discrimination experience based on their employment types.


The differences in working conditions among the non-regular nurses were trivial, and their overall working conditions were poor. It is necessary to improve non-regular nurses' working conditions in order to make up the limitations of the Korean healthcare system which is centered on hospitals.

Figures and Tables

Table 1

General Characteristics (N=936)

Table 2

Classification by Employment Type on Services and Main Agent (N=927)

Table 3

Comparison of Job Stress by Employment Type


Job stress: Not at all (1), Not (2), Yes (3), Extremely yes (4); Scheffé: p<.05; All means above were converted to 100 points.

Table 4

Comparison of Emotional labor, Turnover Intention and Organizational Commitment by Employment Type


Emotional labor: Not at all (1), Not (2), Usual (3), Yes (4), Extremely yes (5); Turnover intention: Not at all (1), Not (2), Yes (3), Extremely yes (4), Scheffé: p<.05; §Organizational commitment: Not at all (1), Not (2), Mostly not (3), Usual (4), Yes (5), Mostly yes (6), Extremely yes (7).

Table 5

The Violence/ Discrimination or Conflict Experienced of Home Visiting Nurses



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