Certified nurse assistants’ salaries miss goal

By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterThe average monthly salary of certified nurse assistants is only NT$31,417 following the implementation of a new long-term care payment system earlier this year, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said yesterday, but added that he is confident that it would increase within six months. At a meeting of the committee in Taipei yesterday, Chen said that the average monthly salary of certified nurse assistants in January was NT$31,417, falling short of the goal, but added that the ministry would continue efforts to achieve the goal this year. Several lawmakers said many certified nurse assistants have complained that they now earn even less than they did before the new payment system was implemented in January, which changed a time-based pricing mechanism to one based on services provided. How nursing homes, hospitals, adult daycare centers and assisted living facilities split care service income with certified nurse assistants can substantially affect their salaries, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chen Man-li (陳曼麗) said. A survey of 9,421 certified nurse assistants found that 24 percent worked part-time and were paid on a split proceed model, Chen Shih-chung said, but added that the ministry would investigate such cases and increase the number of facility evaluations to discern whether salaries paid to part-time caregivers are reasonable.

March 21, 2018 15:56 UTC