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New Nurses Welcomed by Hospitals, Clinics
Employee Rates of Graduating Nurses Nearly 100%
By Kim Ye-Eun
Student Reporter
Seoul National University Healthcare Gangnam Center

There are a total of 96 four-year nursing colleges in the country. Amongst them are Seoul National University College of Nursing, Yonsei Unversity College of Nursing, Korea University College of Nursing, Ewha Womans University College of Nursing, and Catholic University College of Nursing.

Three-year nursing colleges are numbered at 60 across the nation. They include Seoul Women's College of Nursing, Samyook University Health College, Department of Nursing of Seoil University, and Dongnam Health College.

Once the students majoring nursing graduate, they get employed at nation's major hospitals and clinics including university hospitals.

Unlike other students majoring in other studies, the job employment rate of the nursing school graduates are nearly 100 percent. The average employment rates for other majors however hover over only 50 percent.

When they graduate, the students are required to test a state-run comprehensive examination to get the licence. But the success rates are close to 100 percent for most of the nursing schools and colleges around the nation.

Hospitals most favoured by graduating nurses are Samsung Medical Center, Asan Medical Center, Seoul National University Hospital, Severance Hospital of Yonsei University, and St. Mary's Hospital of Catholic University of Korea.

Other nurses fresh out of college become nursing teachers in high school, nursing officers in the military, and some choose to become public employees.

These days many nurses are turning their eyes to overseas particularly to the United States as American hospitals are still in great need for nursing staff.

Kim Ye-Eun volunteers to serve as honorary student reporter for The Seoul Times. Currently she attends Hyesung Girls' High School in Hagye-dong in Seoul’s Nowon-gu. She also volunteers to take care of elderly people living alone as parts of her extracurricular activities. Her hobbies include reading, watching movies, and listening to classical music.






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