Registered Nurse Salary in Kenya 2020

Nurse salary in Kenya

Registered Nurse Salary in Kenya in 2020. Just how much does a nurse in Kenya earn each month? This is a question that you might be asking yourself.

The reason behind this is either you are an aspiring nurse, or you want to have a glimpse of what should be clocking your bank account after every 30 days of work.

Well, you are in the right place. I will take you through a registered nurse salary in Kenya, including allowances and other essential aspects you should know about nursing.

Let’s dive in.

Job Description: Nurse

So who is a nurse? A nurse is a person who gives care to patients. He/she helps in managing physical needs, treating health conditions, and illness prevention.

A nurse achieves all the above by constantly monitoring patients while recording any essential and relevant information that will be used by doctors in the treatment process and decision-making.

That’s how important and valuable nurses are. A nurse can work either in the public sector, receiving payments from the government or in the private sector that is private hospitals and nursing homes.

Registered Nurse Salary in Kenya Breakdown

A nurse in the private sector, according to what the hospital or nursing home is willing to pay. On the other hand, nurses working for the government get salaries and other allowances from the government.

Their bodies Kenya National Union of Nurses KNUN and National Nurses Association of Kenya NNAK, have been at the forefront in ensuring nurses are paid fairly and on time.

Private Sector

Average Salary: 40.345- 44,923

Public Sector

Job Group R

Basic Salary: 136,256- 144,926

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Job Group K

Basic Salary: 40,239

Job Group G

Basic Salary: 21,368

Job Group K

Basic Salary: 40,239

Nurse Salary Allowance

Yes, nurses also have allowances thanks to the unions who have been working tirelessly to ensure nurses enjoy other benefits apart from their basic salaries. Below is a breakdown of a nurse’s allowances.

House Allowance

Basic Amount: 3,500- 15,000

Extraneous Expenses Allowance

Basic Pay: 20,000- 40,000

Health Risk Allowance

Basic Pay: 8,850

Uniform Allowance

Annual Pay: 25,000

Transport Allowance

Basic Pay: 15,000- 25,000

Career Outlook

Employment of registered nurses in Kenya is projected to grow steadily at the rate of 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for other fields.

Growth will occur due to the increasing rates of chronic conditions, an increased emphasis on preventive care, and demand for healthcare services from the ever-increasing population in Kenya.

Qualifications to be a Nurse in Kenya

To be qualified, you must be a registered member of the Nursing Council of Kenya. This is a body that has a mandate of regulating standards of nursing & midwifery education and practice in Kenya. The following is what you need in order to be a qualified nurse in Kenya.

Registration Requirements For Nurses/Midwives Trained In Kenya

  1. Basic BSCN must complete a 1-year internship (MOH or self-sponsored) for the four categories of BScN.
  2. KRCHN (B) to BScN graduates shall make a direct application for registration and don’t require to go for an internship.
  3. Provide result slip, online application, and payments for registration and license.
  4. RN to BScN graduates proceeds for 27 weeks of self-sponsored internship in midwifery and community health nursing.
  5. RN/M to BScN graduates proceeds for 15 weeks of self-sponsored internship in community health nursing.
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Registration of Nurses Trained Outside Kenya

  1. Meet NCK minimum entry criteria for the nursing/midwifery program done abroad: –
  2. Pathway 1 meets NCK minimum entry criteria O-level mean grade, with cluster subjects.
  3. Pathway 2 meets NCK minimum entry criteria O-level mean grade, without cluster subjects.
  4. Must have completed the nursing/midwifery program, registered and licensed by the country of training, and present original certificate and license.

Responsibilities of a Nurse

  1. Administer medications and treatments
  2. Advocate for health and wellbeing of a patient
  3. Collaborate with team to plan for patient care
  4. Educate patients about the management of illnesses
  5. Monitor patient health and record signs
  6. Operate medical equipment
  7. Perform diagnostic tests
  8. Provide support and advice to patients
  9. Record medical history and symptoms

Critical Skills Required

  1. Attention to Detail
  2. Communication
  3. Compassion
  4. Critical Thinking
  5. Cultural Awareness
  6. Professionalism
  7. Time Management

Potential Employers

  1. Government- Public hospitals, clinics, dispensaries and pharmacies
  2. Private hospitals
  3. Nursing homes

Tips to Get a job

  1. Ensure you do well both academically and practically
  2. Have a well-crafted CV
  3. Engage in voluntary programs in local hospitals and dispensaries

Author: Bob Kipkoech

I write to help people see life in a bigger picture.