Nurses salary in Kenya: Basic salary, allowances nurses earn monthly

Nurses salary in Kenya
Nurses Salary in Kenya: See how much nurses in Kenya take home every end of the month:

Lowest Earning Nurse-Group G

Basic salary- between Sh. 23,369 and Sh. 29,826.

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Job Group K

Basic salary- Sh. 40,000

Job Group R

Basic Salary- between Sh. 109,089 and Sh. 144,928.

Nurses Allowances 
Nurses in Kenya get a house allowance of Sh. 3,500 with the highest receiving Sh. 15,000.

Extraneous Expenses
Between. Sh. 15,000 and Sh. 35,000 depending on the job group.

Health risk allowance
Between Sh. 3,850 and Sh. 5,000

Uniform allowance
Sh. 10,000 annually

Commuter Allowance
Between Sh. 4,000 and Sh. 14,000 depending on the job group

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Devolved governments in Kenya have taken up health, including hiring and remuneration of health workers including nurses and doctors. The ripple effect of this has been struck with nurses complaining over delayed salary payments and low salaries.

In Kenya, the majority of nurses who form the bulk of the health system are trained by the government’s medical college, Kenya Medical Training College.

In Kenya, you can choose from four different intensive nursing programs. They include;

  • Certificate in nursing
  • Diploma in nursing
  • Higher diploma in nursing
  • Degree in nursing

The Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) has campuses all around the country where students can get a certificate in nursing.

A cumulative KCSE grade of C- or above in a corresponding set of other subjects is necessary. (Subjects that are used to determine combination include English, Kiswahili, Biological sciences, Mathematics, Chemistry and Physical sciences).

Degree in Nursing

If you have a diploma in nursing, it now has the same credentials as a degree in nursing.

However, the following are some of the requirements at Mt. Kenya University, to upgrade to nursing degree:

  • The KCSE cutoff for a passing grade is Division 3, or a C plain
  • Current and valid registration with the Nursing Council of Kenya.
  • Two years’ work experience after graduation as a registered nurse

The following requirements must be met in order to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), or any other public university in Kenya:

Candidates for admission must acquire the necessary minimum grades in K.C.S.E. in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and English or Kiswahili, or the following:

Biological Sciences, Physical Science, Mathematics, English or Kiswahili and one subject from group two of K.C.S.E.

Alternatively, outstanding candidates with diplomas from approved nursing schools may be admitted. These potential applicants must graduate with credits or distinctions from such colleges.

Include a letter from the college’s principal stating that the applicant excelled in the diploma program and has a solid enough grasp of the fundamentals of science to succeed in a degree program.

If you are presently working, your employer must provide a statement in support of your application.

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