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Fall 8-8-1962


The problem was to determine whether, in a hospital where job evaluations were done, (l) nursing service salaries had increased; (2) the salary in creases were comparable to increases for non-nursing positions; and (3) the in creases were a result of the job evaluation program. The study was done at the University of Colorado Medical Center where job analysis and job evaluation studies had been made in 1948 and 1957. Beginning salaries of six nursing service positions and twelve non-nursing positions for the years 1952 to 1962 were studied and compared. Each of the non-nursing positions had received the same beginning salary as the nursing service positions with which they were compared at some time during the ten-year period studied. The historical review of the changes in beginning salaries for nursing service and non-nursing positions showed that nursing service salary increases were not comparable to increases in salaries for non-nursing positions. The study of the job evaluation program revealed that all nursing service positions studied were compensated at a rate lower than the evaluated worth of the positions while only one of the non-nursing positions studied was compensated at a wage lower than the evaluated worth of the position. Several non-nursing positions were compensated at a rate higher than the evaluated worth at the time of evaluation yet were granted salary increases following the evaluation. The findings indicated that job evaluation would have led to increased beginning salaries for nursing service positions if the hospital had based the salaries upon the evaluation. However, a community wage survey was the deciding factor in the wage determination for both nursing and non-nursing positions.