SEOUL -- Chung, 38, quit her job last year as a senior nurse at a Seoul hospital where she had worked for eight years. She now has a nursing job at a U.S. military hospital in Pyeongtaek, some 70km south of the capital. Though she makes only about two-thirds as much as she used to, Chung, who wished to be identified only by her last name, said she has no regrets.
"When I worked for the hospital in Seoul, I was given extra tasks after completing my eight-hour shift. I used to put in 12-hour days and had to come to the office on weekends to finish my work."