[Excerpt from publisher] The Nurse Wage Questionnaire was sent to 11 National Nurses' Associations, members of the ICN International Workforce Forum. Reponses were received from Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Most of the data throughout this analysis is presented in Purchasing Power Parity, or PPP. A PPP is a number that standardizes currency in order to facilitate international comparison. Purchasing power is equal when the ratio between countries' price level of a 'fixed basket of goods and services' is equal. In this analysis, PPPs will be used to represent wages and are a proxy for standard of living.