In this paper, published in Health Affairs on May 4, Tony Yang, ScD, LLM, MPH, endowed professor in health policy at the George Washington School of Nursing, and his coauthors argue that a more comprehensive approach than recruiting internationally educated nurses is needed to address the US nursing shortage.
The authors identify the challenges internationally educated nurses face in the US, including collegiality, burnout, racism, job restrictions, and structural barriers to employment.
To create a more sustainable and equitable nursing workforce, they make the following recommendations:
The authors conclude that internationally educated nurses play a vital role in the US healthcare system, but relying heavily on their recruitment to address the nursing shortage is like using a "Band-Aid to stop a hemorrhaging wound." It would be more beneficial to focus on retaining existing nursing staff, while creating more equitable and accessible paths to employment for internationally educated nurses, they say.Read More >>