The International Migration and Recruitment of Nurses: Human Rights and Global Justice
Lawrence O. Gostin
Georgetown University - Law Center - O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
Journal of American Medical Association, Vol. 299, pp. 1827-1829, 2008
Georgetown University O'Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law Scholarship Paper No. 9
The international migration of health workers - physicians, nurses, midwives, and pharmacists - leaves the world's poorest countries with severe human resource shortages, seriously jeopardizing the achievement of the U.N. health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Advocates for global health call active recruitment in low-income countries a crime. Despite the pronounced international concern, there is little research and few solutions. This commentary focuses on the international recruitment of internationally educated nurses (IENs) from the perspective of human rights and global justice. It explains the complex reasons for nurse shortages in rich and poor countries; the duties of source and host countries; the human rights of health workers; and offers principles for responsible recruiting, focusing on national and global solutions.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 4
Keywords: nurses, migration, health workers, public health, global health, human rightsAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: September 19, 2008
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