Thematic Areas

Task Force for Ethical Recruitment of Foreign-Educated Nurses

The Issue in Brief

The O’Neill Institute partnered with AcademyHealth to assist a group of diverse stakeholders in crafting a voluntary code of conduct for recruitment of foreign-educated nurses by United States employers. Specifically, the O’Neill Institute chaired task force meetings in which U.S. companies and hospitals that currently recruit foreign-educated nurses examined strategies for reducing the harms and maximizing the benefits for the United States, source countries, and nurses interested in migration.

The O’Neill Institute helped facilitate a consensus-building process with recruiters, hospitals and foreign trained nurses and drafting “standards of practice” for consideration by the task force members. Task force members included distinguished Georgetown faculty such as Katherine Leonhardy (NHS), Sheila Burke (Distinguished Visitor, O’Neill Institute), and Andrew Schoenholtz (Center for Study of Migration).

Selected Project Resources

Voluntary Code of Ethical Conduct for the Recruitment of Foreign-Educated Nurses to the United States.

Lawrence O. Gostin, The International Migration and Recruitment of Nurses, JAMA, 2008; 299: 1827-1829.

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