Why do nurses migrate? – a review of recent literature

Bonner, Ann, Dywili, Sophia, & O'Brien, Louise (2013) Why do nurses migrate? – a review of recent literature. Journal of Nursing Management, 21(3), pp. 511-520.

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Aim  To identify the reasons why nurses continue migrating across international borders.

Background  International nurse recruitment and migration have been increasing in the last decade and recent trends show an increase in the movement of nurses between developing and developed countries, resulting in a worldwide shortage of nurses.

Methods  A manual and electronic database literature search was conducted from January 2004 to May 2010. Qualitative content analysis was completed for the final 17 articles that satisfied the inclusion criteria.

Results  Motivators to nurse migration were linked to financial, professional, political, social and personal factors. Although economic factors were the most commonly reported, they were not the only reason for migration. This was especially evident among nurses migrating between developed countries.

Conclusion  Nurses migrate for a wide variety of reasons as they respond to push and pull factors.

Implications for nursing management  It is important for nurse managers in the source countries to advocate incentives to retain nurses. In the recipient countries the number of international nurses continues to increase implying the need for more innovative ways to mentor and orientate these nurses.

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ID Code: 47626
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Nurse migration, Overseas, Push/pull factors
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2011.01318.x
ISSN: 1365-2834
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Copyright Statement: The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com
Deposited On: 13 Dec 2011 01:46
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 15:20

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