Overseas nurses: the career opportunities are there, but what about long-term support?
It’s up to recruiting organisations to provide both – and do it ethically
The UK has a long and largely successful history of recruiting nurses from overseas and integrating them into the NHS.
Freedom for nurses to move between countries is an important right that the International Council of Nurses (ICN) supports. But when you look at the factors that ‘push’ nurses to migrate and ‘pull’ them toward certain countries, there can be power imbalances that create the potential for discrimination, unequal treatment and – at worst – exploitation.
Ethical guidance is there to protect nursing staff
That is why clear, ethically grounded guidance that ensures fairness and respect is so important to protect nurses.
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