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Skilled International Migration: The Experience of Nurses in the UK


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  • Irene Hardill
  • Sandra Macdonald
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    HARDILL I. and MACDONALD S. (2000) Skilled international migration: the experience of nurses in the UK, Reg. Studies 34, 681-692. This paper reports on a study of the most feminized of professions, nursing. Current shortages of nurses within the UK National Health Service (NHS) have resulted in the recruitment of increasing numbers of overseas-qualified nurses. The study is based on the biographies of overseas-qualified nurses, obtained through in-depth interviews carried out in one case study hospital. Using these personal narratives, this paper illuminates the complex interweaving of economic and non-economic factors involved in migration decisions. Most nurses migrated as solos, experienced downward occupational mobility, and are used as a temporary stop-gap to fill labour shortages. HARDILL I. et MACDONALD S. (2000) La migration internationale des ouvriers qualifies: etude de cas des infirmieres britanniques, Reg. Studies 34, 681-692. Cet article fait un compte-rendu d'une etude de la profession la plus feminisee, asavoir la profession d'infirmiere. La penurie d'infirmieres actuelle au sein des services de santebritanniques (National Health Service; NHS) a entra L ne le recrutement des infirmieres de plus en plus nombreuses qui ont obtenu le diplome al'etranger. L'etude est basee sur les biographies des infirmieres qui ont obtenu leur diplomea l'etranger, et proviennent des interviews detaillees effectuees aupres d'un seul hopital qui s'est servi d'etude de cas. A partir de ces histoires personnelles, cet article cherche aeclairer l'ensemble des facteurs economiques et non-economiques entrelaces, impliques dans la decision d'emigrer. La plupart des infirmieres ont emigretoutes seules, ont eprouvele declassement, et ont ete employees en tant que bouche-trou temporaire afin de combler le deficit. HARDILL I. und MACDONALD S. (2000) Internationale Wanderung von Fachkraften: Erfahrungen von Krankenschwestern in Grossbritannien, Reg. Studies 34, 681-692. Dieser Aufsatz berichtet uber eine Studie der weiblichsten aller Berufsstande, der Krankenpflege. Der gegenwartige Mangel an Krankenschwestern im staatlichen Gesundheitsdienst (NHS) Grossbritanniens hat zur Rekrutierung einer wachsenden Anzahl von Krankenschwestern gefuhrt, die ihre Qualifikation im Ausland erworben haben. Die Studie stutzt sich auf die Biographien im Ausland qualifizierter Krankenschwestern, die in eingehenden Interviews in einem fur diese Fallstudie gewahlten Krankenhaus aufgenommen wurden. Mit Hilfe dieser personlichen Schilderungen erhellt der Aufsatz die komplexe Verschlingung wirtschaftlicher und anderer Faktoren, die bei Entscheidungen, auszuwandern, eine Rolle spielen. Die meisten Krankenschwestern wanderten allein aus, stellten abnehmende berufliche Beweglichkeit fest und spielen zeitweilige Luckenbusser, wo Mangel an Arbeitskraften herrscht.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Regional Studies.

    Volume (Year): 34 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 7 ()
    Pages: 681-692

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    Keywords: Skilled Migration; Professional Regulation; Labour Market; Careers; Recruitment Agencies;


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    1. J V Beaverstock, 1996. "Subcontracting the accountant! Professional labour markets, migration, and organisational networks in the global accountancy industry," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 28(2), pages 303-326, February.
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    1. Paul Frijters & Michael A. Shields & Stephen Wheatley Price, 2004. "Investigating The Quitting Decision Of Nurses:Panel Data Evidence From The British National Health Service," Paul Frijters Discussion Papers 2004-4, School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology.
    2. Chris Manning & Alexandra Sidorenko, 2006. "The Regulation of Professional Migration in ASEAN - Insights from the Health and IT Sectors," Departmental Working Papers 2006-08, The Australian National University, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics.
    3. Maureen Mackintosh & Kwadwo Mensah & Leroi Henry & Michael Rowson, 2006. "Aid, restitution and international fiscal redistribution in health care: implications of health professionals' migration," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 18(6), pages 757-770.
    4. Ann Issac & Nirmalya Syam, 2010. "Migration of Health Care Professionals from India: A Case Study of Nurses," Working Papers id:2403, eSocialSciences.


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