NURSING 3007OL Nursing In An International Context


Nurses are one of the most numerous segments of the medical field, and migration has had an impact on both origin and target nations. Many nations struggle to maintain a consistent availability and requirement for nurses due to continually evolving health care job demands and rivalry for skilled employees. The most common reason for nurses to migrate is unhappiness with their working conditions and standard of living in comparison to the destination nations. On the other side, a lack of nurses in industrialized nations, as well as improved professional and residential circumstances, has culminated in an influx of migrants to these nations (Pung and Goh 2017).


Usually, the nurse migration flow travels predominantly from underdeveloped to developed nations. Remittances to origin nations are increasing as a result of nurse migration. Consequently, the majority of the funds are not returned in the medical sector. While abroad nurses sent enormous quantities of money home, it is insufficient to compensate for the loss of qualified nurses (Walani 2015).

Effects Of Nurse Migration On Healthcare Improvement

The World Health Organization has declared a worldwide medical problem due to a scarcity of health workers (WHO, 2015). For many generations, nations such as Australia have aggressively hired nurses to serve their growing overburdened medical facilities, while others have proactively educated and transferred their residents to meet this need. Nurses who migrate from impoverished to industrialized nations frequently leave them a depleted healthcare infrastructure. The influx of nurses from impoverished countries creates a vicious circle in the healthcare sector. The unfavorable working circumstances and poor pay encourage health professionals to migrate to more affluent nations (Pung and Goh 2017).

For those nurses who stay in the public service, the burden skyrockets, employment conditions degrade, and the degree of pressure nurses face skyrockets (Kingma, 2018). With the transfer of nurses, there is a movement of trained nurses to wealthy nations, creating a skills shortage in the nation and less competent nurses to provide healthcare. If the medical sector is to be enhanced, the legislative organization or lawmakers must implement laws to tackle these difficulties to avoid adverse implications for the medical sector and, by extension, the customers serviced by these institutions (Mar? et al. 2019).

Migration has further exacerbated the difficulties in recruiting and retaining health providers. Scarcity has been shown to raise stress and, as a result, stress among health personnel who stay in the nation (Deasy et al., 2021). There is also a lack of resources in underdeveloped nations that are required to deliver good healthcare to the greater population who accesses treatment at these institutions. Multi-sectoral interaction is required to enhance the medical service (Valizadeh, Hasankhani and Shojaeimotlagh 2016).

Permanent Migration

Financial emigration is the most prevalent form of migration amongst nurses since financial concerns are the most significant cause of clients’ migration. This sort of migration is predicated on possessing more tangible wealth or a greater salary. One of the most significant motivations in this segment is earning income for the economic stability of one’s family. It is not greater economic levels that stimulate migration, but rather better socioeconomic circumstances in the target countries, such as reduced violence rates, sexual equality, and superior families or societal norms (van den Broek and Groutsis 2017).

Australia, with the most difficulties meeting WHO requirements had a significant deficit in its healthcare workforce. Nursing has increasingly become one of the mobile professions in recent years. Thousands of nurses (mainly women) face the hardships of immigration in search of a higher salary, better working circumstances, the fulfillment of personal talents, improved welfare programs, individual protection, or even new experiences and adventures (Valizadeh, Hasankhani and Shojaeimotlagh 2016).

Temporary Migration

In many situations, migrants do not intend to stay in their target locations forever. Several nurses emigrate for a brief period and then depart to their nation after learning the appropriate abilities or doing their missions. Vocational-related emigration is another sort of immigration. In this sort of emigration, the migrant travels to other areas to get fresh experiences and expand his facts and expertise. This type of vacation and immigration is typically undertaken by younger nurses who have recently qualified. Instances involving brief labor agreements might also be classified as brief massive immigration (Paul and Yeoh 2021).

Problems Caused By Nurses’ Migration

Medical migrants are seen as a nation’s intangible capital, and they are culturally, legally, and financially significant. The effects of nurse migration on a nation’s medical sector are difficult to anticipate. The connection between lower tiers of wellbeing and significantly greater tiers of migrants suggests the adverse impacts of these folk’s mass migration on the one side, whereas relocation of nurses may lead to significantly increased inclination of individuals to understand the abilities affiliated with medical care as well as arise in academic reform on the other (Valizadeh, Hasankhani and Shojaeimotlagh 2016). Some governments’ measures for preventing expert nurse migration include impeding the practice of finding work and obtaining a visa. Because a shortage of nurses and a decline in client clinical comfort are not driven by the number of individuals operating in a nation’s clinical sector, setting restrictions on these individuals is not a smart answer. From several decades ago to the present, there has been widespread consensus that the answer to the issue of medical expert emigration should not be found through emigration, but rather through reforms in the socioeconomic and governmental structures (Valizadeh, Hasankhani and Shojaeimotlagh 2016).


According to the report, a shortage of motivating elements, flaws, and errors in the nations of provenance can all lead to emigration. In most circumstances, migration is a private choice made by a person in response to challenges in his or her employment or community. Nurse emigration is a complex subject including a variety of social, vocational, and even governmental motivations and considerations. Only until the compensation and compensation field, as well as labor practices in the healthcare industry, can a satisfactory response to the issue of a shortage of caregivers in the medical framework be found.


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