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Nurs Outlook. 2014 Jan-Feb;62(1):53-8. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2013.11.003. Epub 2013 Nov 14.

Waiting and watching: Nurse migration trends before a change to the National Council Licensure Examination as entry to practice for Canada's nurses.

Author information

1
Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Electronic address: l.mcgillishall@utoronto.ca.
2
School of Nursing, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA.
3
School of Nursing, College of Social Sciences, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA.
4
Division of Health Care Environments, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nursing, Chapel Hill, NC.
5
Department of Health Policy and Management, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

A number of factors in the health care environment, including a change in regulatory policy, may affect a country's nursing workforce and nurse migration and mobility.

PURPOSE:

This study compared the characteristics of Canadian-educated nurses who had migrated to the United States to work with their colleagues in the United States and Canada in anticipation of a change in Canada's RN entry to practice requirements in 2015.

METHODS:

We conducted a retrospective comparative study of nurses in Canada and the U.S. using 2008 data from the US National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses and the Canadian Institute of Health Information.

DISCUSSION:

There was little change in the number of Canadian-educated nurses working in the United States in 2008 compared with 2004. We found differences between U.S. nurses and Canadian-educated nurses working in the United States in educational level, work status, work location, and age. No differences were found between Canadian-educated nurses working in the United States and those working in Canada.

CONCLUSIONS:

This research highlights the value of international comparisons of the nursing workforce, especially in the context of anticipated regulatory changes, which may affect a country's nursing health human resources.

KEYWORDS:

National Council Licensure Examination; Nurse migration; Nurse mobility; Regulation

PMID:
24345616
DOI:
10.1016/j.outlook.2013.11.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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