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Career Mobility, Data Collection, Education, Nursing, Emigration and Immigration, Foreign Professional Personnel, Health Care Sector, Health Manpower, Health Policy, Health Services Needs and Demand, Humans, Internationality, Ireland, Nurses, Personnel Selection, Personnel Staffing and Scheduling, Program Development


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This paper presents an analysis of Ireland's recent experience of overseas nurse recruitment. Ireland began actively recruiting nurses from overseas in 2000 and has recruited almost 10,000 nurses, primarily from India and the Philippines since that time. This paper takes a timely look at the Irish experience to date. It reviews the literature on the supply and demand factors that determine the need for, and the international migration of, nurses and presents working visa and nurse registration statistics. This enables the authors to quantify and discuss the trends and scale of recent nurse migration to Ireland from outside the European Union (EU). The paper discusses the data essential for national workforce planning and highlights the deficiencies in the Irish data currently available for that purpose. The paper concludes with a discussion of the implications of Ireland's heavy reliance on overseas nurse recruitment.


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Humphries N, Brugha R, McGee H. Overseas nurse recruitment : Ireland as an illustration of the dynamic nature of nurse migration. Health Policy 2008;87(2):264-72.

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