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The Professional International Role of Nurses
A review of the role of the nurse in the global context.
# 152995 | 1,417 words | 6 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 01, 2013 in Medical and Health (Nursing) , Economics (Globalization) , Hot Topics (Immigration)

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The paper begins by addressing the role of the nurse and discussing how globalization has expanded this role from a national to a global one. The paper describes how she has become a front-line provider in the global village where she confronts limited healthcare services and she must also promote health as well as contribute to social justice for all. The paper then considers the impact of the nursing shortage and explains that a shortage of nurses vacancies, resignations, projected retirements and the decline in enrollment is going to pose a threat to the nursing workforce in the coming years. The paper also discusses the internationally educated nurse (IEN) and relates that she has been and will continue to be an essential part of the health care workforce in the US and in the rest of the world. The paper notes that migration by nurses has become a major symbol and inevitable outcome of globalization and the 21st century and predicts that this trend will continue.

An Evolved Role
Impact of the Shortage of Nurses
Impact of Master's Prepared Nursing and Migration

From the Paper:

"The shortage of nurses has been a global phenomenon but, for the first time in the history of nursing, nurses have been retiring at a faster rate than new nurses could move in and replace them (Watson, 2002). Many believe that this continuing shortage would persist unless and until a major overhaul of the US health care system is made. The National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses estimated the population of licensed Registered Nurses or RNs in March 2000 at 2,696,540, 58% of whom were employed full time. The average age of nurses was 45.2 years old and only 31% of their population was under 40. Critics projected that the increase in the number of retiring RNs and the aging US population would result in a greater demand for nurses in the face of a rising number of patients needing health care professionals, particularly nurses. The shortage was most significant and acknowledged for hospital peri-operative services, which, Gallup Organization surveys said, averaged 1.4 unfilled full-time positions. Surveyed hospitals said that these resulted in vacancies, cancellation of elective procedures and closure of operating rooms. The average age for peri-operative nurses was 47, so that the shortage was projected to get worse because of the decreasing number of nurses who would replace those retiring (Watson)."

Sample of Sources Used:

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