Transnational nurse migration: Future directions for medical anthropological research

Megan Prescott, Mark Nichter

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Abstract

Transnational nurse migration is a serious global health issue in which inequitably distributed shortages hinder health and development goals. This article selectively reviews the literature on nurse migration that has emerged from nursing, health planning, and the social sciences and offers productive directions for future anthropological research. The literature on global nurse migration has largely focused on push/pull economic logic and the concept of brain drain to understand the causes and effects of nurse migration. These concepts obscure political-economic, historical, and cultural factors that pattern nurse migration and influence the complex effects of nurse migration. Global nurse care chain analysis helps illuminate the numerous nodes in the production and migration of nurses, and management of this transnational process. Examples are provided from the Philippines and India to illustrate ways in which this analysis may be deepened, refined and rendered more critical by anthropological research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-123
Number of pages11
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Volume107
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2014

Keywords

  • Global nurse care chains
  • India
  • Philippines
  • Transnational nurse migration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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