SAN DIEGO, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- AMN Healthcare, the largest
healthcare staffing company in the United States, and its international
division, O'Grady Peyton International (OGPI), today announced AMN's
endorsement of a Code of Conduct for the recruitment of foreign-educated
nurses to the United States.
A task force, including AMN and OGPI, along with unions, healthcare
organizations, educational and licensure bodies developed the "Voluntary
Code of Ethical Conduct for the Recruitment of Foreign-Educated Nurses."
The Code aims to ensure that the growing practice of recruiting
foreign-educated nurses to the United States is done in a responsible and
"As a staffing company, we are committed to meeting the needs of our
clients and healthcare providers," said Marcia Faller, RN, MSN, Chief
Clinical Officer and Executive Vice President, Operations, for AMN
Healthcare. "Part of our meeting those needs is successful recruitment from
around the world. That effort is enhanced with tools like the recruitment
code that we're endorsing today," she added.
Today, the United States is short about 120,000 nurses and that number
is rising. Recruitment of foreign-trained nurses helps shrink that number,
but has not closed the gap.
"There are concerns that a rapid increase in international recruiting
creates opportunities for unethical behavior," said Patricia Pittman,
Ph.D., Executive Vice President of AcademyHealth, who convened the task
force and led a recent study of the structure and practices of the
U.S.-based international recruitment industry.
The Code of Conduct aims to increase transparency and accountability in
international recruitment and ensure adequate orientation programs for
foreign educated nurses. It also provides guidance on ways to ensure
recruitment is not harmful to the nurses' home countries. The Code is
voluntary; health care organizations and recruiters that subscribe are
committing to adhere to a series of practical standards and to emulate best
The Code evolved from the recognition that there is no single cause for
the nursing shortage and that there are diverse solutions to ensure
supportive, productive work environments for all nurses in the United
"The nursing workforce shortage is a very real problem and our
association is working to improve the situation on a number of fronts,"
says Linda J. Stierle, MSN, RN, CNAA, BC, and CEO of the American Nurses
Association. "In the meantime, we want to be sure that our colleagues who
are recruited internationally are treated fairly and are also properly
educated and trained. That, we believe, is in the interest of all nurses
and the public we serve. ANA supports this important effort to establish a
code for international recruitment."
The Code has been endorsed by these and a number of other groups,
including the American Organization of Nurse Executives, AFT Healthcare,
the Service Employees International Union, the American Hospital
Association, the American Association of International Healthcare
Recruitment, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the American
Health Care Association, and the National Association for Home Care and
A copy of the Code of Conduct, list of endorsing organizations and
background study are available at
http://www.fairinternationalrecruitment.org. The initial research and
resulting task force initiative were funded through a grant from the John
D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The MacArthur Foundation supports
creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more
just, verdant, and peaceful world. AcademyHealth, in partnership with the
O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown
University, facilitated the consensus-building process.
AcademyHealth is the professional home for health services researchers,
policy analysts, and practitioners, and a leading, non-partisan resource
for the best in health research and policy. AcademyHealth promotes
interaction across the health research and policy arenas by bringing
together a broad spectrum of players to share their perspectives, learn
from each other, and strengthen their working relationships.
About AMN Healthcare
AMN Healthcare is the largest healthcare staffing company in the United
States and the leading nationwide provider in all four of its business
lines: travel nurse staffing, locum tenens staffing (temporary physician
staffing), physician permanent placement services and allied staffing. AMN
Healthcare recruits healthcare professionals both nationally and
internationally and places them on variable lengths of assignments and in
permanent positions at acute-care hospitals, physician practice groups and
other healthcare settings throughout the United States. For more
information, visit http://www.amnhealthcare.com.
SOURCE AMN Healthcare