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International conference - 15-16 April 2013

International conference on “Asian nurses and the global workforce market place” - University of Edinburgh

The conference focuses on the contemporary dynamics of the nursing workforce strategies in four Asian countries: India, the Philippines, Nepal and China. The former two are established producers of nurses for the global labour market, whereas the latter are two new emerging suppliers. Surplus nurses are trained in these four countries with the main policy intention of supplying nurses for the global labour market.
The rationale for choosing these four Asian counties builds upon two observations.  Firstly, the global economic crisis in 2008 contributed to the decline in the demand for international nurses and stimulated restrictive immigration policies by some destination countries, for instance the UK (NMC UK 2009).  Consequently, cross-border mobility of nurses has decreased. However, the impact of this crisis on nurse producing countries is not fully understood. The nursing education business in Nepal, for example, has been expanding, leading to a pool of unemployed nurses in the country (Adhikari 2012).   On the other hand, in the Philippines anecdotal evidence suggests that the number of private nursing schools is declining. Taking into account existing variation between source countries, more in-depth analysis is needed.  Secondly, in the last decade the policy debate on the regulation of cross-border nurse mobility has been actively developing around “ethical recruitment”, and policies such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) Code of Practice (2010), and the English Department of Health’s Code of Practice (2004). Despite this, there is very little research on how these regulations are implemented and reflected upon in source countries.
We invite papers on:
• The current dynamics at the national level impinging on issues of nurse education and the internal nursing job markets in the four source countries of India, the Philippines,  Nepal and China;
• The impact of the global economic crisis on nursing workforce production and cross-border mobility of nurses from these source countries;
• Global, regional and national Codes of Practice (CoPs) and their impact on the cross-border mobility of nurses from these source countries.
We welcome individual abstract submissions of up to 300 words, on the themes listed above.  The closing date for abstract submission is 1st of November, 2012. Abstracts will be selected by the advisory board, and applicants will be notified by the end of November 2012.
We already have a number of confirmed guest speakers from India, China and the Philippines.  If you would like to submit an abstract, or have any other queries please contact the conference organisers: Dr. Evgeniya Plotnikova, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Edinburgh: and Dr. Radha Adhikari: School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh:
Detail information on conference registration will be available in January 2013.


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