May 23, 2009
Canadian nurses find success in the U.S.
A greater proportion of Canadian registered nurses working in the United States were employed full-time than their American counterparts, researchers found.
Dr. Linda McGillis Hall of the University of Toronto found that Canadian-educated registered nurses working in the United States had opportunities for ongoing education, enjoyed ease of licensure and more opportunities for full-time employment.
The emigration of Canadian registered nurses to the United States worsens existing shortages in Canada, and creates shortages where none might have existed if these registered nurses had remained, Hall said in a statement.
The study, published in the International Nursing Review, found that:
-- A greater proportion of Canadian registered nurses working in the United States were employed full-time than their American counterparts, or their Canadian counterparts in Canada.
-- A higher proportion of Canadian nurses working in the United States hold graduate degrees, compared with those working in Canada.
-- Canada is viewed as a rich source of young, well-educated nurses with the added advantage of low recruitment costs due to geographic proximity, similar cultures and language.