Migrant Health Professionals and the Global Labour Market: The Dreams and Traps of Nepali Nurses
This book offers a new and progressive perspective on gender debates in Nepal and analyses how the international migration of the first generation of professional female Nepali nurses has been a catalyst for social change. Through an unprecedented access to study participants in ... read full description below.
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||Emigration and immigration, Labor market, Brain drain, Medical personnel, Foreign, Nursing - Nepal
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This book offers a new and progressive perspective on gender debates in Nepal and analyses how the international migration of the first generation of professional female Nepali nurses has been a catalyst for social change. Through an unprecedented access to study participants in Nepal (source country) and in the UK (destination country), this ethnographic study explores Nepali nurses' migration journeys, relocation experiences and their international migration `dreams' and aspirations. It illustrates how migrant nurses strive to manage social and professional difficulties as they work towards achieving their ultimate migration aims. It also argues that the nursing shortage is a gender issue, on a global scale, and that privatisation within health systems makes the labour market vulnerable and stimulates international recruitment of health professionals. The author argues that international nurse migration is an integral part of the globalisation of health. This book concludes by discussing key policy strategies that are useful for global health workforce management. A well informed and much needed study of nurse migration in the global healthcare market, this book will be of interest to professionals and academics working in nursing studies, health and social care studies, gender and international migration studies, and globalisation in health studies as well as South Asian studies.
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||Based on a rich study of Nepali nurses and their migration journey to the UK, this book makes excellent contributions to the study of gendered migration of healthcare professionals in the context of global health inequalities. Suitably sub-titled as `Dreams and Traps of Nepali Nurses', it offers excellent accounts of experiences, struggles and successes of Nepali female nurses in the UK. Adhikari offers a powerful ethnographic critique of dominant stereotypical representation of Nepali women. It will be of particular interest to those studying migration of healthcare professionals and gender and development. Jeevan R. Sharma, University of Edinburgh Nurse migration and mobility continues to grow in magnitude, and the flows become more varied and complex. The implications for policy at national, regional and global level become ever more pronounced. This book adds new insights into the lived experience of the nurses who move, and in particular it improves our understanding of the dynamics that are in play in Asia, a region, which includes many countries with significant nursing shortages, and the UK, a popular destination country for Asian nurses. James Buchan, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)
Radha Adhikari is a Nepali nurse and an Honorary Fellow at the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh, UK.