Human Science Grad Publishes on Nurse Migration

JANUARY 9, 2013 - A new article by a human science alumnus looks at policies that have been developed to address nurse workforce migration in the Philippines.

Roland Dimaya (NHS'09), MPH, is corresponding author of "Managing Health Worker Migration: A Qualitative Study of the Philippine Response to Nurse Brain Drain," which appeared in Human Resources for Health, a journal published in collaboration with the World Health Organization.

"The emigration of skilled nurses from the Philippines is an ongoing phenomenon that has impacted the quality and quantity of the nursing workforce, while strengthening the domestic economy through remittances," the authors say.  "This study examines how the development of brain drain-responsive policies is driven by the effects of nurse migration and how such efforts aim to achieve mind-shifts among nurses, governing and regulatory bodies, and public and private institutions in the Philippines and worldwide."

A Growing Interest

Dimaya's interest in this area began during his undergraduate years at the School of Nursing & Health Studies.  Upon graduation, he earned a master's degree at Yale School of Public Health and is now a medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

To gather data for this article, interviews and focus group discussions were conducted to gather perspectives on the country's response to the "brain drain."

"Interviews with key informants from the nursing, labour and immigration sectors explored key themes behind the development of policies and programmes that respond to nurse migration," the authors write.  "Focus group discussions were held with practising nurses to understand policy recipients' perspectives on nurse migration and policy."

Findings

Using the data, the researchers developed a thematic framework to capture the participants' perceptions.

"The framework demonstrates that policymakers have recognised the complexity of the brain drain phenomenon and are crafting dynamic policies and programmes that work to shift domestic and global mindsets on nurse training, employment and recruitment," the authors say.

Other authors are Mary K. McEwen of the Division of Public Health in Alaska's Department of Health and Social Services, and Leslie A. Curry, PhD, MPH, and Elizabeth H. Bradley, PhD, of Yale School of Public Health.

By Bill Cessato