voluntary code of ethical conduct for the recruitment of foreign-educated nurses
to the united states
signers: virginia alinsao
the following voluntary code of ethical conduct for the recruitment of foreign-educated nurses to the united states (the code) reflects the mutual recognition of stakeholder interests relevant to the recruitment of foreign educated nurses (fens) to the united states. it is based on an acknowledgement of the rights of individuals to migrate, as well as an understanding that the legitimate interests and responsibilities of nurses, source countries, and employers in the destination country may conflict. it affirms that a careful balancing of those individual and collective interests offers the best course for maximizing the benefits and reducing the potential harm to all parties.
while the code acknowledges the interests of these three primary stakeholder groups, its subscribers are the organizations that recruit and employ foreign educated nurses, e.g., third party recruiting firms, staffing agencies, hospitals, long-term care organizations and health systems. for the purposes of the code, “recruiters,” refers to those who contract with an fen in a source country in order to facilitate their migration to the united states and their placement in health care employment. “employers” refers to those health care organizations that employ fens in the united states. some entities provide both services, i.e., a health care employer may engage in direct recruitment and a recruiter may employ fens under a staffing agency model in which the agency employs and contracts nurses to healthcare organizations on a short- or long-term basis. where recruitment and employment services are the shared responsibility of two or more entities, each will be responsible for ensuring ethical conduct throughout the process.
recruitment and employment organizations that subscribe to the code voluntarily agree to comply with specific minimum standards, as specified in part i of the code, and to strive to achieve the best practices, as described in part ii of the code. subscription to the code also implies full cooperation with the monitoring system that will be developed by a representative board of directors......
johns hopkins health system geraldine bednash
american association of colleges of nursing james bentley
american hospital association lolita compas
new york state nurses association paul foster
o’grady peyton international sara gabriel
national association of indian nurses of america lawrence gostin
georgetown university law center kathy harris
national council of state boards of nursing joanne joyner
university of the district of columbia joni ketter
georgetown university carla luggiero
american hospital association
hcca international rosario-may mayor
philippine nurses association of america bruce morrison
morrison public affairs group john monahan
georgetown university law center
commission on graduates of foreign nursing schools patrick page
st. johns healthcare development network, inc.
patrick j. page, attorney at law, ltd. judith pendergast
hammond law group cheryl peterson
american nurses association patricia pittman
academyhealth michele sacco
the joint commission shari sandifer
american association of international healthcare recruitment franklin shaffer
cross country healthcare, inc. valerie tate
nurse alliance of seiu
capacity project, intrahealth international