The Dark Side of Importing Nurses: Who Reaps the Benefits and Who Bears the Burden?

1. Increased availability of nurses in areas facing shortages 2. Exposure to cultural diversity and different approaches to healthcare 3. Economic benefits for countries exporting nurses
4. Opportunities for professional growth and career advancement for nurses 5. Improved quality of care and patient outcomes in recipient countries

1. Brain drain and loss of skilled healthcare workers in source countries
2. Ethical concerns related to recruitment practices and potential exploitation of nurses 3. Cultural and language barriers that can impact patient care
4. Dependence on foreign healthcare workers instead of investing in domestic training and education 5. Potential displacement of local nurses and job market imbalance


This compelling series received support from the Pulitzer Center and was created in partnership with Type Investigations, a nonprofit newsroom. The Gertrude Blumenthal Kasbekar Fund and the Puffin Foundation also provided additional support for this project. Read more…