October 8, 2001
Conference tackles workforce shortage
Lailee Mendelson is communications corrdinator for the Office of International Affairs
Nurses form the backbone of health care systems in most countries of
the world, yet there is a widespread and increasing shortage of them.
The Lillian Carter Center for International Nursing will sponsor a conference
Oct. 1519 that will bring together nursing leaders from more than
50 countries to address this workforce shortage and explore ethical ways
to solve it.
There is a global crisis in nursing, said Marla Salmon, dean
of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. The United States
is not alone in its serious workforce challenges. In fact, we are increasingly
part of the problem for developing countries.
Salmon is referring to the practice of affluent nations who recruit nurses
from less developed ones. Lured by higher wages and better working conditions,
more nurses are emigrating to countries like the U.S. and Canada. An example
of the downside of globalization, it is a trend that has had a disproportionate
adverse impact on developing nations.
For example, explained Anne Bavier, assistant dean at the
nursing school, the United Kingdom is short of nurses, so it goes
to its favorite source, which might be Canada, and recruits them. That
leaves Canada short, so Canada goes to Uganda and recruits their nurses.
So what happens to Uganda? They are left without a principal provider
of health care for their people.
Nobody has gained in this scenario, Bavier continued. We
havent increased the number of nurses; weve just shifted them
around. And we may be jeopardizing health care worldwide because the front-line
person delivering health careespecially in developing nationsis
most often a nurse.
Speakers at the conference will address this sort of head-hunting and
the ethics of recruitment, as well as other issues aimed at strengthening
The formal dedication of the Lillian Carter Center for International
Nursing also will take place during the conference. Speakers at the Oct.
18 ceremony, to be held at the Carter Center, will include President Jimmy
Carter and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who will be presented with a humanitarian
Salmon, who once served as government chief nursing officer (CNO) for
the United States, is optimistic about the prospects for international
As former CNO for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
she said, I can attest to the importance of working across governmentscollaborating
and learning from one another.
Faculty trip to Germany
set for May 02
The trip represents a vote of confidence in facultys intellectual
integrity and commitment to life-long learning. Part of Emorys internationalization,
the trip asks faculty who have limited knowledge of a particular country
to grow personally from a rich international experience and to bring reflections
of this experience back to their work at the University. The trip builds
interdisciplinary ties across all of Emorys schools and exposes
faculty to peers and colleagues overseas.
Participants should not be specialists on Germany. Other requirements
include: participation in orientation sessions involving readings; completion
of a demanding itinerary in Germany; and presentation and formal assessment
of the trip upon return. Interested faculty should contact their deans
for information on how to apply.