Characteristics of Internationally Educated Nurses in the United States

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Executive Summary▸ As a result of recruitment efforts to supplement the U.S. nursing workforce, Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) now account for nearly 100,000 or 3.7% of the total nursing workforce.▸ In comparison to the demographics of nurses trained in the United States, IENs tended to be younger, unmarried, and concentrated in urban areas.▸ While 30% of U.S.-trained nurses (USNs) are baccalaureate prepared, 38% of IENs are baccalaureate prepared.▸ IENs were more likely to work full time in nursing, work more hours per year, and have more years of nursing experience than USNs resulting in IENs earning significantly higher annual salaries than USNs.▸ While IENs currently account for a small portion of the workforce, they are experienced and productive nurses who are likely to grow in numbers in the face of the ongoing shortage.

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