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AMN Healthcare, OGPI Endorse AcademyHealth's Code of Conduct for Recruitment of Foreign-Educated Nurses
Date:9/17/2008

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- AMN Healthcare, the largest healthcare staffing company in the United States, and its international division, O'Grady Peyton International (OGPI), today announced AMN's endorsement of a Code of Conduct for the recruitment of foreign-educated nurses to the United States.

A task force, including AMN and OGPI, along with unions, healthcare organizations, educational and licensure bodies developed the "Voluntary Code of Ethical Conduct for the Recruitment of Foreign-Educated Nurses." The Code aims to ensure that the growing practice of recruiting foreign-educated nurses to the United States is done in a responsible and transparent manner.

"As a staffing company, we are committed to meeting the needs of our clients and healthcare providers," said Marcia Faller, RN, MSN, Chief Clinical Officer and Executive Vice President, Operations, for AMN Healthcare. "Part of our meeting those needs is successful recruitment from around the world. That effort is enhanced with tools like the recruitment code that we're endorsing today," she added.

Today, the United States is short about 120,000 nurses and that number is rising. Recruitment of foreign-trained nurses helps shrink that number, but has not closed the gap.

"There are concerns that a rapid increase in international recruiting creates opportunities for unethical behavior," said Patricia Pittman, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of AcademyHealth, who convened the task force and led a recent study of the structure and practices of the U.S.-based international recruitment industry.

The Code of Conduct aims to increase transparency and accountability in international recruitment and ensure adequate orientation programs for foreign educated nurses. It also provides guidance on ways to ensure recruitment is not harmful to the nurses' home countries. The Code is voluntary; health care organizations and recruiters that subscribe are committing to adhere to a
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