This article delves into the requirements for international nurses to practice in the U.S. to clear up misconceptions and highlight their significant contributions to the healthcare industry. By understanding the unique challenges and needs of IENs, nurse educators and administrators can make informed decisions, design effective programs, and foster a welcoming and supportive environment.

Addressing Nurse Shortages

Nurse shortages aren’t unique to the United States, but compounding factors have only exacerbated the issue. Among them are an aging U.S. population, a retiring nursing workforce, COVID-19, high stress and burnout, nursing school faculty shortages, and more. Due to increasing demand for nurses, the 2023 CGFNS Nurse Migration Report1 showed a 49% increase in VisaScreen® applications from 2022 to 2023 (and 212% from 2018 to 2023). Other key insights from this report include the following:

  • 85% of VisaScreen® applicants were RNs (14% were clinical laboratory scientists)
  • 61% of VisaScreen® applicants were educated in the Philippines (the next highest concentration was 8% from Canada)
  • 78% of VisaScreen® applicants were seeking permanent resident status
  • 77% of VisaScreen® applicants were from countries that require baccalaureate nursing degrees
Total VisaScreen® Applications Received1