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‘Emigration is a matter of self-preservation. The working conditions . . . are killing us slowly’: qualitative insights into health professional emigration from Ireland

Overview of attention for article published in Human Resources for Health, May 2015
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Title
‘Emigration is a matter of self-preservation. The working conditions . . . are killing us slowly’: qualitative insights into health professional emigration from Ireland
Published in
Human Resources for Health, May 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12960-015-0022-6
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Authors

Niamh Humphries, Sara McAleese, Anne Matthews, Ruairi Brugha

Abstract

Achieving a sustainable health workforce involves training and retaining sufficient staff to deliver health services. The Irish health workforce is characterised by a high level of emigration of Irish-trained staff and a heavy reliance on internationally trained staff. This paper presents qualitative findings from a mixed-method study of doctors, nurses and midwives who have recently emigrated from Ireland. Using Facebook, this study elicited 556 (388 completed) responses to an exploratory mixed-method online survey in July 2014. Respondents provided rich responses to two free-text questions, one on health worker return (N = 343) and another on health professional emigration (N = 209) from the source country (Ireland). Respondents emigrated because of difficult working conditions in the Irish health system (long working hours, uncertain career progression), which compared poorly with conditions in the destination country. Respondents' experiences in the destination country vindicated the decision to emigrate and complicated the decision to return. Their return to Ireland was contingent upon significant reform of the Irish health system and an improvement in working conditions, expressed, for example, as: 'It's not about the money, it's about respect . . . we love working in medicine, but we love our families and health more' (RD283). This paper highlights that doctors, nurses and midwives are emigrating from Ireland in search of better working conditions, clear career progression pathways and a better practice environment. The question for the source country is whether it can retain and attract back emigrant doctors, nurses and midwives by matching their expectations.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Spain 1 <1%
Ireland 1 <1%
Unknown 131 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 27 20%
Lecturer 19 14%
Researcher 13 10%
Student > Bachelor 13 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 8 6%
Other 26 20%
Unknown 27 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 45 34%
Medicine and Dentistry 25 19%
Business, Management and Accounting 9 7%
Social Sciences 8 6%
Immunology and Microbiology 2 2%
Other 14 11%
Unknown 30 23%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 29. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 01 January 2017.
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