Overseas Recruitment: Experiences of Nurses Immigrating to Newfoundland and Labrador

Lay Summary 

Objectives of research:

1. To capture the history of nursing in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) as related through the stories of nurses who immigrated to NL to practice nursing in a variety of settings throughout the province. Why did they come to the province? Why did they opt to stay? Where did they settle?

2. To have these nurses relate personal stories about their work experience in NL throughout their nursing career. Where did they practice?

3. What were the challenges they faced in their nursing practice? How did nursing practice in NL compare to that of their own country? How did they adapt?

4. To preserve this record of nursing history in the Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

The primary goals of this research was to document the experience of immigrating to and working in NL from the perspective of those recruited, to explore the challenges of overseas recruitment and to preserve this record of nursing history. Forty nurses who immigrated to Newfoundland and Labrador between the early 1950s and late 1990s and practiced in all regions and settings were interviewed. Participants were asked to recollect their immigration experience and while individual recollections may not always be accurate, the investigators accepted the participants’ stories as reflecting their reality. Where possible, employers involved in out-of-country recruitment and individuals from the professional association involved in licensing these nurses were also interviewed to obtain a broader perspective of the issues and to create a context for these nurses’ stories.

School of Nursing
School Of Nursing Research Grant
ARNNL Research Award
Associated Medical Services Development Grant (conditionally Accepted)
St. John's
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nurses and Nursing
Health Professionals
Community Development
Industry Sectors 
Health Care and Social Assistance
Start date 
1 Jan 2007
End date 
31 Dec 2016