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Nursing qualification and workforce for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Economic Community

Citation for this: Efendi, F., Nursalam, N., Kurniati, A.: Nursing qualification and workforce for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Economic Community

International nurse migration among Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries has the potential to increase the effectiveness of health services and access for the ASEAN Economic Community. Providing equivalent nursing qualifications and licensure standards and increasing the availability of the nursing workforce has become a challenge for ASEAN members. The purpose of this study is: 1) to comparatively analyze information on nursing licensing examinations (NLE) across ASEAN countries; and 2) to present information on the human resources required for a successful nursing workforce. This study reviews all documents published on the subject within the ASEAN Economic Community. NLE systems exist in all ASEAN Member States (AMSs)s except Brunei, Vietnam, and Lao PDR. Nursing education systems also vary across ASEAN countries. Language as a means of general communication and nursing examinations also differs. The availability of a qualified health workforce at the regional level is above the threshold in some areas. However, at the national level, Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Lao PDR fall below the threshold. Professional licensure requirements differ among ASEAN nurses as a part of the process to become a qualified nurse in host and source countries.Mutual Recognition Agreements on nursing services should address the differences in NLE requirements as well as the availability of nurses.
KEYWORDS: ASEAN Economic Community, nursing qualification, nursing workforce

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SILVER SPRING, MD – The American Nurses Association (ANA) commends President Obama
for including vital investments in nursing education and retention programs in his fiscal year (FY)
2012 budget. The Obama administration has demonstrated its commitment to strengthening the
health care system with a 28 percent increase for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development
Programs. These vital programs serve to recruit new nurses into the profession, promote career
advancement within nursing, and allocate nurses to critical shortage areas.
“It’s heartening to see the Obama administration continues to recognize the invaluable contribution
that nurses make in the delivery of care,” said ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, MPH, RN,
FAAN. “This proposed budget represents a substantial commitment to addressing the nursing
and ensuring access to care for all. Increased funding for Title VIII programs is vital to
reducing avoidable complications associated with the nursing shortage—saving lives and reducing
health care costs.”
ANA recognizes the difficult task lawmakers face in these economic times. However, ANA has
consistently asserted that health care should never be a political or partisan issue. That is why ANA
will continue to advocate for programs that address the current nursing workforce shortage and serve
to meet the health care demands of our nation. To learn more about ANA’s advocacy on nursing
workforce, please visit, www.nursingworld.org.