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Current Data of Foreign-Educated Nurses in Italy and the Recognition of Their Professional Qualifications

Caruso, Rosario, PhD, RN; Rocco, Gennaro, PhD, RN, FAAN; Shaffer, Franklin A., EdD, RN, FAAN; Stievano, Alessandro, PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000325
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Up-to-date data on foreign-educated nurses (FENs) in Italy and the recognition of their professional qualifications are pivotal to boost international discussion, and to improve the engagement and involvement of multistakeholders in the nursing profession. Currently, FENs in Italy represent roughly 6% of the total number of registered nurses. FENs are predominantly females between 35 and 54 years old. This article discusses FENs' paths to achieve their professional qualification to practice in Italy. It also offers insights for regulators and stakeholders, such as the need to enlarge the scope of practice for nurses.

Health Professions Research and Development Unit, IRCCS Policlinico San Donato, San Donato Milanese, Italy (Dr Caruso); Centre of Excellence for Nursing Scholarship, OPI Rome, Italy (Drs Rocco and Stievano); CGFNS International, Inc, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Dr Shaffer); and Nursing and Health Policy, International Council of Nurses, Geneva, Switzerland (Dr Stievano).

Correspondence: Rosario Caruso, PhD, RN, Health Professions Research and Development Unit, IRCCS Policlinico San Donato, Via Agadir, 20-24, 20097 San Donato Milanese (Mi), Italy (

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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