“I want to see a real nurse!”: Indian Immigrant Nurses in U.S. Urban Safety-net Hospitals and Implications for Health Disparities
Since the U.S. liberalization of immigration policy in 1965, Indian nurses, among other foreign nurses, have been recruited to meet the nursing shortage. Immigrant healthcare providers, such as doctors and nurses, have become a critical source of labor for urban, safety net hospitals with largely underserved, racial and ethnic minority patie
Dr. George has several research interests, which fall under the umbrella of her broader research concern about the intersection of race, class and gender inequities and health disparities. Building on her dissertation work, she is interested in qualitatively studying the medical encounters between clinicians who are international medical graduates and make up 25% of the U.S. medical workforce and their underserved, multiethnic and often immigrant, urban patient populations. She is also interested in the intersections of technology and health – particularly in terms of how minority, urban patients and providers experience new technologies such as telemedicine. Finally, Dr.George is interested in the experiences of and prevention efforts surrounding HIV/AIDS, both domestically and internationally.