More foreign-trained nurses leaving countries for jobs in U.S.

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The United States is importing more foreign-trained nurses, according to recent census figures.

Foreign-trained nurses comprised 8.8% of all new registered nurses in the U.S. in 1990. That number jumped to 15.2% in 2000.

A total of 21% of foreign-trained registered workers originated from poor countries, especially from Africa, according to the report, which was published in the American Journal of Public Health.