Where does the Unions stand on Importing Foreign Nurses?

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    Simple question, just wanted to know if Unions stood with the practice of importing foreign nurses into hospitals. Any Union reps out there please feel free to answer as well.
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    Quote from kalevra
    Simple question, just wanted to know if Unions stood with the practice of importing foreign nurses into hospitals. Any Union reps out there please feel free to answer as well.
    Good question. Seems logical they'd be against as there's no advantage to the union to have it's American members displaced with foreign non-union members. Would be interesting to hear from a rep though.
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    Quote from WIN007
    Good question. Seems logical they'd be against as there's no advantage to the union to have it's American members displaced with foreign non-union members. Would be interesting to hear from a rep though.

    Yeah I thought a rep would be crawling around and stumble into this thread maybe I should put it out in the general forum.
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    But then, the union might take the stance that anybody's union dues are welcome.
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    i don't notice that foreign educated nurses are treated differently than those educated in the united states.
    they all passed the boards in english. in my state they may not apply for a license without either proof of being legally eligible to work (visa or green card) or are a citizen.

    my union is led by nurses in elected positions who are from england, the philippines, canada, jamaica, korea, and south africa as well as many different states. probably other places i don't remember off hand.


    here is an article about nurses a few hundred miles from my hospital.
    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/global-fi...s-pinoy-nurses
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    Quote from caliotter3
    But then, the union might take the stance that anybody's union dues are welcome.

    possibly but to do so the foreign nurses would have to get the same pay and benefits as American nurses do. Something tells me that if the healthcare companies had to pay them the same as Americans all interest in having them here would be lost faster than the speed of light.
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    Quote from herring_rn
    i don't notice that foreign educated nurses are treated differently than those educated in the united states.
    they all passed the boards in english. in my state they may not apply for a license without either proof of being legally eligible to work (visa or green card) or are a citizen.

    my union is led by nurses in elected positions who are from england, the philippines, canada, jamaica, korea, and south africa as well as many different states. probably other places i don't remember off hand.


    here is an article about nurses a few hundred miles from my hospital.
    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/global-fi...s-pinoy-nurses

    i think it's great that they would get involved in the union and take leadership positions. it's interesting too that nurses from other countries are standing up for nursing rights here. i'm grateful for that. i also have noticed that phillipine and indian nurses very frequently go on and get msn's. i find that really inspirational. i would be glad to work with top quality professionals wherever they are from and healthcare providers have every right to seek the best of the best.. that's not my issue. my issue is when they are brought here by the boatload specifically displace american nurses by a hospital that wants to get rid of their nurses because they had the nerve to ask for better working conditions. that's wrong. nurses are entitled to a fair return on their investment in education and experience and everyone is entitled to safe working conditions. it really sux when a company can pay hundreds of millions for a manager but can't pay 29 bucks an hour for a nurse.
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    Quote from kalevra
    Yeah I thought a rep would be crawling around and stumble into this thread maybe I should put it out in the general forum.
    there was one at one point I thought, kalevra. I can only guess as I'm not union. I find it an interesting topic given my experience with loads and working conditions and it's intersting to see what different people's experiences have been.
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    Quote from herring_rn
    i don't notice that foreign educated nurses are treated differently than those educated in the united states.
    they all passed the boards in english. in my state they may not apply for a license without either proof of being legally eligible to work (visa or green card) or are a citizen.

    my union is led by nurses in elected positions who are from england, the philippines, canada, jamaica, korea, and south africa as well as many different states. probably other places i don't remember off hand.


    here is an article about nurses a few hundred miles from my hospital.
    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/global-fi...s-pinoy-nurses
    the foreign educated nurses i wrote about have been in california for many years. they are now american citizens.

    i am absolutely against importing nurses from other countries and paying them less than american nurses.
    i don't think the visas for nurses are available right now.
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