I am so tired of the double talk.
Here are portions of a letter in response to the immigration issue from the ANA:
ICN and ANA condemn the practice of recruiting nurses to
countries where authorities have failed to address human
resource planning and problems which cause nurses to leave
the profession and discourage them from returning to nursing.
ANA believes that the U. S. health care industry has failed to
maintain a work environment that is conducive to safe, quality
nursing practice and that retains experienced U.S. nurses
within patient care. Therefore, the practice of changing
immigration law to facilitate the use of foreign educated
nurses is a short term solution that serves only the interests
of the hospital industry, not the interests of patients,
domestic nurses or foreign educated nurses.>
<Finally, ANA strongly opposes two pieces of federal
legislation that would dramatically open U.S. immigration law
to allow for a substantial increase in the number of foreign
educated nurses who could enter the country.
While your concern focuses on foreign educated nurses,
ANA's primary concern lies with a health care industry here in
the U.S. that is abusive to all nurses, foreign and domestic.
ANA seeks to greatly improve the overall working conditions
for all nurses and to ensure that there are adequate
protections in our immigration laws that allow for appropriate
immigration of foreign nurses who are paid and treated the
same as U.S. nurses and do not undermine the U.S. nursing
I hope that this information is helpful to you.
Cheryl Peterson, MSN, RN
Senior Policy Fellow
American Nurses Association>
This is pretty strong language and also pretty straight forward.
Now here where I become confused.
With this statement in hand, we now hear that the ANA is urging everyone to push for immediate legislation on recruiting more nurses into the profession before any of the basic issues have been resolved.
So on one hand they say they do not encourage bringing people in to the health care industry because of the conditions and on the other hand they say they do.
Maybe I missed something in the last few days. Have our problems been resolved? Is there any active legislation which has passed or is close to passing which will wipe out our problems? Have our work place issues disappeared all of a sudden?
So in reality are not both of these ways of dealing with the nursing shortage amount to the same thing. The finding of replacements for the nurses who are objecting to the present working conditions and who have left or are planning to leave before a resolution to our present problems has been successful. Does it not just boil down to which basket you choose to pick from?
Now one thing to also remember, before someone tries to use the argument, is that there has been more than one nurse from the Philippines who has said on this BB that there is not a nursing shortage there. In fact, they have said there is a surplus.
So are the nurses practicing today seen as disposable or not? If we truly are not then why is this kind of legislation being urged before the problems have actually been resolved?
The surveys have already confirmed that there are more than enough nurses in the U.S. to fill all the vacant positions, but because of present working conditions many nurses have chosen to stay away.