I am a 'foreign nurse'....an American living in Saudi Arabia and working for an oil company hospital. We have nurses from everywhere here....Canada, Phillipines, So. Africa, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, India, Poland, China,.... Overall, there is a difference in the way 'western' vs. 'eastern/asian' nurses are trained. There is more emphasis on tasks and not as much on autonomy and accountability among Asian nurses. This is not to say they are not good nurses....they are! They just have a different background. Nurses all over the world are on the move. Enlgand has articles about the drain of their nurses to the USA. For some reason (I think TV and movies), people in other countries think all Americans are rich and life is easy for us. I will say that it is easier in many ways than in their home countries....especially the Asian ladies. Many send the bulk of their checks home to support up to 10 people. Many have children at home being raised by grandparents so they can make more money and send their kids to college. In many ways their priorities are purer than some Americans I know. Some of our Filipina nurses are trying to get to the US from here. They have to take and pass TOEFEL (English as a second language exams), get a sponser (usually a recruiting agency) and pass NCLEX. One girl just traveled to Egypt to take her Toefel and will go to Canada to take her NCLEX....all at her own expense. When you see most Filipina nurses in America you can rest assured that she is smart and has jumped through plenty of hoops to get there. Give her some help, help her see the differences and you should have an excellent co-worker. Just my opinion.
On the subject of '2.7 million nurses working in other fields'.....I think the issue goes back to better screening of applicants and better explanations of what nursing is BEFORE someone goes to nursing school
. I've been a nurse for 30 years and still love it. I've heard recent grads say 'I'm not working nights and weekends.....I'll teach or get something else. In my grad. class of 100, there were at least 12 who openly said they had no intention of working, they wanted to marry and be mothers. They were just 'getting a degree and they were accepted in nursing school'. Really sad.