OK, this is just my personal rant for the day (maybe week, we'll see) and even though I am probably going to come across as looking petty/catty, I'm going to let it fly anyway. Even if noone is willing to agree with me here, I think SOME nurses out there, if not on this forum may nod their heads in agreement.
I am an RN, 18 mos out of school. I am gainfully employed as an RN, and for that I am grateful, please do not think otherwise. It is NOT in my "dream" area of nursing, but with the employment opportunities as they are, I am happy to have it.
I also have stayed, in a limited schedule, the position in healthcare that I have done for the previous 24 years. It is in this position that I had the duty of making several phone calls today, to a variety of entities. The first FOUR calls that I made today, after pushing 9 different prompts, all got me to various phone centers in the Philipines. All US companies that have outsourced jobs that were once done in the States to laborers in the Philapines. And then, as I bop around AN, I see post after post started by nurses who have been educated in the Philipines wanting to know the US state that will license them the fastest once they have failed the NCLEX 3 times in their first State of choice, or which ones will overlook that they have not been educated to the standard that most US nurses are. This frustrates the bejeebers out of me that not only are American jobs being sent overseas, overseas nurses are trying desperately to fill the nursing jobs here that so many of us would like to fill.
Yes, I realize that this makes me the meanie in the sandbox and that is certainly anyone's right to think that. But it is my right to feel aggravated as heck that this goes on and if I'm the only one bothered by it, so be it, but somehow I doubt that I am.
I understand your frustrations however this country was founded on emigrants. I am an emigrant and yes I am grateful. I have also given 20yrs of service back to this country and through hard work earned my right to be here. America welcomed me when there was a nursing shortage. No one here complained that I took care of Americans rather than care for the people of my homeland.. Emigrants ,not across the board .but certainly alot of us our very grateful to be here and willing to work a lot harder than the Americans alongside of us. I am still grateful for the opportunity to be here and work as a nurse. I am wondering how many American nurse's would say the same after that many yrs.If this site is a reflection I'd say,not many. Often emigrants have a stronger desire to succeed because it's survival, You have to make it.No one is coming to save you so you better find a way to make it work . (I came here in 21yrs to NYC knowing no one with $200 in my pocket.Thankfully for me I thought I was rich! )
So who would you hire.....the person happy for a job,feels driven to succeed and 20yrs later can still say "Thank you for the privilege I am happy to serve" . or someone who who is so privileged that after 6 mths of it feeling''difficult ' thinks maybe I wil quit.
And before anyone bites me I am not suggesting that no emigrants complain or all American nurse's are afraid of hard work. Jobs should definitely go to the most qualified ,the most willing and the ones who offer the greatest promise .If you ask any pt which nurse do they want I am confident they will not ask our origin but say simply "I want the best ". And so it should be!
Last edit by echoRNC711 on Nov 6, '12