Quote from sdcasaj
I've asked lots of recruiters the same questions and they usually say it comes down to three issues
1. Lots of US nurses are getting out of the field
2. Too many US nurses complain too much about their jobs
3. Foreign nurses have better attitudes and give better care because of having better attitudes
I am not certain that I agree with #3. I think nurses in general have far more challenges working here in the US. Advancing technology and the role of the nurse has greatly increased over the years. I am certain that nurses in the US hold more responsibility and accountability than nurses abroad. As far as attitude is concerned, I think US nurses tend to verbalize their advocacy a great deal for the patient.
In relationship to #2 .... nurses are not treated with the level of respect that they deserve. This is very frustrating to US nurses and for many of them, they leave the field. For others, they are committed to the patient, yet struggle with the way their employers treat them. I don't believe that US nurses complain more than other nurses. I do believe that US Hospitals take a great deal of advantage of US nurses.
In addition, there are many professional options open for women today and nursing may not be appealing to them. I know of many younger nurses that have decided to change careers shortly after entering nursing so they can work regular hours, make more money and have a better life. These are real reasons why nurses do not stay in the profession. It can be very frustrating for a nurse that has a passion to nurse and can not support his or her family on the wages provided. Perhaps this is one of the complaints that nurses have. It is certainly one that I have. But I am committed to being a nurse and can not see myself doing anything else.
Oh and just a point to remember .... recruiters have no clue! I have yet to meet a recruiter that has recently or ever worked the floor as a nurse and tried to balance and juggle managing care, medications, assesments, treatments, orders and the mirad of other challenges that nurses handle on an assignment of more than 10 patients. So, I guess I would not always listen to what the recruiters are telling you. From my perspective, the recruiters are only trying to get you to sign on the dotted line so they get their commission check.
Hope this helps to answer some of your questions.