Here are some interesting articles on the subject:
Global Reach of the Nursing Shortage
National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Position Statement: Foreign (International) Nurse Immigration
From ANA: Immigration and the Nursing Workforce
Uniform Core Licensure Requirements
A Supporting Paper, July 1999
International council tackles universal issues
Nursing shortages, poverty, standards of care bedevil health-care systems worldwide
World Health Organization: Trade in health services
Nursing shortage imperils patients
An Opinion: The Future of Nursing
Excerpt from June 27, 2001 Congressional Testimony by the ANA on the subject:
The ANA and I have deep concerns about the use of immigration as a means to address the emerging nursing shortage. As you are well aware, Chairman Durbin, immigration is the standard "answer" proposed by employers who have difficulty attracting American nurses to work in their facilities. We have been down this road many times before without success. There are a number of problems with increasing the immigration of foreign-trained nurses, following are just a few issues:
The influx of foreign-trained nurses only serves to further delay debate and action on the serious workplace issues that continue to drive American nurses away from the profession. As I mentioned earlier, a Presidential task force called to investigate the last major nursing shortage developed a list of recommendations. These 16 recommendations, released in December, 1988, are still very relevant today - they include issues such as the need to adopt innovative nurse staffing patterns, the need to collect better data about the economic contribution that nurses make to employing organizations, the need for nurse participation in the governance and administration of health care facilities, and the need for increased scholarships and loan repayment programs for nursing students. Perhaps if these recommendations were ever implemented we would not be here today. Certainly, we will be here in the future if they are ignored.
There are serious ethical questions about recruiting nurses from other countries when there is a world-wide shortage of nurses. The removal of foreign-trained nurses from areas such as South Africa, India, and the Caribbean deprives their home countries of highly trained health care practitioners upon whose skills and talents their countries heavily rely.
In addition, immigrant nurses are too often exploited because employers know that fears of retaliation will keep them from speaking up. There are numerous, disturbing examples from our experience with the expired H-1A nurse visa. In fact, several cases came from Illinois. The INS Chicago District issued a $1.29 million fine against FHC Enterprises, Inc. for 645 immigration document violations. FHC, Inc. fraudulently obtained 225 H-1A visas which were used to employ Filipino nurses as lower-paid nurse aides ($6.50 per hour) instead of as registered nurses ($12.50 per hour). The Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago agreed to pay $50,000 in fines and $384,700 in back wages to 99 Filipino nurses who were underpaid. In Kansas, 66 Filipino nurses were awarded $2.1 million to settle a discrimination case in which the Filipino nurses were not paid the same wage rate as U.S.-born registered nurses at the same facility. These are just a few of the cases that have come to light over the last decade........"
Aussie contingent have posted @allnurses:
Here in Australia there is also a nursing shortage........young people straight from school are opting for the IT fields, and any other career that pays more money......and nurses are leaving in droves.
There is a hospital here in the state of Victoria, that are offering new employees free round the world trips!!