Survey: Should nurses from other countries be recruited to aid in the nursing shortag - page 19

This month's survey Question: Should nurses from other countries be recruited to aid in the nursing shortage? Please take a minute to take answer our survey and please feel free to reply to... Read More

  1. by   alatta58
    Quote from brian
    This month's survey Question:

    Should nurses from other countries be recruited to aid in the nursing shortage?

    Please take a minute to take answer our survey and please feel free to reply to this topic to post any comments that you may have on the topic.
    Any Nurse coming to the USA to work should be given an English Test-written and Oral and unless its 99% error free they should not be able to work here. The nursing school I went to was a real stickler on this as well as they should be.The nurese coming from other countries should be Held to the same Exact STANDARD that I am held to, nothing more,nothing less. English,spoken and written, is the common thread that bonds our country! I often travel out of the US for my Dental Work(due to the prohibitely high cost locally) and when I am in my Dentist's office -I communicate with her, in her langauge Spanish(yo hablo con ella en su propia idioma)
  2. by   ascnbe
    "Hi-Iam from the south and a state and city on the east coast-last state on the tip of the US (you guess) -here in home health you would not be able to work unless you have technical command of Spanish.,"

    That sounds like a great law suit to me. I would love to be denied a job in this country because I don't speak a FOREIGN language.
  3. by   CHATSDALE
    Quote from Furball
    Canadian nurses are "foreign"? I guess they are....

    I've worked with many canucks and I've I've never considered them to be "foreign". That's so funny.....I do agree, though, that Canadian nurses are awesome! :hatparty:

    What's not so funny is an RN trying to orient a Filipino nurse and unable to comprehend 50% of what she says.....terrible.
    I have not worked with many canadian nurses perhaps three at most but i guess we always remember the negative...one of these was the biggest dingbat you would ever hope to meet.....but as to foreign if you are not a citizen of a country you are foreign ... i believe the Canadians would consider me a foreigner if i went over there...believe me they are not hot on giving jobs to their neighors to the south...
    Last edit by CHATSDALE on Aug 31, '04
  4. by   fergus51
    CHATTSDALE, all foreign nurses in Canada are considered only after hospitals have been able to find Canadian nurses for the job. It's because of our unionized environment. That said, we probably have as many if not more foreign trained nurses compared to the US and they are more than welcome.
  5. by   missmercy
    We have hired and oriented (VERY RECENTLY) 3 Indian nurses. We bought out their agency contracts and hope to keep them here a long time. These women are highly skilled, very dilligent and honest, love nursing and are thrilled to be here. Yes, there are occasional accent issues which can make it difficult to understand them however, they are aware of this and are most willing to restate things slowly. As far as grasping the English language -- these gals have been through some grueling language tests that I am sure some of my American nurses couldn't pass. We are thrilled that they are here.

    Sure, I wish I had more hometown, American nurses to fill the open positions here -- but not because I don't want to have these gals here!!! I want competent, conscientious, dilligent, honest nurses who are well trained and intelligent. I don't see these gals as having "taken the job away from an American" because the positions have been posted for quite a while and no one else was asking for them. I'm thrilled that they are here - wish them ( and any other "foreign" nurses) the best of luck.
  6. by   okie2
    I welcome people from other countries but to spend money that the healthcare system supposedly doesn't have to ACTIVELY recruite from outside the US---wrong...for everyone involved. invest the money here! educate more nurses, support current nurses, recruite back those who have left.
    Last edit by okie2 on Sep 30, '04
  7. by   BA.LVN
    Wow, I totally agree that it's NOT OKAY for the U.S. to go spend money (they don't have) on housing foreign nurses. Why not invest that money in the current American nurses we have here begging to be employed? So much for the American Dream. That money needs to go to MORE training programs in the hospitals/facilities so we can be trained the RIGHT way....or else the root of the "problem/nursing shortage" won't be solved. They are just putting a bandage on it for now.
  8. by   Kevin RN08
    BA LVN,
    Do you realize this thread is 5 years old? And though much of the information may still hold true, the market has drastically changed over that period of time.

    Whether the profession is Nursing, Manufacturing, or Food Service I support the hiring of LEGAL foreign labor as needed and always have. Employers should try to hire from their local communities as able and should not be using foreign talent to drive down wages, but in many cases the foreign employee (legal or not) is simply trying to better his or her life situation. The risks that many of these people take says alot, they leave their homeland travelling great distances for the opportunity to start at the bottom of the ladder; conversely many Americans may feel that these jobs are below them and would not be willing to walk across the street to take these jobs ... UNTIL local hits 10%.
  9. by   BA.LVN
    Well, I guess I was replying with the knowledge from another post I read. About a RN (a seasoned one) who had been trying to get a job at the VA (where she had been a patient for the past 10 years and was a very familiar face among the nurses there), only to discover at one of her last appointments that there were two new RN's working there (both foreign and brought over from abroad). This was after, again, she had been trying to get a job at the VA (an American citizen, experienced RN). Sooo.....not really sure what that's about. I still think there needs to be some sort of money allocated toward training programs in healthcare facilities (if that is their issues for not hiring "new grads") I don't know how many "new grads" are sick of hearing that facilities only want nurses w/ "1 year of experience."
  10. by   caffeineRx
    Absolutely not.

    At least not until EVERY single one of our citizens (who are nurses) have filled a position. But then we wouldn't need foreign nurses, if this were the case.

    I don't have a problem with foreign nurses. I have a problem with the system that brings them in here. I feel it takes away from all of the willing nurses and new grads who are desperate for a job right now. It's really quite blatant.
  11. by   Texcal43
    Let's face it how many post have we all read about American nurses having difficulty finding employment in hospitals and otherwise. We do not have a nursing shortage in the US but we do have many American nurses who are unemployed. Please stop giving our jobs to non-Americans. It's killing our economy.
  12. by   caliotter3
    Quote from Texcal43
    Let's face it how many post have we all read about American nurses having difficulty finding employment in hospitals and otherwise. We do not have a nursing shortage in the US but we do have many American nurses who are unemployed. Please stop giving our jobs to non-Americans. It's killing our economy.
    Very well said. And supported by unemployed American nurses.
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