US licensing exams to be given on foreign soil.
Foreign nurse licensing exams to be offered in 2004. In an effort to stop the sinking boat that is the nursing shortage, our country is going to offer licensing exams in foreign countries, and our places of employment are going pay to import those nurses. I don't know about you, but this does not seem like a valid method to fix our shortage. I personally feel that this will drive nursing further into the ground, and discourage people from joining the "NURSING PROFESSION". I have provided a link for the article on USAtoday website. What do you think about this?
Aug 20, '02
Another good way to cut costs for hospitals (and bring in more cash for the nursing boards and testing services).
"Never mind that your nurse can't speak your language and doesn't know your customs IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY! And heaven only knows what training he/she had--besides learning how to answer multiple choice questions. That's all we (HMO, Insurance plan, hospital) offer."
No doubt most of these countries (not including the Phillipines, which is perhaps the only exception, having long ago turned nursing into an export business) appreciate the US's contribution to world health by skimming off its nurses as we do its oil, minerals, and many of the rest of its resources, leaving very little behind for its own population (except the money they send "home," which adversely affects our balance of trade). "Healthcare colonialism"--that has a nice ring.
Last edit by sjoe on Aug 22, '02
Aug 20, '02
I understand that but the fact is I don't think American nurses that are out of commision are all going to come back ever anyways. I always hear that figure, but there are no specifics like their average age, specialty, years out of nursing, etc. If they were willing to return I would like to hear more from them as a group, lobbying for change.
And, I know I will get flamed, but for pay and job opportunities (like CNM, CRNA, etc.) parts of the US are better than anywhere else in the world. I know it's only parts, but even those parts still have shortages.
Besides, I have never heard an American nurse refuse to make the big $$$ in S.Arabia because she didn't want to take jobs away from the Saudi women. Is it a little scary to see immigrants coming in and taking jobs? Sure. It brings out the xenophobe in us all, including me, but what's good for the goose is good for the gander.
Last edit by fergus51 on Aug 21, '02