One of the major local hospitals here in Seattle recently announced plans to bring in 100 Phillipine nurses to ease their staffing problems.
However, even though these nurses do have some advantage in that they have a 'guaranteed' job, they still have to complete licensing and competency exams here in the U.S. The hospital estimated that out of 100 nurses, about 60 would actually make it through the licensing and probationary periods to become staff nurses.
I'm still a student, but I'm not worried by this hospital--it is still aggressively recruiting local nurses, since it is FAR cheaper to bring in local nurses than it is to send recruiters to the Phillipines, sort out 100 top candidates, and then lose almost half of those candidates before they even start. The 'poaching' of the best and brightest nurses from third-world nations has gone on for years in Great Britain; it's just now starting in the U.S., and I expect it will be the same as it is in Great Britain and not make much of dent in the number of nursing jobs
available to new grads.
Remember, there are not nearly enough nurses graduating each year to meet the demand--our aging population plus the number of nurses hitting retirement age each year means jobs aplenty. Good luck with your studies!!