Mexican nurses get free career help in Dallas re English classes, help passing NCLEX

  1. A pair of Dallas-area nonprofit organizations are helping make it easier for Mexican nurses to pass licensing challenges. The program is helping the area deal with a nursing shortage.

    Dallas Business Journal, Oct. 21, 2002
    Stephanie Patrick Staff Writer
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    Initiative to prepare Mexican nurses for jobs in Texas could ease shortage.

    IRVING-When Betty Monsivais came to Texas from Mexico in 1984 she had extensive medical experience, but spoke little English.

    "I had worked as a labor and delivery nurse for about four years in Mexico," she said. "Because I couldn't work as a nurse here, I worked in child care and factories until I was later hired as a medical assistant."

    After several unsuccessful attempts at passing state-required nurse licensing exams in both Texas and New York, she almost abandoned hope of returning to her chosen career.

    Then she heard of an initiative to provide English courses and refresher nursing training to Latino nurses living in Texas. Aimed primarily at Mexican nurses, who receive similar training to that received by their U.S. counterparts, the program, offered at no charge, began late last year as a joint project of Irving-based Area Health Education Center and the Dallas Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. English classes are being offered through an approximately $240,000 federal literacy grant.

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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   globalRN
    WELL, IF THE MEXICAN NURSES MEET THE EDUCATIONAL AND LANGUAGE STANDARDS FOR THE BON, THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO WORK IN THE US UNDER THE NAFTA AGREEMENT.
    OF COURSE, I AM SURE THAT THE COMPANY HELPING THEM MUST BE GETTING SOMETHING OUT OF THIS ARRANGEMENT BUT THAT IS CALLED CAPITALISM.
  4. by   MK2002
    This story is sad. It is disgraceful how Americans throw money at foreigners to get the cheapest labor while their own people are struggling to find jobs in a recession. Just read the many posts on this website by American women with children who are struggling to get through nursing school, and one must feel sorry to see their job given away to someone else. It's really terrible. Another bad consequence of NAFTA.
  5. by   mrs/mom/rn
    Quote from MK2002
    This story is sad. It is disgraceful how Americans throw money at foreigners to get the cheapest labor while their own people are struggling to find jobs in a recession. Just read the many posts on this website by American women with children who are struggling to get through nursing school, and one must feel sorry to see their job given away to someone else. It's really terrible. Another bad consequence of NAFTA.
    I agree. Instead of importing cheaper labor to ease the nursing shortage, we need to look at the other issues. Nursing schools need to be expanded, more childcare provided,increased financial aid advertised. Nursing needs to advertised. Staffing, empowerment, continuing education, wages and scheduling need be adjusted to keep nurses and lure more nurses.
  6. by   LouisianaNurse2006
    I agree with all of you. I am a 4.0 american nursing student that can't get financial help because my husband makes good money. We are a middle income family with 3 children, 2 auto bills, mortgage, utilities, bills, etc. that live from check to check.
    Foreigners come here and get their education free, when I work my butt off for good grades, get no help, and have to borrow money for school. Unbelievable.
  7. by   RN92
    The fact that only 1% of these foreign nurses pass NCLEX is scary. We all have certain criteria to meet - that keeps patients safe. Im all for letting more nurses come into the country and work - but lets not lower our standards so they can work. I would think learning the English language would be a good start. Also, we shouldnt be offering more to foreign nurses than we offer our own nurses/students. Its our taxes that help pay for these services...even the American students are paying taxes.
  8. by   momcats3
    Thanks again for NAFTA, Bill Clinton!:angryfire
  9. by   TexasPoodleMix
    Quote from LouisianaNurse2006
    I agree with all of you. I am a 4.0 american nursing student that can't get financial help because my husband makes good money. We are a middle income family with 3 children, 2 auto bills, mortgage, utilities, bills, etc. that live from check to check.
    Foreigners come here and get their education free, when I work my butt off for good grades, get no help, and have to borrow money for school. Unbelievable.
    Right on.
  10. by   zenman
    Quote from momcats3
    Thanks again for NAFTA, Bill Clinton!:angryfire
    Clinton was no , but sometimes he was ! No matter what we think of him and even though he was a , now he's all the way to the bank!
  11. by   rsh3rn
    I know its off topic, but try being a male from a lower middle calss family to get through nursing school 40hrs a week working plus federal loans, plus trading all my life savings plus refinancing the house and maxing out the credit cards. There are plenty of people in this country who would love the opportunity to get paid 40k a year to start with an associate degree maybe uncle Sam needs to look a little closer to home

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