Originally posted by J. Tigana
American nurses, please tell me are you against all foreign nurses working in the U.S.? Or just nurses with lower credentials? To me you are sounding zenophobic and protectionist.
No no no.
If your pt is hemorrhaging from a wound, would you simply fill him up with donated blood obtained from elsewhere?
If the wound never stopped bleeding, you would have to endlessly transfuse the pt, until there were none of his own blood left, and still, he would bleed.
Theorectically, if we had many, many pts in this same situation, the supplies of blood from outside sources would be seriously depleted.
In this situation, standards could be lowered in that the need for blood would be so great, and the supplies so limited, lower quality, untested, unsafe blood might be considered acceptable.
A better approach would be to transfuse the pt with a limited quantity of supplemental blood, and at the same time, find the cause of the bleeding and work to stop the hemorrhage, right?
This metaphor applies to the issue of the Ameican "nursing shortage" and recruitment of foreign nurses.
The "patient" in the above scenario is The U.S. The hemorrhaging is the nursing shortage. The pt's blood is American nurses. The transfused blood is foreign nurses.
Simply continually transfusing the pt with blood from outside sources is what short-sighted health care corportions only interested in profits propose we do.
Those of us who actually care about the long-term health of the pt, and the ultimate outcome, demand that we rely on limited transfusion, and put the bulk of our efforts into finding the causes of the bleeding. We must focus our attention on finding ways to stop the hemorrhage, heal the wound, and assist the pt in regenerating and maintaining his own blood supply from within.