Hi. Reading all of these posts for the past 3 months finally made me decide to join and share my thoughts. A sad reality, but I strongly agree with what our moderators and some of the members of this forum says on the present picture of AMERICA and its bad impact to our profession.
Like most of you here, I consider myself as a foreign-nurse who learned to love and embraced America, while at the same time still showing some degree of concern to my fellow country men, Filipinos.Proud to say,I am a graduate of one of the most prestigious nursing school in the Philippines, UST, came over to USA and worked as a nurse roughly 14 years ago. America at that time is great, booming while already boomed, splendid and such heaven..not until recently that everyone got trapped with this economic menace.
Almost evreyone is affected and solution to this problem is far at sight till this time. I've been working with one of the Biggest hospital here in Sacramento, big as it is, still has no escape to this crisis. The Hospital where I am presently working just recently announced that the Hospital's census for the past three months dropped to almost 40%, and is expecting to flunk more in the coming months, and Hospital's income went down as well. Cost effective measures were taken. The CEO had just announced that there will be job lay-offs, in fact, 50 nurses has been out of the floor already since the crisis begun, and is expecting more and more lay-offs in the coming months. Sad to say, 4 filipinos and 1 Indian were included in the said lay-off. Popular in recruiting foreign nurses in the past, but with the latest turn-out of events, CEO declared freeze in hiring local and foreign nurses indefinitely.
This is just the scenario of what is happening with my facility. There may be hundreds of facilities out there also experiencing same, maybe even worse. This economic crisis is pandemic. Amongst all, we suffer the most because we are already here, there's no way out but to find survival measures instead. I am not discouraging my countrymen to stop dreaming America, but America isn't everything. Try to look for nursing opportunities outside USA, it might be more exciting than USA NOW. Again I shall say, I maybe a FULL PLEDGE AMERICAN NOW, but I still have this concern to my kababayans, and a good advice for now is, say bye bye to your US Dream in the mean time, don't dwell to much on it. Hard to get out of depression when things wont work at all.
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Nothing, and you really do not want it to do anything either. If you look at it from the other side and the employer no longer has work for you, then everything automatically gets cancelled by the US government and one will start over again from the beginning as if nothing ever existed.
Take the time to do some reading here, nurses are getting laid off in the US, hiring freezes are going into effect all over. If your facility has a hiring freeze in effect, then you will be getting everything cancelled out; there is no way that one will be able to start working there. What you received was a job offer letter, if no job, then no visa.
Please be very careful for what you wish for. It may not be what you want to see.