Fast-Track to Nursing Foreign doctors trained as nurses in the U.S.

  1. And we thought the job market was getting crowded from the amount of home grown nurses....

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/4360406/-...ck-to-nursing/
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  2. 37 Comments

  3. by   lindarn
    Why don't they put them in PA programs, and flood the market of PAs? Just a thought.

    JMHO and my NY $0.02.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Somewhere in the PACNW
  4. by   RN Zeke
    If the jobs can't be exported....imports are given our jobs....This just can't suck enough. There won't be enough citizens paying taxes in 10 yrs or less to keep up the freebies and maintain the society even in the sad state it is in. The Gov should be preventing this....
  5. by   elkpark
    TPTB in the US medical community make it nearly impossible for foreign physicians to get licensed in the US, regardless of how long or how successfully they've been practicing in another country, even other first-world countries. For physicians from second- and third-world countries, a US RN salary is still much more than they could ever make in their homes countries, so that looks like a pretty good deal to them and is much easier to accomplish. And there are plenty of people within nursing willing to help make that happen.

    I only wish TPTB in nursing did half as good a job of protecting the interests of US nurses as the medical community does looking out for US physicians ...
  6. by   gettingbsn2msn
    This will be a wonderful way to keep down salaries and thus expenses. My hospital is broke and we have not had raises for 2 years. We run short staffed so these people will be very welcome by management. I am sure the patients will love the fact they are doctor-nurses. I am wondering if they will eventually be trained as NP's. Seems like they would want to be PA's or NP's but in some places (Cali) the money may be good for them to be a nurse.
  7. by   elkpark
    Quote from gettingbsn2msn
    This will be a wonderful way to keep down salaries and thus expenses. My hospital is broke and we have not had raises for 2 years. We run short staffed so these people will be very welcome by management. I am sure the patients will love the fact they are doctor-nurses. I am wondering if they will eventually be trained as NP's. Seems like they would want to be PA's or NP's but in some places (Cali) the money may be good for them to be a nurse.
    There have been a bunch of physicians from other countries who have posted here at various times, asking about becoming RNs, and, as far as I recall, many (most?) of them were primarily interested in how to become an NP, as a way of "getting around" their not being able to practice as physicians in the US.
  8. by   DuluthMike
    Quote from lindarn
    Why don't they put them in PA programs, and flood the market of PAs? Just a thought.

    JMHO and my NY $0.02.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Somewhere in the PACNW
    As a general rule PA schools are not friendly to international medical graduates. Some schools will not even consider the application of an IMG.
  9. by   roseynurse345
    When I was in LPN school, I went to school with a doctor from China, she was v. smart, however, due to her poor English she was unable to pass the program. I actually saw the blurb on Fox about this program, it seems this is the first program in the US tailored for foreign doctors to nurses.
  10. by   caliotter3
    I was in a paraprofessional program with three Viet Namese doctors. One of them was called on by the instructor. She nodded and gave indistinct acknowledgement to his verbalization that made absolutely no sense.
  11. by   diskogurl
    Quote from roseynurse345
    When I was in LPN school, I went to school with a doctor from China, she was v. smart, however, due to her poor English she was unable to pass the program. I actually saw the blurb on Fox about this program, it seems this is the first program in the US tailored for foreign doctors to nurses.
    Actually, the Florida International University in Miami has been doing this since 1998 when a group of Cuban physicians petitioned for it. Pretty interesting.
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    http://cnhs.fiu.edu/nursing/undergraduate_foreign_admission.html[/html]
  12. by   lossforimagination
    Are you kidding that foreign docs can't practice in the US? It's all I see are docs with heavy accents who expect nurses to "respect their culture"....*****
  13. by   caliotter3
    Quote from lossforimagination
    Are you kidding that foreign docs can't practice in the US? It's all I see are docs with heavy accents who expect nurses to "respect their culture"....*****
    They get offended and frustrated when I ask them to repeat themselves because I can't understand them. It is always my fault that I can't understand almost all of what they are saying. Is it my fault that they can't always have staff from their own culture?
  14. by   lindarn
    If they want staff from their own culture, that can understand their language and/or accents, they can pack up and go back to where they came from.

    You are under NO obligation to bend over backwards to accomodate them. THEY are supposed to bend over backwards, to be allowed to work, live, and remain in this country. It IS a PRIVILEGE TO BE ALLOWED INTO THIS COUNTRY!!

    You don't owe these people anything.

    JMHO and my NY $0.02.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Somewhere in the PACNW

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