Hello. I am a RN in California. I am so excited to find this forum. Please bear with my first and admittedly lengthy post, but I really need your opinions and perspectives. In a class debate about the US adopting a nationalized, government-based universal health care coverage, comments were made about the foreign nurses that come here to work. I need real information, not gossip or hearsay. Please tell me about your job satisfaction as a RN practicing in a country with nationalized/universal health care:What gives you satisfaction?What gives you dissatisfaction? Describe patients' attitudes about access to health care? Do you see people using this system to obtain a higher standard of health? Do you ever see this system abused and why?Some US nurses have a perception that universal health care in Canada, Europe, Australia, UK, etc leads to long waits for patients to ultimately receive services; i-e 12 months to get cataract surgery. What is the reality?Some US nurses get the impression that foreign nurses are dissatisfied with professional practice in their own countries, so they come here. In your opinion, is a motive to immigrate tied to the health care system RNs must practice under?How does the universal health care system you practice in encourage and motivate you toward excellence in practice?I eagerly await your replies.