Foreign educated nurses working in the United States

  1. Not really sure where this should go..if this isn't the correct forum feel free to move it.

    My question is a simple one. Being the melting pot, I'd think that the United States would have a big variety of nurses from other countries and not one Nationality being more abundant than another. Why is it that the Philippines nurses seem to be the majority of foreign nurse. Is it that their nursing programs are very similar to the States programs therefore any easier transition for working here? I'd think that Countries bordering the US (or very close) would be the majority of the foreign educated nurses..Mexico, Puerto Rico, Canada..etc. in the States. The Philippines seem so far away to be having so many nurses being educated there and coming here.

    I hope that doesn't come out sounding like I am against Phillipine nurses coming here, because thats not my intent at all. I have no problem with any foreign educated nurse coming here and easing the nursing shortage. I'm just curious why it is there are so many Phillippine nurses here in the States.
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  3. by   madwife2002
    There are quite a few nurses from the UK working here in the US. I know there a lot in Phoenix. How about the rest of the the US
  4. by   CT Pixie
    I personally have only run into a handful of UK nurses, whereas I've met a ton of Phillippine nurses. When I worked LTC, anytime we had "pool" nurses they were all Phillippine. My nurses when I delivered my 2 daughters, if not American, were Phillippine (and they were awesome!).
  5. by   caliotter3
    My Filipino nurse buddies told me that their country is saturated with nurses and that nursing school is advanced as a way to gain the ability to leave the country to make money to send home to the family. They told me that they came here because there were no nursing jobs avail to them at home.
  6. by   lawelane
    They said, cuz FILIPINO nurses are hardworker nurses. I didn't say that some are not, it's just that... oh nevermind! There are reasons why.
  7. by   lucinka
    I am a czech BSN nurse and I wont to work in USA. You cant imagine how hard it is to go througt all papers. I passed NCLEX but the bigest problem is for me the exam from speaking english - by IELTS I have to have 7.5 points - really difficult.
  8. by   caliotter3
    Quote from lucinka
    I am a czech BSN nurse and I wont to work in USA. You cant imagine how hard it is to go througt all papers. I passed NCLEX but the bigest problem is for me the exam from speaking english - by IELTS I have to have 7.5 points - really difficult.
    Keep working at it. It will become easier. Try to immerse yourself in the language for some period of time every day. If you can pass the NCLEX, which I'm assuming was in English, then you can also improve your English. Good luck and best wishes for your future.
  9. by   hermance67
    The hospital i work with has a contract with the philipines. i asked them alot of questions. they told their education system is based on ours. the only thing is some of the iv pumps are different. they are taught english young. this makes them excellent cadidates for our healthcare system.

  10. by   Tweety
    The Philippines has made a national committment to their nursing program and basically has become a factory. The nursing schools are based on USA schools, so they can qualify for NCLEX. The demand of Filipinos wanting to become nurses for the purpose of moving abroad and making money is very high, and their country is happy to oblige them because Filipino nurses around the world send many dollars home.

    The Phillipines is pretty Westernized. They are a former US colony and as such speak excellent English. They identify with America. (Many a US soldier died in the liberation of the Phillipines in WWII, fighting alongside them.)Prior to that 300 years of occupation by Spain turned them into the only Christian nation in Asia, thus Westernizing their ways even more.

    I do have a concern that they are becoming too much of a nurse factory and wish there were standards that their schools become NLN accredited. I concerned there are fly by night schools with poor education out there.

    Florida, also has qutie a bit of English nurses.
  11. by   nrsang97
    I live in the Detroit area so we have a lot of Canadien nurses. Many cities that border Canada have many Canadien nurses. We also have lots of Filipino and Indian nurses, some Chinese and African nurses.
  12. by   Tweety
    Quote from nrsang97
    I live in the Detroit area so we have a lot of Canadien nurses. Many cities that border Canada have many Canadien nurses. We also have lots of Filipino and Indian nurses, some Chinese and African nurses.
    In Florida we have a lot of Canadian nurses as well. I forget sometimes that they are "foreign" workers because Canada seems more like family.
  13. by   lawelane
    Philippines don't have a poor education... I know some who are really hardworkers and they don't care much of a high salary, wht's important is that it could support them and their families... But they are smart as well.
  14. by   flightnurse2b
    when i worked in florida, we had many nurses from the phillippines, but also a large amt of haitian and jamaican nurses, indian nurses and russian nurses.

    here in nc, ive worked with alot of african and chinese nurses.

    alot of the international nurses ive worked with said they come here for a better life and to make money so they can support their family and eventually bring them here to the states. some of the stories i have heard, particularly from the nurses from haiti and india are heartbreaking. one nurse told me she had one pair of gloves per night to take care of 32 patients, and having 4-5 patients expire on one shift was a nightly occurence.

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