US licensing exam to be given in foreign countries. - page 3

US licensing exams to be given on foreign soil. Foreign nurse licensing exams to be offered in 2004. In an effort to stop the sinking boat that is the nursing shortage, our country is going to... Read More

  1. by   sjoe
    Dr. Kate--don't know the source of your figures (mine, which refer specifically to RNs, are only from the San Diego Union Tribune at this time, I admit), but the last article I saw on the subject stated that over 20% of California-licensed RNs are NOT working in the field. I'll keep my eyes open for national figures, since there are so many articles on the subject recently. It would be interesting to know.
    Last edit by sjoe on Aug 22, '02
  2. by   Q.
    Dr. Kate,
    I also don't know where you are getting your figures from, but I will do my best to research it.

    My figures of the 2.7 Million Licensed Nurses, include both RNs and LPNs, of that group, over 60% (roughly) were NOT working in the nursing field, and a smaller percentage (the amount escapes me) are NOT working in bedside care. They have left for other business ventures. I will find my source and cite it appropriately for you.

    I myself was a bedside nurse and left it full time after only 2 years. I long to work in Labor and Delivery, but won't as long as it jeapardizes my license. That is the reality. And I am not the only one. Far from it.

    I once toured a Med/Surg unit in which a young nurse of 22 years old was already in charge, precepting, and walked like she was 60 years old, had swollen knees probably from a work injury, and had dark circles under her eyes. You bet she wanted to be a nurse, but not when at the age of 22, who should have years and years left to give to the profession, is ready to leave because the floor had chewed her up and spit her out already. So, while we succeeded in attracting her to the profession to ENROLL in school, she will be leaving in about 1 year to use her RN license elsewhere, like insurance, which is where I initially went. And that's where the nurses are going, Dr.Kate. Either keeping their license and working elsewhere, or letting their license lapse completely.

    My husband graduated with a BSN and never even sat for boards. Why? Because of what I listed above. So there again, a new grad who never even worked a day on the floor. We lost him before we even had him.

    There ARE enough nurses to work, Dr. Kate. They simply are choosing NOT to. And until we figure out why that is and solve those problems, like pay, respect, safety, leadership, to name a few, throwing foreign bodies at will not solve it. In fact, it will only serve to increase my 2.7 million licensed nurse figure.
  3. by   Aussienurse2
    Hey Grace, I don't think they want us, I would like to work in the "All Nurses Hospital" myself. We could find some Govt. funding couldn't we? They're giving that guy who vomits milk a million dollar grant..... If we can have art for arts sake surely we can have nurses for healths sake?