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Immigration bill could jeopardize nurse recruiting

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immigration bill could jeopardize nurse recruiting

the new immigration bill could prevent hospitals from having any control over recruiting specialized care nurses from other countries, according to some recruiters. the bill also would remove an existing screening requirement for the commission on graduates of foreign nursing schools to evaluate all applicants.

usa today (5/28)

hospital recruiters — already struggling to fill nursing positions — fear congress could make their jobs more difficult.

"the immigration proposal doesn't do anything to help us bring in registered nurses," says catheryn cotten, director of the international office of duke university medical center and health system, which currently has 73 foreign nurses working on temporary status.

she and other hospital representatives say the current system, which can experience long delays in getting applicants' visas, is at least controlled by employers. under the proposed system, hospitals would no longer be able to seek out applicants with specific qualifications, such as a cardiac nurse.

instead, foreign residents would apply to come to the usa, then, based on a point system, get in if they had enough points. the most points would be awarded for advanced degrees.

others raise concern that the bill would remove a current requirement that nurse applicants are screened by the commission on graduates of foreign nursing schools, an independent non-profit that evaluates their schooling and other credentials.

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lorita has 15 years experience and specializes in ER Occ Health Urgent Care.

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I don't think there will be fewer if anything there will be more since the new rules will give education higher priority than in the past what thery ar really complaining about is less controll.

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I know this may sound horribly racist, but good. Maybe our country will be forced to make better conditions for nurses here rather than get cheaper labor overseas while dangling the promise of citizenship over their noses like carrots and using this as a means to exploit. Also, perhaps it would give a chance for the other countries to keep their nurses and likewise try to build better conditions.

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I know this may sound horribly racist, but good. Maybe our country will be forced to make better conditions for nurses here rather than get cheaper labor overseas while dangling the promise of citizenship over their noses like carrots and using this as a means to exploit. Also, perhaps it would give a chance for the other countries to keep their nurses and likewise try to build better conditions.

good point. totally.

being able to work in the US is like THE DEAL for anyone...this new system is another obstacle in making this dream a reality. but when you put it this way, i can't help but agree. ;)

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PeachPie specializes in EC, IMU, LTAC.

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I don't begrudge people in the least for wanting opportunity over here, but America does need to put its own people first. All countries need to put their own people first. We have plenty of nurses over here just waiting for decent conditions.

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