Healthcare bill's effect on Pinoy RN

  1. Hi! Is there somebody who knew about the healthcare bill? and especially its effect on pinoy RNs... could there be probably more visas? or retrogression lifted?

    Thanks a lot!
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  3. by   Silverdragon102
    I seriously doubt any more visas will currently be released due to the high number of US nurses struggling to find work.

    There are a couple of posts discussing the bill in a few of the other forums but may want to check out the US politics forum
  4. by   juan de la cruz
    As you know, this bill reforms the delivery of healthcare to Americans and does not address immigration issues particularly the availability of visas for foreign nurses. But you're probably asking what this bill would do to the nursing profession in the US especially in terms of job opportunities? Many say that because the bill affords health care to each and every American and that preventative health care is in one its provisions, there will be a higher need for primary care providers. This means a possible demand for nurse practitioners in primary care. However, the Philippines does not train nurses in advanced practice nursing roles similar to US NP programs with a primary care focus. There are other countries that do (Canada, UK, for instance) but differences in regulatory and educational requirements between the US and these other countries could possibly get in the way of making it easy for foreign NP's to practice in the US. And as already stated above, nurses seeking entry-level RN positions in hospitals are abundant right now. Whether we have the Health Care Reform bill or not, it seems to me that the likelihood that a new law will be needed to open up more visas for nurses is not going to happen any time soon.
    Last edit by juan de la cruz on Mar 24, '10
  5. by   Ginger's Mom
    I live in a state where there is already Universal Care, many physicians are leaving the state due to high cost of living and low reimbursement. I agree NP and PA may have increased demand.

    Hospital admissions and census is down. Nursing positions are hard to come by. With the Medicare and Medcaid cuts long term care is effected, most LTC hire LPNS.

    So the short story is I don't think there will be an increased demand for RNS.