A pair of Dallas-area nonprofit organizations are helping make it easier for Mexican nurses to pass licensing challenges. The program is helping the area deal with a nursing shortage.
Dallas Business Journal, Oct. 21, 2002
Stephanie Patrick Staff Writer
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Initiative to prepare Mexican nurses for jobs in Texas could ease shortage.
IRVING-When Betty Monsivais came to Texas from Mexico in 1984 she had extensive medical experience, but spoke little English.
"I had worked as a labor and delivery nurse for about four years in Mexico," she said. "Because I couldn't work as a nurse here, I worked in child care and factories until I was later hired as a medical assistant."
After several unsuccessful attempts at passing state-required nurse licensing exams in both Texas and New York, she almost abandoned hope of returning to her chosen career.
Then she heard of an initiative to provide English courses and refresher nursing training to Latino nurses living in Texas. Aimed primarily at Mexican nurses, who receive similar training to that received by their U.S. counterparts, the program, offered at no charge, began late last year as a joint project of Irving-based Area Health Education Center and the Dallas Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. English classes are being offered through an approximately $240,000 federal literacy grant.