a freeze in the nursing pipeline
[color=#6f6f6f]minneapolis star tribune (subscription), mn - 56 minutes ago
... other settings. meanwhile, demand for nurses is growing in nursing homes, assisted living and other senior health care, shreve said. ...
for years, nurses from the philippines have been coming to the twin cities to fill shortages in nursing homes, but a lack of visas has halted the flow for workers and their families.
when ivy tejano flew to minneapolis from the philippines in july, she followed in the footsteps of thousands of fellow nurses who fill a critical need in health care in the twin cities and nationwide.
but that pipeline of foreign nurses, which has provided staff members for senior health facilities across the nation, went dry this month, after a special pool of 50,000 visas for foreign nurses and their families was used up. congress will have to act to add more of these visas before international recruitment can pick up again.
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- minneapolis star tribune
Dec 3, '06
Last edit by Freedom42 on Dec 4, '06
Dec 11, '06
Quote from Freedom42
If you read that fact sheet, it points out that burnout and shoddy working conditions are driving nurses out of the profession. Bad working conditions have also been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor and the ANA as a factor behind the shortage. If even half of the registered nurses who are still licensed in this country but who are not working would take a job right now, there wouldn't be a shortage.
Many believe there is not a shortage of nurses but a shortage of nurses willing to work for relatively low pay in poor conditions. The point that's being made here is that as long as the health-care industry is allowed to turn to turn to foreign countries for nurses, wages will remain suppressed and conditions will not improve. Ask anyone who's seen his job outsourced overseas. As long as there's someone willing to do your job for less, that's who the employer will hire.
What's infuriating about the Minneapolis Star article is that the reporter didn't ask any U.S. nurses why they won't take these jobs or challenge any of the assertions that were made by the health-care industry; e.g., How much does it cost to bring a nurse from overas, feed her, house her, pay for her to study for the licensing exam, then put her on the job? And how much does that cost compared to hiring a local nurse?
My hunch is that it actually costs more to hire the foreign nurse in the short term -- but it's surely cheaper in the long run if she won't question her compensation and will take what is offered, no matter how bad.
Is there any reason that you, or other informed, but fed up nurses, couldn't write a letter to the editor, or a guest editorial, and inform the public, and the paper, for that matter, what the facts are? I do believe that we have freedom of speech.
When I wrote some nasty lettors to the editor several years ago with issues like this, the paper told me to call them if I had to face any retaliation, or disciplinay actions over them. Most of the papers will write stuff if you give them an informed opinion/information. I did call an attorney that I knew, just in case. He also wanted to know if I got any grief over it. JMHO.
Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
Last edit by lindarn on Jan 4, '07