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Nursing shortages, Baby boomers and the immigrant nurse Part 2

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madwife2002 has 26 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in RN, BSN, CHDN.

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It has been a couple of weeks since we reviewed the ongoing poll about foreign trained nurses in the USA and the trend towards blaming immigrant nurses for taking the jobs which should or should not belong to American Nurses. You are reading page 10 of Nursing shortages, Baby boomers and the immigrant nurse Part 2. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

rashana specializes in ICU, PIC, BURN UNIT, PEDS, MED SURG, PSY.

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I wonder how many hospitals actively recruit nurses from outside the country, and I wonder if they get paid the same amount? Does anyone know?

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msn10 has 18 years experience and specializes in cardiac, ICU, education.

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We need to be careful how we judge here. Since immigration is such a hot topic, we are all a bit on edge.

"Foreign nurses" are those that are not citizens AND trained abroad AND do not posses a green card. I think some are confusing a green card holder as that of a foreign nurse.

The migration of nurses started to increase exponentially when the nursing shortage began. We only minded when the job opportunities recently became scarce.

Most of these nurses do not get paid less, but had a heck of a time trying to get into a nursing school in their own country. It is an honor for most of them to be her and they make a considerable amount more her then in their own country, ie: the Philippines

Our government is concerned with the amount of money they are sending back home (sometime in excess of 50% of their income) which takes the money our of our economy and puts it back into their.

On the flip side, nurses that come from Ireland, England, Australia, and even the Philippines are almost always bachelor's prepared and employers who can be choosey are picking them over ADN grads. International Council of Nurses (ICN)

However, although I am not a firm supporter of Obama, he did say "The notion that we would have to import nurses makes absolutely no sense," at a health care summit in March. "There are a lot of people [in the U.S.] who would love to be in that helping profession, and yet we just aren't providing the resources to get them trained--that's something we've got to fix." He added $100 million to the stimulus package to increase nurse educator training.

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