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Can I still be a nurse in the U.S.?
« on: March 23, 2010, 03:47:50 PM »
One of the famous questions among foreign nurses now is, “ Can I still work as a nurse in the U.S?” The retrogression for almost five years now plus the recession of the economy is making some nurses despair. These feelings of uncertainty are pretty normal especially since people are always on the lookout for what's best in their careers.

To shed some light on this question, Nurses' E-Learning Center has gathered some statistical data about the current and projected indicators of the nursing shortage in the United States.

In the Economic News Release of the the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (December 2009), the Nursing profession ranked 5th among occupations with the largest job openings.



What is even better for foreign nurses is that Floridian Representative Robert Wexler has proposed a bill that would allow for the extension of 20,000 visas to foreign nurses every year for the next three years. Should the bill in its current form not pass through the Senate, legislators plan to add an immigration reform package to Obama's healthcare reform to give immediate relief to the current shortage.
A significant report last July 02, 2009 revealed that the healthcare sector added 21,000 new jobs. In that same month, 467,000 jobs were eliminated from other industries. In September 2009, the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics confirmed that 544,000 jobs have been added in the healthcare sector since the recession began.

This data shows that despite job losses from nearly all major industries across the U.S, the healthcare sector continues to grow. Since nurses are the largest segment of the healthcare sector, RN and LPN/LVN will need to be hired to fill these positions.

The contributing factors compounding the nursing shortage in the U.S at present include:

1. Very low growth in nursing school enrollment

The American Association for Colleges of Nursing reports that in order to meet the current demand for nurses, the U.S needs a 90% increase in their nursing graduates compared to a 2.2% increase in 2008. This demonstrates that nursing schools have reached full capacity already. At that rate it would take over 40 years for the US to catch up! Obviously there needs to be a better solution.

2. Shortage of nursing school faculty
AACN reported that 49,948 qualified applicants were turned down in 2008 due to insufficient number of faculty, clinical sites, classroom space, clinical preceptors, and budget constraint. This is due to US nursing schools reaching maximum capacity.

3. Baby- boomer nurses
By year 2012, the projected average age of RN’s in the U.S are expected to be in their 50’s. They would become the largest segment of the nursing workforce, almost one quarter of the total RN population. 55% of surveyed nurses reported their intention to retire between 2011 and 2020. The majority of those surveyed were nurse managers. This means a faster chance of promotion for those just entering the profession.

One more factor that can add to the nursing shortage in the near future is Obama’s Healthcare Reform. This healthcare reform can insure more Americans by millions. Without major changes made soon on the current nursing shortage, the vacancy rate may quadruple. It is already impossible to fill the vacancies to be created by the baby boomers with the resources at present. America does not have enough nurses to fill the demands. At some point, the U.S would have to open her doors to more foreign nurses.
Research has shown that the inadequate levels of registered nurse staffing pose a significant threat to the safety and quality of patient care. Moreover, insufficient staffing is raising the stress levels of nurses, impacting job satisfaction, and driving many nurses to leave the profession.
So if you ask, “Can I still be a nurse in the United States?” The answer is a resounding, “YES!”. Considering all the factors mentioned above, the United States of America can not afford not to hire more foreign nurses to meet their nation’s healthcare needs.

Click here to view the Latest Employment Projections for 2008- 2018 by the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics.


SOURCE: http://nurses-blog.ph/2010/03/22/168/

cc: Nurses' E-Learning Center

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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2010, 03:48:39 PM »
This is very good news!! naa patay chance.. hihhihi :)) pero serve sako sa akong country.. weeeee!! :)


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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2010, 04:10:56 PM »
Mag nursing na lang mo, aron maka abroad.
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2010, 06:28:59 PM »
What counts most in this profession is dedication. ;)

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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2010, 10:56:47 PM »
yes i agree Manay. I had been in so many kinds of job but nursing was my CUP OF TEA. I is my passion. i may be a biatch to everybody but i am very compassionate to people i worked with.

Faithal naa pa kay chance dear. But who knows by then mo uswag na atong health care sa atoa before ka mo gawas? (or am i still dreaming?)
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« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2010, 03:18:00 AM »

 Sir Felix, maka abroad pa diay tingali ko kay Narsing man ako tinood ngalan... :) :)

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« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2010, 03:20:20 AM »


ahhh ikaw diay to si Narciso? hahahhaha! asa paman ka mo abroad? sa Iraq? pwede jud kay they need you there! ;D

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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2010, 06:09:55 AM »
In reality, there's no such thing as nursing shortage in the U.S. once again it's all
  but politics,  the aim is to bring the wages of the American nurses down by
  bringing foreigners to work here.

At present, you can check the classified ads whatever states you are in and see for yourself.
 My recent visit to New York City as I'd check the ads, no openings mentioned compared to years ago
  wherein 2 or 3 pages on Sunday papers had plenty of openings for nurses.

Here in the hospital where I work at present, many passed the board and became RNs
  but had to leave and look elsewhere for a job because even the nursing homes have
  no openings for them.

Due to outsourcing of manufacturing jobs, those who  got laid off have to retrain
 going back to school and healthcare jobs as nursing is a way to get a job, irregardless if
  have the desire or want to do  it but just to have a job.

But one things for sure, the hospitals cannot be sent overseas for cheap labor.
 
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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2010, 07:40:54 AM »
I know that Phil registered nurses are highly qualified, busa dinhe sa Germany, tahod ang mga doktor sa mga Pinay nurses. German needs only 3 years apprenticeship to learn this profession.

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« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2010, 11:40:55 PM »
There  will  always  be  a  place  for  Philippine Graduate  Nurses  here...every year so  many are  retiring  and  switching  jobs and  with  these  new  Health  Reform  bill, I think  we  need  more....I  agree with  Tess. Dedication and  credentials...but  of  course  the  money  is  not   too  bad  either.
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« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2010, 01:26:31 AM »
 actually, i've been to states 2 years ago for a visit pro student pako adto tyma,karon nga RN nako basin maka chance papud ko balik adto if pasar Nclex.. pero wa man pod ko gadali kay I'm loving my country here, and enjoyed working in here. but practically thinking lang po, for greener pasteurs, I want to work abroad aron maka contribute sad ko in some ways to uplift the healthcare system dre sa atoa.. hihihi.. ang embassy ramay dili mu-issue ug H1 visa or J1 coz of retrogression.. mao nah dghang natangong RN-USRN dre.. hihi..



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