Is the nursing shortage demanding U.S. employers to hire from overseas?
I was reading an article on the study of how foreign nurses adapt to the American health care system and culture. The study suggest or recommends that;
¨Health care should implement a carefully-designed communication course as an integral part of orientation.
¨In this class the nurses should be introduced to common idiomatic expressions, jargons and accents of native speakers.
¨They should be encouraged to watch television shows, listen to radio programs, and practice speakng the host’s country’s language even at home.
Now, what i was wondering is it not costly for hospitals to spend money to train all these nurses, not taking into consideration the paper work and processing time that is requires to bring a foreign nurse to this country. My question is it worth it to spend all this money and time, when there are new graduates who are unable to get jobs and could benefit from these same training.
I also went to the United States Immigration Service to research on the procedure of bring a foreign nurse and i found out that; Section 343 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA) of 1996 required that certain health care professionals educated outside the United States satisfy a screening program prior to receiving a temporary or permanent occupational visa (including H-1B, H-2B, TN, and permanent resident alien visas). The screening includes an assessment of an applicant’s foreign education to insure that it is comparable to that of a U.S. graduate in the same profession; (2) verification that the applicant’s licenses are valid and unencumbered; (3) determination of English language proficiency; and, in the case of nursing applicants, (4) verification that the nurse has either earned a CGFNS certificate or has passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Matiti, M., & Taylor, D. (2005). The cultural lived experience of internationally recruited nurses: A phenomenological study. Diversity in Health and Social Care, 2,7-15
United States Immigration Service. Temporary employment visas for nurses. Retrieved on March 11, 2011 from http://www.visaus.com/nurses.html