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Monday, May 29, 2006

Here's a Job Americans Would Do - NURSING - by Robert Kuttner

America has a nursing shortage, so Republican Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas has the perfect solution: imports. His provision in the Senate's immigration bill would waive the ceiling on the number of foreign nurses who can immigrate. Most come from poorer countries like the Philippines and India.
 
According to The New York Times, which first reported on this little-noticed provision, the American Hospital Association reports about 118,000 vacancies for nurses, and the federal government projects a nurse shortage of 800,000 by 2020.
 
Outsourcing is killing plenty of American jobs. But nursing is a good job that can't be outsourced, because the patients are here. Hey, no problem. We'll just in-source foreign workers.
 
Nursing is not one of those jobs you hear about in the immigration debate that ``Americans don't want to do." Plenty of Americans would love to be nurses. However, as shortages grow, working conditions deteriorate, and nurses suffer burnout.
 
Nor is nursing a job where low pay discourages Americans from taking the jobs. Hospital-based nurses earn an average of over $60,000. The problem isn't the pay; it's the over work. But the deeper cause of the shortage and the speed-up is our failure to invest in educating the next generation of nurses.
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1 Comments:

Blogger Nurse Jenny said...

Lets help the nurses

A hospital executive would feel more comfortable contracting a nurses from an agency dedicated to temporary medical staffing than from a one-stop-shop that also places welders, janitors and filing clerks.

Try to visit this site How to start a nursing home its a nursing guide.. And its a solution to the nursing shortage crisis. Lets stop the nursing shortage crisis!

7/14/2006 5:36 AM  

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