Foreign Nurses: Solution or Scourge?
Can foreign nurses help alleviate the nursing shortage or will they simply contribute to the host of factors that are fueling the growing nursing crisis?
Jennifer Bunn, an RN writing for the blog Amateur Economist believes that, on the surface, importing nurses from other countries seems to be a practical approach to adressing the problem. But, Jennifer contends that if the core issues facing the healt care industry are not addressed then these nurses will simply fall prey to these factors and end up bailing also. In addition, Jennifer believes that foreign nurses will drive down wages and drive even more nurses from the profession.
Agree? Disagree? Do travel nurses contribute in any way to these issues? Are domestic travel nurses vulnerable to the same potentially negative influences as staff nurses?
Let us know.