no doubt that Americastill lacks local resident to fill up positions for their healthcare
facilities. For this reason, recruitment of foreign health workers in Americais set to continue until the year 2014. The fact that majority of the US
populations nowadays are aging and increase in the number of retiring health
workers made this necessary.
to a recruitment consultant, who works for Federated Association of Manpower
Exporters (FAME), Emmanuel Geslani, an estimate of 1.2 million nurses will be
hired in the United Statesuntil 2014.
based his statement from a report of the US Department of Health and Human
Services that aside from the 500,000 nurses that need to be hired to replaced
retirees, Americaalso has to recruit 700,000 more to take care of the aging baby boomers in the years
Geslani advised Filipino nurses that although there is a need for foreign
nurses in America,
the US States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) is yet to create and
implement rules that would make visa processing of foreign nurses easier.
reason, the recruitment consultant said that instead of solely focusing their
attention to the USjob market, nurses should still seek job opportunities elsewhere. Geslani
recommends the Middle East citing that even if the salary is not as high as
what nurses in Americagets, one need not wait for years before getting a job there.
also informed that the USCIS are currently reviewing proposals to expedite visa
applications of foreign nurses. One of the suggestions is to allot a specific lane
and category for foreign nurses.
Gesalani said, “The nursing shortage in the US may not be solved in the
immediate future as policy recommendations will have to be approved and the red
tape involved in the processing of nurses visas will have to be resolved
without the CIS letting up on its safeguards in setting up standards for
foreign nurses qualifications.”