Causes and Impact of Importing Foreign Nurses

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Causes and Impact of Importing Foreign Nurses Can you imagine this scene? When your child suddenly has a high fever in the middle of night, you hurry to the hospital. You find out that you have to wait in a crowded emergency room with your crying child because there are not enough nurses and doctors to take care of many patients right away. After a long wait, a nurse finally comes to check your sick baby, but you notice the nurse speaks English with heavy accent. You start to get irritated trying to understand her because you are tired and worried about your baby. You start to wonder if you can trust this nurse. Why this foreign nurse working at this hospital in the United States? Is she qualified? This situation is not unusual…show more content…
However, donor countries that struggle to keep health care facilities open are faced with issues including loss of skilled personnel, loss of economic investment, and high turnover rates. Loss of skilled personnel is frequently referred to as “brain drain” where experienced personnel move to receiving countries leaving behind inexperienced personnel, who must work alone in poor conditions. Health care has deteriorated in these donor countries in recent years as tens of thousands of nurses have moved abroad. Many African countries have begun to demand compensation for the training and loss of nurses and doctors who move away. Dugger reports that public health experts in poor countries, told about the immigration bill passed by the Senate in May, 2006 includes a provision that would allow unlimited entry to foreign-trained nurses until 2014, reacted with dismay and outrage, coupled with doubts that “their nurses could resist the magnetic pull of the United States, which sits at the pinnacle of the global labor market for nurses”. Holly Burkhalter, director of U.S. Policy and of the Health Action AIDS campaign at Physicians for Human Rights, said the nurse proposal could undermine the United States' multibillion-dollar effort to combat AIDS and malaria by potentially worsening the shortage of health workers in poor countries.
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