Nursing News: Don’t Count on Foreign Nurses to End the Nursing Shortage

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 27th, 2012

Experts are forecasting a major nursing shortage with estimates that 1.2 million nurses will be needed in the U.S. before 2020. In spite of these facts, foreign nurses are finding it increasingly difficult to gain entry into the States.

Nursing education in many countries does not meet standards equivalent to the U.S., particularly in the areas of maternity, pediatrics and psychiatry.

International nurses must go through a credentialing process, such as with international authority CGFNS, to ensure their education meets U.S. standards. Nurses applying to work in the U.S. usually need to take additional courses to make up deficiencies and meet our country’s standards, and must also show that they have both theory and clinical experience at an undergraduate level in each of these areas.

Too often the nursing shortage is veiled by the recession which is forcing nurses back into clinical settings, delaying retirement and deterring career changes.

How is your facility preparing for the severe nurse shortage looming between now and 2020?

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