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HEALTH CARE COMPANIES COMMENT ON PRESIDENT'S REMARKS ON FOREIGN NURSES

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The American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment (AAIHR) an organization of US based international healthcare recruitment service providers which has the stated goal of promoting legal, ethical, and professional practices for international healthcare recruitment, has commented on President Obama's remarks last week on foreign nurses and the nursing shortage:

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The
American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment (AAIHR) applauds
President Obama's public recognition of the United States' severe nursing
shortage at last week's White House Health Summit, as well as his commitment to
addressing this important issue in a bipartisan manner.  While a comprehensive, long-term solution is
the obvious goal, the reality is that the nursing shortage is compromising
patient safety now, and immediate action is needed to ensure that health care
providers are able to adequately staff their facilities.>
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Therefore,
we believe that it is important to recognize the critical role foreign nurses
have played in filling the growing number of vacancies in healthcare facilities
throughout the country.  For years,
hospitals and long term care facilities have augmented their nursing staffs
with competent, well-trained, U.S.-licensed international nurses.  Current visa caps, however, have reduced the
number of immigrant nurses over the past several years at a time we need them
the most.             >>





We
share the President's view that solving this problem requires providing nursing
schools with additional faculty and training resources, and we believe that
increased federal funding for domestic nurse training and retention is the key
to a long-term solution.  It is important
to note, however, that increased funding will not put nurses by the beside in
the near term.  As an immediate
short-term and stop-gap measure, the recruitment and placement of international
nurses are vital to hospitals' and long term care facilities' ability to
operate at full capacity to care for their communities.  This issue is really about critical, timely
and accessible health care across the board, and foreign-trained nurses are a
readily available, reliable and dependable source for the United States and
will provide us with the time we need to grow our own without putting patient
safety at risk.>
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Last
year, we joined with the American Hospital Association, the American Healthcare
Association, and other industry stakeholders in support of bipartisan
legislation that would provide both immediate and longer term remedies to the
nursing shortage.  The Emergency Nurse
Supply Relief Act of 2008, introduced by Reps. Wexler (D-FL) and Sensenbrenner
(R-WI), would allow a limited number of qualified immigrant nurses to quickly
fill vacancies in our health care system, while also providing significant
funding for domestic nurse training and retention at no expense to thelace w:st="on">lace> US taxpayer. >
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We
wholeheartedly agree with Rep. Capps' recent statement that "nurses deliver
healthcare," and many would share the view that comprehensive healthcare
legislation should not be enacted without addressing the nursing shortage
first.  We believe that the Emergency
Nurse Supply Relief Act is a bipartisan, common sense approach to immediately
addressing the nursing shortage, while also providing significant domestic
nurse education funding at no expense to thelace w:st="on">lace> US taxpayer. >
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The
legislation would provide up to 20,000 visas per year over a three year period
for nurses and physical therapists, allowing healthcare providers to begin
filling vacancies within three months of the enactment of the legislation.  More importantly, however, the legislation
would require sponsoring employers of registered nurses to pay an additional
$1500 fee per visa, which would be used to fund additional capitation grants to
USlace w:st="on">lace> nursing schools, as detailed in Senator Durbin's (D-IL) NEED Act.>
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While
the recently enacted economic stimulus bill includes approximately $100 million
to address the nursing shortage, we believe that providing $90 million over a
three year period in private funding is concrete evidence of the employers'
commitment to an increased investment in our nation's nursing schools.  The bipartisan legislation we continue to
support provides this vital funding.>
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Karen
M. Fleming, President>>




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  1. t-cell's Avatar
    They need to introduce this bill ASAP as well.

    With the disastrous April Visa Bulletin showed dates retrogressing back to 2003 (and 2001 for India) I can tell you that nurses waiting abroad (Philippines, India, China, UK)with already completed immigration cases and merely just waiting for the visa numbers to be given are already starting to look for other countries like Canada, Australia, Singapore, Dubai and other Middle-eastern countries.

    And I emphasize completed immigration cases and ready to go to the US as soon as visas are available. Some of them waiting for 2-4 years already. If they all decide to go to other countries before anything is passed majority of them will be staying put on those countries for a while and new recruits will have to go through the process from the beginning and that will be another 1-2 years wait because they are starting from scratch unlike those already waiting for 2-4 years that already went through the process.

    The bill can't be delayed this time around.
  2. guest's Avatar
    Maybe this time around the government will enact this law. However, a bill similar to the last congress' HR5924 have not yet been introduced, am I correct? Dear legislators,please do not delay passing this very important bill for nursing immigration. Not only these nurses will be able to get their visas, but they will pay a lot in taxes, and potentially buy houses and other goods thus contributing to bringing back the economical growth.
  3. George Chell's Avatar
    I think they have to move on this Obama and the Congress do not want more blood in his hands! All well and fine to train new nurses, perhaps they even need to glut the market with well qualified nurses to try and bring the health costs down. The doctor and nurses fees account for nearly 60% of all expenditures, which is very high compared to Singapore or Australia.
  4. t-cell's Avatar
    I think there should be more public awareness of this bill and the real situation.

    On this recent article from politico.com: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0309/19824.html

    Pres. Obama is willing to take on the teacher's unions for the greater good of the public and if there is overwhelming public support for it.

  5. guest's Avatar
    To Mr. George Chell - do you have any idea when the Schedule A for nurses legislation will be reintroduced and passed?
  6. ER's Avatar
    I am wondering how these people feel when they heard stories about families suffered because of this retrogression? It is already a common knowledge to everybody how the many years of waiting for our PD to be current has become a brain twister. It can not be denied that America now is in need of healthcare professionals but they are just making themselves blind and deaf. When are they going to action? maybe when there is no more foreign healthcare staffs believe on them? Do not wait for the time that no one will ever dream in going to USA anymore?
  7. George Chell's Avatar
    "To Mr. George Chell - do you have any idea when the Schedule A for nurses legislation will be reintroduced and passed?"

    Dont know. Please ask Greg. However, the problem is with the congress. Obama will sign it if congress passes the legislation. Meanwhile, we need to retrain people like NoH2B to become a nurse.
  8. SHANTHI MANICKAM ,CHENNAI,INDIA's Avatar
    MR.President please allow indian nurses to do service in US.GIVE VISAS TO INDIAN NURSES. THANK YOU
  9. health supplements's Avatar
    i think the government must action to increase health care companies
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