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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

UNIONS TRYING TO BLOCK NURSE VISAS

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This is really something. Nursing unions are trying to block a bill to allow more visas for nurses despite a massive shortage that exists TODAY and which is endangering patients NOW and is instead pressuring Congress to reject the bill in favor of measures that MIGHT produce more nurses SEVERAL YEARS IN THE FUTURE.



It's fine to say that steps need to be taken to get more Americans to go in to nursing or return to nursing. I suspect that this is less about patients and more about money. The worse the nursing shortage, the more money unions can command at the bargaining table. If this were really about trying to help American nurses, there would be no object to nurses coming in on at least non-immigrant visas during the multi-year period it would take to increase the domestic supply of nurses. But guess what? These same unions are opposing work visa bills as well as green cards.



These unions need to explain why their proposal is not endangering patients during the period when their plan is being implemented (which will likely last ten years or more in my opinion).




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  1. George's Avatar
    Plain Greed! John Maynard Keynes once said that in the long run we all will be dead! However, if we listen to the Union (or for that matter Obama who wants to sharply increase nurses salaruy), in the short run we all will be dead! The health care expenditures in the US account for nearly 16% of GDP the highest in the world. A 15% salary increase for nurses due to shortage would lead to another 2% in health expenditures as a proprotion og GDP. Insurance corporations will not bear those costs and would either increase premiums or dum senior citizens..perhaps this is what the unions and to some extent Obama want. Not acceptable.
  2. George's Avatar
    Plain Greed! John Maynard Keynes once said that in the long run we all will be dead! However, if we listen to the Union (or for that matter Obama who wants to sharply increase nurses salaruy), in the short run we all will be dead! The health care expenditures in the US account for nearly 16% of GDP the highest in the world. A 15% salary increase for nurses due to shortage would lead to another 2% in health expenditures as a proprotion og GDP. Insurance corporations will not bear those costs and would either increase premiums or dum senior citizens..perhaps this is what the unions and to some extent Obama want. Not acceptable.
  3. John's Avatar
    cynical and angering. this particular issue is turning me against organized & skilled American labor. in addition to a small number of visas, the bill increases funding to train more American nurses. if neither events happen, well, aren't we nurses sitting pretty? nursing pay has risen faster than any other job category even as Schedule A allocated visas previously. without visas... LET'S HAVE A LABOR CRISIS, WHERE PEOPLE GET PRICED OUT OF MEDICAL CARE! cynical and angering.
  4. George Chell's Avatar
    Full twenty years ago, former Governor Richard Lamm of Colorado suggested that senior citizens should roll over and die. Perhaps the RN Union is trying to implement his idea.

    http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=health&res=9E01E5D91E39F93AA15750C0A962948260
  5. Judith's Avatar
    When there are shortage of personal to take care patients, Nursing unions are voicing for better working conditions.

    You Greedy Nursing Unions!!
  6. John's Avatar
    Greedy Nursing unions!! at the cost of their sick countrymen
  7. 's Avatar
    I don't know what these 60,000 foreign nurses will do to these US nursing force. They don't understand that this 60,000 quota will give them 90000000 USD to train their domestic nurses. These people are becoming selfish and it seems that they have not taken any oath in their lamp lighting ceremony and their graduation ceremonies.
  8. anonymous's Avatar
    I object to H.R.5924, the "Emergency Nursing Supply Relief Act". Increasing the number of work visas seems like an easy solution. However, I believe that developing a long-term strategy that directly addresses the factors contributing to the nurse shortage in our country, such as increasing our capacity to educate new nurses and improving working conditions, is a more productive use of time and resources and is the only real way in which America can solve this long-term issue.

    Import of foreign nurses into the USA is a short-sighted expediency that does not go to the core of the nurse shortage problem. The real underlying problem is that plenty of American applicants for nurse schools are turned away each year just because there are no enough nurse schools and teaching staff in the USA. The 3 solutions to this problem is: education, education, education. Please reject H.R.5924, the "Emergency Nursing Supply Relief Act"; instead, build more nurse schools in the USA.
  9. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Anonymous - What is the acceptable number of patients you're comfortable with dying unnecessarily while we wait for your solution to take effect?
  10. Minimol's Avatar
    I hope the Unions will also put in a demand to USCIS that no more I 140 applications are accepted and also request NCSBN and CGFNS to conduct the examination and take money from the Philipines and Indians. When they do not need foreign nurses why should they take money from foreigners by means of visa fees and examination. They should ask President Bush to close down CGFNS.
  11. Minimol's Avatar
    Has the union written to USCIS not to accept any more I 140 petitions and also to stop CGFNS and NCLEX examination in India
    and Philipines. If the Union is against the Bill they have the
    responsibility to ensure that Government of America does not take money from the poor nurses of developing countries. Also it is height of time for them to approach the house representatives to introduce a bill to stop accepting I 140 petitions and also to close down international examination centres of NCLEX.
  12. Nurse's Avatar
    I am a foreign born nurse who took nursing education in USA. During my education I learned that caring and nursing are the two sides of one coin..I do not see any defination of "Caring" in the letter of Nursing Union. I do not think this union as "RN working together" I see them as "RN working for more money at coast of their patient's life" What a shame to be a member of such a union.. Do not forget that these union members would be a patient someday...and they would realize when their care would affected by nursing shortage. I am urging to the members of this union that "Try to be a human if you can not be a nurse" (Even if you took education to be a nurse)God bless you.......
  13. Barry's Avatar
    I strongly feel that American workers do want to train to become nurses. My wife applied to nursing school years ago, only to be turned away because the school had so few openings.
    Lets allow foreign nurses to train American students nursing. More schools, will mean more US nurses and lower costs. This was no accident. It was carefully engineered. How else can you explain the lack of school programs despite the enormous demand from students. Show me a nursing program that isn't fully booked. WHY?
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