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U.S. healthcare system pinched by nursing shortage - Monday, March 9, 2009

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. healthcare system is pinched by a persistent nursing shortage that threatens the quality of patient care even as tens of thousands of people are turned away from nursing schools, according to experts.

The shortage has drawn the attention of President Barack Obama. During a White House meeting on Thursday to promote his promised healthcare system overhaul, Obama expressed alarm over the notion that the United States might have to import trained foreign nurses because so many U.S. nursing jobs are unfilled.

Democratic U.S. Representative Lois Capps, a former school nurse, said meaningful healthcare overhaul cannot occur without fixing the nursing shortage. "Nurses deliver healthcare," Capps said in a telephone interview.

An estimated 116,000 registered nurse positions are unfilled at U.S. hospitals and nearly 100,000 jobs go vacant in nursing homes, experts said.

The shortage is expected to worsen in coming years as the 78 million people in the post-World War Two baby boom generation begin to hit retirement age. An aging population requires more care for chronic illnesses and at nursing homes.

"The nursing shortage is not driven by a lack of interest in nursing careers. The bottleneck is at the schools of nursing because there's not a large enough pool of faculty," Robert Rosseter of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing said in a telephone interview.

Nursing colleges have been unable to expand enrollment levels to meet the rising demand, and some U.S. lawmakers blame years of weak federal financial help for the schools.

Almost 50,000 qualified applicants to professional nursing programs were turned away in 2008, including nearly 6,000 people seeking to earn master's and doctoral degrees, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing said.

PAY DIFFERENCES

One reason for the faculty squeeze is that a nurse with a graduate degree needed to teach can earn more as a practicing nurse, about $82,000, than teaching, about $68,000.

Obama called nurses "the front lines of the healthcare system," adding: "They don't get paid very well. Their working conditions aren't as good as they should be."

The economic stimulus bill Obama signed last month included $500 million to address shortages of health workers. About $100 million of this could go to tackling the nursing shortage. There are about 2.5 million working U.S. registered nurses.

Separately, Senator Dick Durbin and Representative Nita Lowey, both Democrats, have introduced a measure to increase federal grants to help nursing colleges.

Peter Buerhaus, a nursing work force expert at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, said the nursing shortage is a "quality and safety" issue. Hospital staffs may be stretched thin due to unfilled nursing jobs, raising the risk of medical errors, safety lapses and delays in care, he said.

A study by Buerhaus showed that 6,700 patient deaths and 4 million days of hospital care could be averted annually by increasing the number of nurses. "Nurses are the glue holding the system together," Buerhaus said

 
Mexico NCLEX Training - Tuesday, March 25, 2008

 We are pleased to introduce the enhanced NCLEX Training Program for our Spanish speaking Registered Nurses. We encourage all Latinos Registered Nurses to take advantage of this great opportunity to enhance their education.
To better serve the Spanish-speaking Registered Nurses who wish to migrate to USA workforce, the Hiring Nurse Group have began offering a NCLEX training for motivated Registered Nurses.
The program will be taught on Saturday and Sundays 8 hours of classroom instruction and a course textbook will offer essential information needed by Registered Nurses to effectively communicate with patients and doctors.

 
Online Nurse Booking - Monday, February 11, 2008

What makes us different?
We focus on providing unique, cost-effective solutions for our clients all over the world. We understand the market better than anyone else; We did it again, now you are able to save time and money after Hiring Nurse Group announced the completion of an online booking of nurses for hospitals to seek nurses’ availability. This will eliminate the high rates hospitals pay and as well as for nurses who deal with a third-party temporary Nurse-Registry.

 
NURSE SHORTAGE LOOMS IN CALIFORNIA AND NATIONWIDE ACCORDING TO UCSF STUDY - Sunday, October 21, 2007

California faces a shortage of registered nurses and needs to increase the supply to keep pace with the rapid growth of the state’s population, according to a study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and the Public Policy Institute of California. Based on California’s projected population growth, researchers from the UCSF Center for California Health Workforce Studies estimate an additional 43,000 registered nurses (RNs) will be needed by 2010 and an additional 74,000 by 2020 to maintain a stable ratio of RNs to population.
"Demand for RNs will rise rapidly over the next two decades as the population in California grows. Improvements in wages and working conditions might lead to modest increases in the number of California RNs working in the field and in migration from other states and countries but will not be adequate to meet the state’s long range requirements," said Coffman.

 
Training Center in Philippine
Training Center in Philippine - Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Due to the increasing number of inquiries about job opportunities in United State, from healthcare organizations in the USA., we have decided to collaborate with a very dependable and well organized training Center in Philippines. Mr. Roger has more than 20 years experience in the area of educational and healthcare Training. He has work for Multinationals and government agencies and has lectured extensively in the lecturing circuit since 1985 and continues to teach and share his insight with students pursuing their overseas Healthcare programmes with specialization in NCLEX, and TOEFL Preprations. Mr. Roger is founder and the President of St.Louis group, a leading training group in Asia and has consulting experience across Asia pacific. Besides his excellent academic credentials, also operated numerous Review Centers which provides the High Quality Review Preparation for Foreign Nurses. These are the St.Louis Review Center sites. Manila, Baguio City, Cebu City, Iloilo City, Bacolod City, Bohol City, Cagayan de Oro City, Iligan City, Ozamis City, Davao City, General Santos City, and Zamboanga City. This colaboration will allow us to provide more qualified Philippine Registered Nurses to Hospital’s human resource needs and to provide New Graduates and professionals with career opportunities in U.S.A. The Hiring Nurse and to support Hiring Nurse Group (HNG) has been continuously trying to help and solve the nursing shortage in the U.S.

 
M-1 Vocational visa - Monday, May 7, 2007

Persistence Pays Off!

We are proud to announce our approval of M-1 Vocational visa for Foreign Registered Nurses.

Our Educational Department recently was authorized by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to issue the M-1 form. Foreign Registered Nurses not living in the U.S. can use an M-1 form issued by THNG to apply for an M Visa from their home country. Students currently attending another school in the U.S. can transfer to THNG. Other individuals currently in the U.S. can change their visa status to an M Vocational Visa through THNG.

Students who request an M-1 will be required to complete a registration form and submit certain financial information. Our Student Counselors and "Foreign Student Office" will guide you through the necessary steps to receive an M-1.

When you are accepted into our program, a completed M-1 form and a letter of acceptance will be given or sent to you. Our Foreign Student Office will assist students residing in the U.S. by processing their change of visa status or their application for a transfer from another U.S. school and by having all required documents forwarded to the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Overseas students will have to go to their local U.S. Consulate or Embassy with their passport, M-1 form issued by THNG, and appropriate financial information to apply for an M-1 Student Visa.

 
Join our Job Fair - Friday, December 8, 2006

Due to the increasing number of inquiries about job opportunities in United State, from healthcare organizations in the USA., we have decided to schedule another job fair in El Salvador. The intent of this event is to provide more qualified Latino Registered Nurses to Hospital’s human resource needs and to provide students and professionals with career opportunities in U.S.A. The Hiring Nurse and to support Hiring Nurse Group (HNG) has been continuously trying to help and solve the nursing shortage in the U.S. If you are a company which has business in healthcare and would like to hire qualified Registered Nurses this event will serve your company's need. Please call us to discuss professional employment opportunities with employer representatives from private corporations, government and educational institutions.

 
NCSBN to Expand Number of International Testing Sites for NCLEX® Examinations - Tuesday, November 21, 2006


CHICAGO – The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), http://www.ncsbn.org/, will expand the number of sites that offer the NCLEX® examinations abroad for domestic nurse licensure purposes. NCSBN’s Board of Directors affirmed the decision at its December 2005 meeting upon recommendations from the NCSBN Examination Committee.
The current international sites for NCLEX examinations in London, England; Seoul, South Korea; and Hong Kong have been operational since January 2005. It is planned that the new sites will begin to offer the exam sometime in the next year. The new testing sites will be located in Australia, India, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Germany and Taiwan. The exact location(s) within each country is yet to be determined and, at this time, no schedule of implementation has been set.
Intended for the purposes of domestic nurse licensure in U.S. states and territories, additional sites were chosen based on the same rigorous criteria that the three current sites were evaluated on. The evaluation included security and geographic representation outside of the current member board of nursing locations. All security policies and procedures currently used to administer the NCLEX examination domestically will be fully implemented at these international locations.

 
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