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November 26, 2009


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Ben, also see the DHS report recommending that legislation be passed to ease the nursing shortage:


A number of AZ congressmen have introduced a Nursing Relief Act of 2009 but it's come to little avail due to the political contentiousness of the topic:


Unfortunately, I think it will take a major incident for this matter to be taken up in earnest.


Emmanuel, thanks for the references, I'll follow them up.

This topic will engage powerful interest groups on both sides. I imagine that medical professional associations will be reluctant to pursue these reforms, but older people especially, and medical consumers in general, will have an interest in them. The two bills you and I identified originate in the Florida and Arizona congressional delegations - retirement states.

There's also a logical argument - medical tourism is the import of medical services and there seems to be a lot of interest in that - why is that better than other modes of importing medical services? In debate, the question could be posed as, "Why should foreign jurisdictions get the indirect and induced job impacts flowing from the a medical services "base" industry?

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Despite a growing nursing shortage, nursing schools continue to turn away more potential nurses. The number of applicants denied admission to nursing schools has increased six-fold since 2002 because of a lack of instructors, according to a report by Pricewaterhouse Coopers' Health Research Institute. The report also found that half of all new nurses leave their first job within two years. The nurse work force in general is dissatisfied for three primary reasons: excessive paperwork, heavy workloads and inadequate staffing. They wonder why there is a nursing shortage?

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I don't think there is something wrong hiring foreign nurses. They are motivated with high paying salaries and if your a nurse and you receive a rate which is three folds from where you came from, will work less than what you're boss expect you too?

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