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10 Sentosa Nurses Acquitted by a New York Court

January 17, 2009 · Filed Under In the news, Work in the US · Comment 

New York’s state appeals court on Thursday acquitted the 10 Filipino “Sentosa Nurses” from criminal charges of endangering their patients when they decided to leave their posts in a Long Island nursing home back in 2006.

These Filipino nurses left their jobs in protest against recruitment violations from their employer, Sentosa Recruitment Agency, the company that hired them from the Philippines for a 3-year contract to work in the United States.

In an unprecedented decision, the court also stopped the Suffolk district attorney’s from pursuing further criminal charges against the 10 Filipino nurses along with their lawyer at the time, Felix Vinluan.

The 10 nurses who were acquitted were Elmer Jacinto, Juliet Anilao, Harriet Avila. Mark de la Cruz, Claudine Gamiao, Jennifer Lampe, Rizza Maulion, James Millena, Ma. Theresa Ramos and Ranier Sichon.

Some of the nurses had been working as doctors in the Philippines and took up nursing to be able to work in the US. Jacinto, for instance, a licensed doctor, topped the medical board examinations in 2004.

Ironically, the Sentosa Nurses lost their cases and claims for compensation filed in the Philippines against their employer when the POEA, NLRC and the DOJ dismissed the recruitment and contract violations and illegal dismissal cases.

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More Healthcare Nursing Jobs and Work Opportunities in the US Because of Nursing Shortage

October 16, 2008 · Filed Under In the news, Insights, Work in the US · Comment 

Healthcare nursing job opportunities in the US is now, more than ever, real than projected years ago.  The expected nursing shortage as far back as early 2000 which the the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) have predicted has now compounded to unexpected scale.  Hospitals and healtcare institution are now feeling the bite of the shortage in their facilities.

Several causes of nursing shortage have been accurately pinpointed (as predicted long ago).

1. Small enrollees for nursing profession can fill seats of aging nurses – Despite the fact that enrollment numbers for nursing programs in schools have increased slightly recently, experts believe that such an increase is not even enough to fill the projected demand for nurses over the new few years. Fact is, some experts estimate that the enrollment numbers for younger people entering nursing programs would have to increase exponentially, by at least 40 percent annually, to meet the increasing demand for nurses as older registered nurses, or RNs, retire from the work force.

2. Lack of faculty to educate and train nurses – The sad fact however is that enrollment cannot increase in the desired numbers simply because of limiting factors placed on nursing programs. It has been estimated that about two-thirds of nursing schools turned aspiring and qualified applicants away because of lack of staff and facilities to teach them. Without the institution and the faculty to educate and train the nurses, more and more youth will divert their attention to other profession. Nursing programs in the country are not well funded and cannot afford the staff, laboratories, and clinical facilities required to fulfill the needs of more nursing students.

3. Aging American population – Of course, as more and more baby boomers retire and age, the need for more nurses to care for them also increases. However, because of the shortage of facilities and lack of funding to train new nurses as discussed above, hospitals, healthcare and other medical facilities are experiencing a scary shortage that can hamper the American health care system if not addressed soonest.

4.  Inability to Import Nurses – Each year thousands and thousands of qualified nurses abroad wants to work in the States and help care their population in exchange for work and money.  However, the visa retrogression is preventing the inflow of new nurses to the United States until a law will ease up the US Visa issue. This nursing shortage will just be compounded by the lack of new nurses entering the work force as older RNs choose to retire.

There are many other reasons why more and more nurses are going out of the system but the above are major ones.  Others include attractive pay from other profession, nursing burnouts (due to shortage), lack of funding for nurses development and inadequate attention to nurses needs.

We are hoping that the Filipino nurses will benefit later on this huge demand and nursing job opportunities in the US.
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Hospital in the US Confirmed Nursing Shortage Due to Aging Population

October 15, 2008 · Filed Under In the news, Insights, Interesting Blogs, Work in the US · Comment 

Just got off some local online newspaper in the States where a hospital confirmed that the United States will be needing more nurses due to its aging population in the very near term. The baby boomers are aging and they need adequate medical and nursing care as part of the country’s healthcare program.  This is a good opportunity for Filipino nurses to fill in the need in the US despite the the not so good updates on the US Visa Retrogression.

According to the report, there are plenty of American college students who wish to earn a nursing degree but lack of nursing faculty is the fueling the nursing shortage further. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), reported that U.S. nursing schools turned away more than 40,000 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2007 due to lack of faculty, clinical sites, classrooms, clinical teachers and budget constraints.

The AACN expects in its report that by 2025, the shortage could reach 500,000 as we earlier reported in this site. Some 30,000 additional nurses should be graduated every year in order to meet this shortage.

See the complete story here.

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US Estimates 500,000 Nurses needed between 2016 to 2025 on top of local US nurses

October 12, 2008 · Filed Under Insights, Work in the US · 1 Comment 

It has been reported that US Labor Department gave estimates that they will be needing 500,000 more foreign nurses between 2016 until 2025 as there will be millions of elderly American citizens within this period that needs specialized care.

This is on top of the current training for their local nurses which is expected be not enough to attend to the needs of the growing aging population.

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