Thursday, December 6, 2007

US Needs About 700 Filipino Nurses

The United States of America (USA) is continuously facing a critical shortage with registered nurses (RNs) due to its rapid graying population, with regards to that, US is currently in need of some 700 licensed Filipino nurses.

Healthcare is the fastest growing industry in the United States of America (USA), since too many nurses are retiring, and too few are entering the profession. Thus, the need for qualified nurses becomes more pronounced especially in hospitals, nursing homes clinics and doctors’ offices.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports, the health care industry of US will need more than 1.2 million new and replacement nurses by the year 2014. And about 703,000 new RN positions will be created by the same year, which accounts for two-fifths of all new jobs in the health care sector.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics of US Department of Labor states that RNs, regardless of specialty or work setting, are responsible to perform basic duties that include treating patients, educating patients and the public about various medical conditions, and providing advice and emotional support to patients’ family members. They are also in charge to record patients’ medical histories and symptoms help to perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate medical machinery, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation.

Added to that, RNs teach patients and their families how to manage their illness or injury, including post-treatment home care needs, diet and exercise programs, and self-administration of medication and physical therapy. Some RNs also are trained to provide grief counseling to family members of critically ill patients. RNs work to promote general health by educating the public on various warning signs and symptoms of disease and where to go for help. RNs also might run general health screening or immunization clinics, blood drives, and public seminars on various conditions.

The Philippines is one of US source of registered nurses since the country has lots of supply of nurses.

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This article was first published in on October 31, 2006

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