By the year 2022, the American Nursing Association (ANA) estimates that the United States healthcare system will be short 1.1 million nurses. This projection is forecasted to be caused by two things, the age of current nursing professionals and an increase in demands for nurses.
To replace the retiring nurses, and care for an increasingly elderly U.S. population, the country will need to educate a new wave of healthcare providers or look to foreign-trained nurses for assistance. Just as foreign-trained nurses came to help understaffed U.S. hospitals during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s, American hospitals must again look towards foreign nurses to fill the impending gaps.
According to a 2016 study by the Institute for Immigration Research and the Immigrant Learning Center, foreign-trained nurses make up nearly 15% of the American nursing workforce. While most of these foreign-trained nurses are practice in New York, California, Florida, Texas, and New Jersey, there are nursing shortages in many other areas of the country. As mentioned in some of our other blog posts, there are many rural and impoverished countries and towns lacking proper healthcare access. The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration notes that certain portions of Arizona, Colorado, and North Carolina will be the most susceptible to the nursing shortage and therefore, it is crucial to introduce supplemental help in these areas first.
Clinical Experiences for Nurses
Just as foreign-trained physicians come to the United States to complete rotations, which prepare them to enter the U.S. physician workforce, foreign-born nurses can also benefit from doing rotations in the United States. As the nursing shortage intensifies, completing clinical rotations in the United States will help acclimate foreign-trained nurses to the U.S healthcare environment and prepare them for immigration to the country.
AMOpportunities offers more than two dozen clinical experiences in nursing, all of which take place in the U.S. Nurses can choose from rotations in a variety of medical specialties which include, internal medicine, cardiology, gastroenterology, psychiatry, obstetrics & gynecology, orthopedic surgery, anesthesiology, dermatology, and general surgery. Completing an AMO nursing rotation is an advantageous first step to entering the American nursing workforce, a workforce that must heavily rely on foreign-trained nurses in the coming years.
Did you know AMO offers rotations designed specifically for individuals in nursing?