COVID-19, burnout, and an aging baby boomer generation have led to a nationwide nurse labor shortage — reinforcing our need to hire across the borders.
For over two grueling years, the devoted doctors and nurses working in America’s hospitals and health systems have endured the overwhelming impact of COVID-19. The pandemic has been frustrating, exhausting, and undeniably devastating for all of us. But few have felt the brunt of the blow as forcefully as those on the front line.
In October 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that between 80,000 and 180,000 healthcare workers across the globe may have died as a result of the virus. And according to the American Nurses Association, it was 500 nurses among 3,500 U.S. health workers that made the ultimate sacrifice — tragically losing their lives after caring for fellow patients who had been suffering from the illness.
As we emerge from the pandemic, the shortage of nurses is exacerbated further by collective coronavirus trauma.
While the nation grieved a harrowing loss of human life, some made the gut-wrenching decision to step away from their jobs. A considerable amount of nurses, however, tirelessly continued to care for society — albeit under slightly safer conditions. Hospitals adopt further protective measures to shield their workforce and 88% of surveyed nurses were fully vaccinated to reduce their risk of serious illness.
Paradoxically, the vaccine rollout led to a further loss of nurses, with hundreds of healthcare workers being fired or suspended for not complying with the mandate. The Morning Consult reports that 18% of healthcare workers quit their job amid the chaos, while another 12% were laid off. In both instances, their departures were driven by COVID-19-related issues, insufficient pay or opportunities, and burnout.
The same survey indicates that medical staffing shortages were widespread, adding that the nationwide field was experiencing a loss of manpower even before the pandemic hit. In fact, Healthline claims that the nursing shortage began in 2012 and is expected to last until 2030. An aging baby boomer generation, changes in healthcare policies, and technological advancements were the additional causes and they have only reinforced our need for qualified individuals to keep health care systems alive.
Dedicated workers, passionate professionals, unsung heroes — however you refer to nurses, they keep society thriving.
Frontline workers are the backbone of America and nurses are a vital part of the healthcare system. Their key functions can be summarized as promoting wellness, preventing disease, and delivering health care services to communities. Further highlighting their importance, studies have shown that when hospitals have a sufficient amount of nurses, patient safety, mortality rates, and overall outcomes are improved.
It’s not just society as a whole who benefits, the career itself can be incredibly rewarding for an individual. Working as a nurse is the ultimate way to nurture a desire to help others while earning a living: An individual may help save a life while bringing a new one into the world, assist families with getting through difficult times, or keep a healthcare facility running smoothly behind the scenes. Despite the personal advantages, the nursing staff shortage data demonstrates that it simply isn’t enough.
Are there nursing staffing solutions for struggling hospitals?
As previously stated, the nursing shortage is expected to continue for several more years. In fact, more than 1 million registered new nurses will be required by 2030, with California being hit the hardest by this deficit. In addition to these newly created positions, the roles of those heading into retirement or simply leaving the profession for various other reasons will need to be filled. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that this demand will create a total of 175,900 openings each year until 2029.
As the continuous flow of statistics suggests that American citizens will not be snapping up these job opportunities, it’s becoming clear that we must extend our reach in order to entice employees and keep the medical workforce intact. While hiring across the borders seems like a complicated affair, the process is simplified by recruitment agencies and law firms that specialize in hiring foreign workers.
Making the move from Mexico to the U.S. as a nurse is an attractive prospect, primarily because of the salary benefits. America is the third highest-paying country for registered nurses with an average national salary of $66,608 compared to a mere $11,260 in Mexico. A dramatic increase in wages is enticing for foreign workers and is likely to be enough to counteract the reasons why domestic nurses have quit their jobs.
The 3 Amigos Recruitment Agency and Wyngaard Law Firm offer a turn-key service for healthcare facilities in need of nurses.
The 3 Amigos Recruiting and Wyngaard Immigration Lawyers have teamed up to help hospitals and healthcare facilities suffering from the nursing staff shortage. With offices located in Guanajuato City, Mexico, this established recruitment agency procures fully qualified nurses with a desire to work in the U.S. Making the process even more seamless for employers, the counterpart law firm handles all of the TN visa requirements so that they can either legally live within or commute to the country.
Are you a hospital or healthcare facility in need of nurses? Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hire highly skilled and screen professionals. Get in contact with the 3 Amigos Recruiting and Wyngaard Immigration Lawyers today!