NPR’s “On Point” program has done a great piece on exploited foreign labor in the US. The discussion mainly focused on agricultural and blue collar jobs, but the same situation applies to foreign trained health workers, especially nurses and medical residents. They are often paid less than the prevailing wage and given patient loads higher and shifts longer than is generally considered safe. In addition, any employers have used the threat of hiring foreing nurses to break American nursing unions. Not only are the foreign nurses abused, but the profession is degraded and patients are endangered. Patricia Pittman did a great study which revealed that 50% of foreign-trained nurses experienced significant labor violations.
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