The United States is about to learn the hard way what happens when an entire generation of nurses retires without enough new clinicians to fill their shoes at the bedside. That is how an opinion piece in Time magazine presents the US nursing crisis. The opinion piece co-authored by HHS Secretaries Kathleen Sebelius (Obama) and Alex Azar (Trump) urges Congress to recapture unused visas for qualified international nurses to address the growing US nursing shortage.
The Secretaries plainly argue that,
This is a whole-of-America crisis and we need a whole-of-government response, including a sensible loosening of licensing requirements, prioritize positive patient outcomes by modernizing the responsibilities and standards of nursing, supporting expanded educational opportunities, and enabling lawful employment-based immigration.
The Congress would do well to heed the Secretaries warnings and embrace their solutions.