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Short-Staffed and COVID-Battered, U.S. Hospitals Are Hiring More Foreign Nurses



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Scores of hospitals across the U.S. are looking abroad to ease a shortage of nurses worsened by the coronavirus pandemic.

The national demand is so great that it has created a backlog of health care professionals awaiting clearance to work in the U.S. More than 5,000 international nurses are awaiting final visa approval, the American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment reported in September.

Foreign-born workers make up about a sixth of the U.S. nursing workforce, and the need is increasing, nursing associations and staffing agencies report, as nurses increasingly leave the profession.

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