There have been recent news stories giving much needed public attention to the case of 26 registered nurses from the Philippines who said they were brought to New York under false pretenses and denied the rights guaranteed by their employment contract. As background, on March 22, 2007 ten of the RNs were indicted in Suffolk County Supreme Court on charges of endangering their patients. Remarkably, the nurses’ employment attorney was also indicted, for conspiracy; they all plead not guilty.
In June 2007, The American Nurses Association (ANA) and the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) condemned the exploitation of immigrant RNs by unscrupulous U.S. employers and called for better enforcement of immigration laws. (See ANA June 2007 Press Release below.)
ANA continues to publicly condemn any exploitation of foreign educated nurses by sponsoring facilities to the media, legislators, the legal community and others.
ANA President Rebecca M. Patton, RN, MSN, CNOR has said, "The real patient endangerment lies in the deplorable conditions that led the nurses to leave. After exhausting all possibilities to resolve their concerns, the nurses left without providing two weeks notice. These brave nurses deserve the nursing community’s full support because they refused to remain in a situation where patients were being denied the kind of care and staffing they deserved."