From Korea Times
November 7, 2003
By Jae Hyun Kim
The amount of nurses in the American labor force
is dangerously low, with a shortage of nearly 10,000 nurses. This
has been a major
problem that is slowing down the improvement of medical services.
To cope with this situation, American hospitals are supplementing
the vacancies by hiring foreign nurses from the Philippines and
other Asian countries. But, you can find hardly any Korean nurses
in American hospitals.
“Many highly qualified Korean nurses are often frustrated
by the Test of Spoken English (TSE). If Korean nurses can work
in an American
hospital, the Korean American patients who speak little English
would receive better medical services. I am determined to make
that happen,” said Victor Kim, the director of Worldwide
Trade Resources, Inc (WTR).
Kim’s organization is in cooperation
with Human Resources Development Service of Korea to promote the
employment of Korean
nurses in the northeastern region of the United States. He plans
on founding a TSE Preparatory School in South Korea, to help Korean
nurses looking for a jobs in American hospitals prepare for the
The group is assisting Korean nurses in New York. But occasionally
candidates who got an offer after interviewing with American
hospitals, have ended up losing the offer because of a low test
Worldwide Trade Resources decided that it was very necessary
to establish a TSE Preparatory School in South Korea as well, as
way to teach English comprehensively.
As soon as the school is
set up in South Korea, the group expects to be of great assistance
to the Korean nurses in pursuit of
jobs in America.
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Translated from Korean by Bonchee Chung