Private Education Should Mean Private Jobs

A nurse completing some continuing education work

We return to one of my favourte topics today here at IHS with a special critique on the topic of private healthcare training vs public healthcare. Thanks to contributing author Joanie Stanis, who is a true expert in the field of healthcare training and education (although you can see from her website that she is more experienced with the American side of things). She posts regularly about free CEUs for nurses, and actually runs an LPN school in NJ, so she clearly knows what she’s talking about.

Thanks, IHS. I’m glad I’ve got the chance to get this off my plate and into the public domain on a site that will properly appreciate it. It’s something that’s bugged me about the NZ healthcare system since I first started looking into the differences between private healthcare and socialized medicine. Since specialized, higher-level education such as nursing degrees and certifications are trained by the private sector. why should the public sector get to benefit from this? The taxpayers are forced to handle the overflow from the private system, which is unfair to them. While a managed economy may have some uses, the free market should decide what’s going on here.

As a contrast, in the American system which I’m more familiar with, LVN programs generate high-quality staff and people are then forced to try to find employment in the free market of private healthcare, since there are no public jobs available when it comes to healthcare. As a former healthcare practitioner, I’m sympathetic to the needs of the poor and needy who can’t always afford the care that they need – but that doesn’t mean we should resort to socialized medicine! There are other, better alternatives.

For example, many people lately have been up in arms calling President Obama’s universal healthcare program a form of socialized medicine – but they couldn’t be more wrong. It’s actually going to be beneficial for nursing schools across the country, from LVN schools in California to accelerated nursing programs in New York, since there’s suddenly going to be an increased demand for private sector workers. As more and more people require care, more trained nurses will have to be found to fill the market gaps. This means that there will be a rise in the number of LPN programs, and the competition to get into top schools such as University of Colorado Nursing and the University of Maryland School of Nursing will become fiercer. We can only come out better off from this situation, since we’re going to be generating more and more qualified nursing professionals who had to work even harder to get where they are.