Newfoundland and Labrador to recruit nurses from India

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Newfoundland and Labrador to recruit nurses from India

On November 3, 2022, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced that the province will recruit internationally-educated registered nurses from India to fill vacancies. 

In the next few weeks, a preliminary group of Provincial Government officials will head to southwestern India to establish a recruitment desk in Bengaluru, located in Karnataka. 

Once there, they will be assisted by a representative from the College of Registered Nurses to oversee licensure. The team will also work to increase awareness of Newfoundland and Labrador as appealing immigration destinations for nurses and nursing students through presentations and meetings.

The provincial government is leading a mission to India to find globally trained registered nurses who can fill openings in Newfoundland and Labrador, according to Dr. Andrew Furey, the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. The mission is an addition to other existing national and international efforts to attract medical personnel.

The Honourable Tom Osborne, Minister of Health and Community Services, the Honourable Gerry Byrne, Minister of Immigration, Population Growth, and Skills, Lynn Power, Executive Director of the College of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador, and representatives from two regional health authorities were present for the announcement.

In the upcoming weeks, a team of provincial government representatives will go to southwest India with the intention of establishing a recruitment desk in Bengaluru, which is situated in the state of Karnataka. A member of the College of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador will join them and be responsible for regulating licensure.

Because many nurses in the area undergo training that is comparable to that received by registered nurses in Newfoundland and Labrador, the state of Karnataka has been chosen. The area was also picked due to the concentration of prominent nursing schools there. The Provincial Government has also had success in the past in attracting medical specialists from Bengaluru.


Ethical hiring

The announcement encouraged Registered Nurses’ Union president Yvette Coffey in a phone interview.

“It’s out-of-the-box, innovative thinking,” Coffey said.

With a “significant number” of nurses eligible to retire, support and mentorship programs are essential to working with students, recent graduates, and internationally educated nurses, Coffey said.

“We have to be very… careful that we are recruiting ethically,” Coffey said the nursing shortage is a global issue


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