INSCOL Newsletter April – June 2021
GLOBAL NURSE
April – June 2021

CANADA

Job vacancies in Canadian healthcare reach all-time high amid pandemic

 

Despite increased demand due to COVID-19, Canada is still short thousands of health-care workers. Vacancies reached an all-time high in the Canadian health-care and social assistance sector. By the end of 2020 there were 100,300 vacant positions in these sectors, according to a study by Statistics Canada. Labour shortages in health care has been a long-standing issue that has only been exacerbated by the pandemic.

Challenges to fill vacancies may grow in the coming decades as the majority of Canada’s labour force ages into retirement. Furthering these demographic challenges, Canada’s already low birth rate may have dropped due to the pandemic.

The results of this could mean that without high levels of immigration to support population growth, the working-age population will have to pay more with their time and money to support older generations. More seniors will also call for more health-care workers. First-generation immigrants already make up nearly a quarter of the labour force. Unfortunately for newcomers wanting to work in Canada’s health-care sector, they have to overcome barriers related to credential recognition.

Source: CIC News

PHILIPPINES

Philippines raises cap on health professionals going abroad

 

The Philippines has increased the number of nurses and healthcare workers allowed to go overseas to 6,500 annually.

The Philippines, one of the world's biggest sources of nurses, reached its annual cap of 5,000 health worker deployments late in the month of May.

Those with contracts as of May 31 can take up overseas employment, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement. That means another 1,500 nurses and healthcare staff can work abroad, according to the labour ministry.

The labour minister said he would seek approval to allow 5,000 more healthcare workers to be deployed abroad, but a nurses' group said there were many more than that hoping to find jobs with better pay abroad.

Health workers under government-to-government labour deals, such as that with the United Kingdom, are exempted from the new cap. Roughly 17,000 Filipino nurses signed overseas work contracts in 2019, but the Philippines put a temporary halt on that in 2020, to shore-up its health sector as coronavirus hospitalisations rose sharply.

Source: Reuters

8–15 %

of the nursing workforce in the
United States comprises
of IENs.

Source: The Future of Nursing 2020-30 Report

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8.8%

increase in total number of nursing graduates
from 2018 to 2030 can increase the density
of nurses in lower-income countries.

Source: State of the World’s Nursing Report 2020

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15.2%

of the nursing workforce in high-income
countries is foreign born and foreign
trained.

Source: State of the World’s Nursing Report 2020

 

USA

Pandemic's Impact on the Nursing Profession

 

Even as the pandemic begins to wane unevenly across the U.S., long-term fallout on the nursing profession is likely. Burnout may linger even after the situation returns to "normal." For some nurses, conditions under which they worked may be the last straw that drives them away from bedside nursing. Yet, nursing schools are drawing more applicants.

Other positive glimmers – such as increased professional autonomy, leadership opportunities and career growth potential – have resulted from pandemic-based health care needs.

Personal as well as professional lives have been strained, points out Robyn Begley, CEO of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership and chief nursing officer/senior vice president of workforce for the American Hospital Association.

"Throughout the pandemic, nurses have worked long hours while trying to simultaneously manage their personal lives at home, such as arranging child or elder care," Begley says. "Many nurses shared concerns over bringing the virus home to their families."

Job-related stress could have long-term as well as immediate effects, Begley adds. "We are concerned about the mental health and well-being of the nursing workforce," she says.

Source: U.S. News

INDIA

Paramedical and nursing sector likely to get a boost in post-COVID era

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of paramedical professionals and nurses in dealing with a health emergency. Health aides, technicians, wellness occupations, nurses and health professionals are likely to see the highest growth in labour demand by 2030 across countries, driven primarily by long-term trends such as ageing populations and rising incomes. As per the ‘Future of work after COVID-19′ report by McKinsey Global Institute, the post-COVID net employment change 2018-2030 for health professionals will be a whopping 112 per cent.

Source: Indian Express

AUSTRALIA

Programs to train graduate nurses underway

 

Aged care peak body Aged and Community Services Australia is one of three organizations funded to establish a program to upskill and mentor new nurses under a new initiative.

The Aged Care Transition to Practice program was announced in the 2020-21 Federal Budget in October part of a $10.8 million funding package expanded on in the 2021-22 Budget in May 2021 with additional places.

The University of Wollongong, the Australian College of Nursing and ACSA have been awarded the funding to immediately establish three-year ACTTP programs from July to attract 740 new nurses to aged care and retain them.

Minister for Health and Aged Care Greg Hunt said the ACTTP was designed to support graduate nurses to join aged care. The ACTTPs provide guidance to nurses in their first year of clinical practice through mentorship, professional development and specialist clinical training.

ACSA chair Sara Blunt said ACSA would use the funding to build on its 12-month Aged Care Services Graduate Nurse Transition to Practice Program, which has more than 60 graduates engaged and over 280 graduates.

Source: Australian Ageing Agenda

1 in 6

of the world’s nurses are expected
to retire in the next 10 years, intensifying
the need to increase the nursing workforce.

Source: State of the World’s Nursing Report 2020

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70%

of the global health and social workforce
are women, indicating a need to invest
in gender equity.

Source: World Health Organization

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371,500

new RN jobs will be added
by the year 2028 in the
U.S.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

England

ENGLAND

NHS nurses gain more flexible working rights under new agreement

 

A range of restrictions on NHS flexible working requests are to be scrapped, following an agreement between health service employers and unions aimed at boosting work-life balance and staff retention.

Under the deal, nurses working in the health service will be able to make an unlimited number of applications for flexible working per year, instead of the current one. They will also be able to submit applications without having to justify requests or provide specific reasons.

In addition, they will no longer have to complete six month’s service before requesting flexible working and will be able to request it from the start of their employment with the NHS. The new rights will be effective from 13 September 2021, with employers and unions now working to revise and update existing local policies and work on the changes needed.

The provisions will apply in England, Scotland and Wales, with similar measures expected to follow in Northern Ireland.

Source: Nursing Times

 

Extra £15m pledged towards nursing student placements for 2021-22

 

Additional funding has been announced by Health Education England for extra clinical placements for nursing and midwifery students, with a focus on increasing opportunities in community, primary care and social care settings.

The money will be in addition to the £180m already allocated by HEE for placements and follows a 34% increase in applications to study nursing in England. There would be a specific focus on increasing placement opportunities in community, primary care and social care environments, according to HEE chief nurse, Professor Mark Radford.

HEE said the expansion of clinical placements will help education providers to meet increased demand, as applications in England for nursing had risen by 34% and 27% for AHPs.

Source: Nursing Times

Testimonials from INSCOL Alumni

They made my addmission procedures and travel easier even in this pandemic.

Anjana Purushothaman
India
Community Mental Health Mutidiscipline
Niagara College, Canada
May’21 Intake


Such a wonderful team who was so quick to respond even during the peak of pandemic.

Olumayowa Sobiyi
South Africa
Community Mental Health Mutidiscipline
Niagara College, Canada
May’21 Intake


Thank you so much for being God’s way in fulfilling my Canadian dream.

Jondanero Rubelyn
Singapore
Nursing Leadership & Management
Seneca College, Canada
Sep’21 Intake

HOME OF INSCOL

Students Enrolled in the May’21 Intake at Niagara College & Seneca College

 

518 INSCOL nurses enrolled in the nursing programs at Niagara College and Seneca College. While the immigration rules and policies have been frequently changing due to the pandemic, most of the nurses enrolled from their home countries and began their academic journey, nearing their dream of becoming a Global Nurse.

INSCOL Foundation Program for May’21 Intake

 

INSCOL nurses accepted in the May’21 intake attended the INSCOL Foundation Program (IFP) in Chandigarh and Kochi. During these classes, our team prepared the students for their life ahead in Canada by providing an adequate exposure in the spheres of essential academic, IT and soft skills. Due to the phased lockdowns, the IFP was delivered partly virtually and partly in a classroom setting at INSCOL facilities. The purpose of these classes has always been to prepare students by providing them with a realistic knowledge about the new culture and learning environment coming ahead.

GN4U Workshops in Punjab & Kerala

 

There is a constant need for Indian nurses to upskill and learn the Global Best Practices. INSCOL being a forerunner in the healthcare industry conducted workshops for nurses in Punjab & Kerala virtually as well as in-person.

53 workshops were conducted while training 2,599 nurses within this quarter. Emphasis during these workshops was on enhancing nursing skills like Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, Therapeutic Communication, Reflective Practice, CPR & AED, and Employability & Analytical Skills.

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