January – March 2023


New colleges, better salaries for
nurses must for making India a
medical tourism destination

With India aiming to become “the most attractive medical tourism destination in the world”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the infrastructure and human resources being developed in the country will not be limited to the countrymen. During the
post-Budget webinar on health and medical research, Modi said medical tourism is emerging as a huge sector and a major medium of employment generation.

With 157 new nursing colleges – co-located with the new medical colleges started in
2014 – being announced during Budget 2023-24, the Prime Minister said, “Opening
of 157 new nursing colleges near medical colleges is a big step for medical human resources. It can be useful not only for India but also in meeting the demand of the world.”

As per a 2020 report by the World Health Organization, countries in South East Asia need 1.9 million more nurses and midwives
to achieve health for all by 2030. It says over 65 percent of the WHO member countries had fewer than 50 nurses and midwives per 10,000 population.

Source: The Indian Express


Nurse vacancies in England remain high at more than 43,000


Registered nurse vacancies across the NHS in England are up 10% in
a year, new data has revealed. The figures published by NHS Digital showed that there were 43,619 nurse vacancies in the health service during the quarter ending December 2022.

While the number has decreased since the last dataset was published, the number is still higher than the same time the year before, when there were 39,721 vacancies.

The data showed that most regions in England had seen a rise in vacancies compared to the previous year. Of the vacancies, more than 26,900 nurses were needed in the acute sector and more than 12,900 were needed in mental health.

Meanwhile, the data revealed that there were 2,345 community nurse vacancies in the NHS and 1,140 specialist nurse vacancies.

Source: Nursing Times



Filipino nurses live and work in
Alberta in Canada, at present.

Source: Philippine News Agency



more nurses are needed in
Ontario, Canada by 2028.

Source: CBC



openings for registered nurses are
projected from 2021-2031 in the U.S.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics



Ontario will be short 33,000 nurses and PSWs in 6 years


Ontario is projected to be short 33,000 nurses and personal support
workers in six years despite Premier Doug Ford's investment in the sector, the province's fiscal watchdog said in a special healthcare report.

The Financial Accountability Office (FAO), which is a body that provides independent analysis on the state of Ontario's finances, also says the government will be short $21 billion to cover its commitments to expand hospitals, long-term care, and home care.

Ontario's healthcare system has buckled in recent years with severe staffing shortages that have led to temporary emergency room closures, a massive surgical backlog, and fed-up patients.

According to Financial Accountability Officer Peter Weltman, "challenges are expected to persist across Ontario's health-care system" beyond its six-year forecast period.

"Relative to projected growth in demand, by 2027-28, Ontario will have less hospital capacity, similar home-care capacity, and less long-term care capacity compared to what it had in 2019-20," wrote Weltman in the report.

Source: CBC


Canada in drive to recruit more
Filipino nurses

Canada is looking for qualified Filipino
health workers as part of a new drive
that will financially support new recruits, even as an increasing number of nursing positions in government and private hospitals are left open.

Manitoba Labor and Immigration
Minister Jon Reyes announced during a visit, where he met the Philippines’ Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Secretary Susan "Toots" Ople. Benefits
and enticements for fresh recruits
include airfare, lodging, and training,
the Canadian official said.

Ople and Reyes agreed to expand labor collaboration between the Philippines
and the Canadian province, particularly
in the recruitment of Filipino nurses and other healthcare workers.

Source: Gulf News


Health Minister promises extra funding if community nursing pay disparity found


The government has asked the health authority to reinvestigate the pay gap for community nurses, who are leaving their employers in droves for better-paying roles in public hospitals.

Funding of $40 million was put aside in November to increase pay for nurses and kaiāwhina who work in the funded sector, including in aged residential care, hospice, home, and community support services, Pacific providers, and Māori Hauora partners.

Health Minister Dr. Ayesha Verrall said she was told at the time there was no significant pay gap for this group, so their wages were not increased.

But in a statement from her office, Verrall said she had asked Te Whatu Ora to
re-investigate whether a gap existed.

Source: NZ Herald



of global nurses & healthcare workers
are working outside their country of birth.

Source: WHO



of nurses in the UK are
internationally trained.

Source: CBC



of Canadian nurses are
internationally educated.

Source: CBC



Nurses are still viewed as the most ethical professionals


Nurses again are No. 1 in Americans’ assessment of honesty and ethics among a range of professions, according to recent polling from Gallup.

Nurses, who have held the
top spot in the poll for more than two decades, were seen as having “high” or “very high” standards by 79% of U.S. adults – down from a peak of 89% in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, but still considerably higher than any of the other professions included in the survey.

Two other medical professions, medical doctors (62%) and pharmacists (58%) ranked next-highest among the 18 professions included in polling conducted in late 2022. All three medical professions had increased in standing in 2020 but have since dropped below pre-pandemic levels. Medical doctors and pharmacists dropped by 5 percentage
points each from 2021 to 2022, the steepest decline among professions that were included in both 2021 and 2022. The 58% rating for pharmacists is the lowest since they were first included in the survey in 1981.

Source: US News

Testimonials from INSCOL Alumni

“I am really impressed with the professionalism and transparency INSCOL offers”.

Nitin Kumar
Punjab, India
Nursing Leadership & Management
Seneca College, Canada
Jan’23 intake


“I wholeheartedly suggest INSCOL
to everyone who has big dreams about their nursing career”.

Shanty Varghese
Kerala, India
Nursing Leadership & Management
Seneca College, Canada
Jan’23 intake


“Your faster response and good
communication skills are

Hafisatu Hasmiew
Ghana, Africa
Palliative Care Multidscipline
Niagara College, Canada
Jan’23 intake


“They were so helpful and approachable.
Just one text away to answer my

Gladys Mae Estorillo Del Carmen
Manila, Philippines
Nursing Leadership & Management
Seneca College, Canada
Jan’23 intake


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Our alumna Sanna Phillip sharing her international student experience in Canada

Sanna Phillip is an inspiration to aspiring Global Nurses in Canada. Her successful nursing journey in Canada serves as the perfect reminder that if you dream it and work hard enough for it, your dreams can be realized. We bring you her story with the hope that it encourages all those wishing to take flight toward achieving their goals of becoming inspiring nurses.

Destiny seemed to have a nursing career in store for Sanna as she followed in her mother's and family's footsteps. With
everyone convinced of a perfect fit, the journey towards a life in scrubs and stethoscopes began for her in India.

In the initial phase of her academic journey, Sanna grappled with overwhelming doubt and a strong conviction that pursuing a Bachelor's in Nursing was not well-suited for her. However, the reassuring words of one of her professors, who foresaw her potential, catalyzed her transformation. Gradually, as she delved into clinical placements, a love for nursing emerged. As she neared the time of graduation, Sanna stood firm in her belief that she had indeed made the correct decision.

After graduating, the next step for Sanna was to take on a demanding role in ICU at Max Hospital in Chandigarh, India. Initially, she didn't have much experience with critical care or its daily demands but soon she learned how greatly rewarding it could be to gain knowledge and opportunities that molded her as an experienced professional nurse.

Seeking better opportunities and growth, Sanna connected with INSCOL in Chandigarh, India after considering a friend's suggestion. Her nursing career was being stifled in her home country, particularly due to gender biases. Despite her friends dropping out due to unforeseen circumstances, she persisted and found the experience with INSCOL to be smooth and efficient. By early 2015, she completed her paperwork and secured a visa to Canada, eagerly anticipating the next chapter in her journey.

At Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario, Sanna embarked on an enriching journey into Acute Complex Care, a postgraduate nursing certification for working in critical areas. Awed by the program, she made lasting connections with esteemed professors and peers, propelling her professional growth and enriching her understanding of Canadian culture. Juggling student life and a part-time job at Wendy's, Sanna found the pressure manageable.

To continue her academic pursuits, she then enrolled in the Nursing Leadership & Management program at Seneca College through INSCOL. She found the process of application smooth, which helped her to continue following an ever-evolving path of growth and learning.

Upon arriving in Canada, Sanna found herself in a completely unfamiliar environment with no acquaintances or distant family to rely on. As a young 21-year-old immigrant, the unfamiliar experience of leaving behind her loved ones and her entire life in her home country was softened by the support of INSCOL. She mentioned how the INSCOL team in Canada was there to help ease her transition into this new world, starting with a warm and reassuring welcome at the airport.


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Following the graduation from Seneca, a pivotal decision arose - to either continue with the licensure exam or accept a job opportunity that could provide Permanent Residency to Sanna. Opting for the latter, she prioritized securing her residency. Interestingly, despite the different paths chosen by her friends, they all ultimately reached the same destination in their careers.

Currently, Sanna feels incredibly fortunate to be working with a company that provides a comprehensive NCLEX program, designed to prepare international and other nurses for the challenging examination. Previously, she felt inadequate due to her inexperience with the diverse question formats found in the exam, such as short answer, long answer, and multiple choice. To adapt, she diligently trained her mind while balancing the demands of a full-time job.

In 2018, Sanna became a Permanent Resident of Canada. However, pursuing this process unintentionally created a gap in her nursing journey, causing her to temporarily lose her grasp on certain nursing concepts. Resilient and determined, she spent two additional years preparing herself to secure her nursing licensure under the rigorous standards enforced by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). The CNO required her to go back to school and review specific subjects despite having already passed the licensure exam.

Juggling a full-time job alongside this educational pursuit was essential, as bills inevitably continue to arrive whether one is busy studying. Ultimately, Sanna's perseverance and commitment allowed her to triumphantly reach her goal as she was able to become a Registered Nurse in Canada.

High and low moments of Sanna’s journey

Embarking on the tough initial year, Sanna faced emotional challenges, tearfully missing family during video calls. Over time, her resilience grew, culminating in the proud moment when her parents attended her graduation ceremony in Canada. Becoming self-reliant and financially independent, she experienced the joy of treating her family with hard-earned money. The thrill of purchasing her first townhouse in Canada marked a new chapter in her life. Although facing a low point during the stressful process of the NCLEX, Sanna conquered her insecurities, emerging stronger and grateful from the journey behind her.

Sanna’s advice for all the nurses planning their big leap

Remember, life's journey may not always follow a linear path, but what's important is reaching your goals in the end, no matter the pace. Embrace the fact that we are all unique individuals, and our lives will naturally take various shapes. Age is just a number in Canada - a land full of opportunities. Even if you choose a different profession along the way, be proud of your journey and keep moving forward, holding onto your confidence and resilience. So, hang in there, champion your uniqueness, and embrace life's winding path.


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Pre-departure session by Niagara College delegates at our Chandigarh & Kochi facilities

We had the honour of hosting delegates from Niagara College, Canada at our facilities in Chandigarh & Kochi from March 27th to March 31st. The delegation included Sean Coote - Vice President International; Gary Torraville - Senior Director, International Students; Karan Salgotra - Manager, Global Business Development, South Asia; Sayani Das - Global Business Development Officer, South Asia, Nattalie Boverhof - International Student Engagement Coordinator, and Gayatri Desai - Global Business Development Administrative Assistant, South Asia.

It was a long awaited visit by the delegates since the start of the pandemic to meet our team in India, where they also held informative pre-departure sessions for students about to travel to Niagara College for the May’23 intake. These sessions greatly complemented the 3 week long foundation program conducted by our team. The sessions increased the excitement of these students to start their journey in Canada.

Third Indo-Canadian Seminar in New Delhi, hosted by Seneca College, Canada

Seneca College, Canada hosted a highly anticipated seminar on Skill Development in New Delhi, India. The event saw an impressive turnout of 250 attendees from Canada, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. INSCOL was recognized as an academic partner of Seneca College and presented an award by the Seneca College President, David Agnew.

During the seminar, David Agnew discussed innovative ways to strengthen the relationship between India and Canada through education and technology. One of the key topics of the event was the National Education Policy of India, and how it can benefit from global collaborative efforts in cultivating a skilled workforce. A group of experts weighed in on the subject and explored the potential contributions of Indo-Canadian collaboration to the Indian government's Skill India mission. The engaging panel discussion showcased the exciting possibilities that arise when nations come together to build a brighter future.

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