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Clinical staffing support to come from all over the world

The first international traveler arrives next month, with more than 300 expected to follow in the coming year.

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After the past two years of staffing challenges, help is on the way. Dozens of international nurses and techs will begin arriving at Asante over the next several months. Hired through the staffing agency PassportUSA, they will serve three-year contracts at Asante hospitals.

“These international contractors bring the skills and knowledge expected of our clinical staff,” said Amanda Kotler, chief nursing officer. “They also bring a unique perspective that will enrich our workforce and our culture.”

Over the next year, Asante expects to contract with more than 300 international travelers. Candidates must speak fluent English, are interviewed for fit, have extensive prearrival training and receive support from PassportUSA for their transition to our community. They will be integrated into the Asante community similarly to new-graduate RNs.

After they arrive, they’ll be evaluated for further training needs and receive professional and social support. The first arrival, a nurse from the Philippines, will start work in September. Others are expected to follow in the winter.

While short-term travelers served a vital role during the COVID surges, the goal with these travelers is to ensure they remain with Asante long after their contract expires.

“We’re really treating them like employees,” said Tami Garcia, Talent Acquisition consultant who is helping to onboard the newcomers. “We are working towards ensuring that they have a positive and supportive experience while they are with us.”

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  • steven velasquez
    August 30, 2022 9:57 am

    Any plans on taking care of the people who have stuck it through sense the beginning of all this? I see the nursing staff has been but, what about the rest of us? (Imaging department).

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  • Debbie Daggett
    August 30, 2022 10:38 am

    This is so cool and exciting!

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  • Susana Nicoletto
    August 31, 2022 2:17 pm

    I have a friend in Zimbabwe who is interested in becoming a CNA or more but has not advanced yet into working in Medicine. Would someone like this be able to use this program to come over starting in other areas of need such as EVS or Nutritional services while they work toward advancing their education?

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  • Jasmine Lapat
    August 31, 2022 10:58 pm

    I have a concern… people here are already having extreme difficulties getting housing and rentals. Where are our international nurses/workers going to live?

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