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Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004
Industry & Economy
Nurses recruitment Banner of US ties up with Healthcare Placements
Mumbai , June 21
COMPETITION from the Philippines and China notwithstanding, Indian nurses are increasingly finding favour in global markets.
The US-based healthcare provider Banner Healthcare today announced its tie-up with K K Modi group company Healthcare Placements India Pvt Ltd (HPIPL) for recruiting nursing professionals from India, to be placed in Banner's network of hospitals.
On their second recruitment visit to India, Banner officials expect to recruit about 100 nurses. The screening process has already been completed in New Delhi, Kochi and Mumbai during the course of this month.
"The recruits leave India in 12 to 15 months after their recruitments and they are taken on E3 visas that allow them to take their families along and stay on permanently," said Ms Paula Bradney, Regional Director of Banner Staffing Services.
Banner was in India in October last year, when about 50 nurses were recruited. And the institution looks to come back every six months, she said. However, she reiterated that they recruited nurses only for the Banner network of hospitals.
With a network of about 20-hospitals, six long-term care centres, several family clinics and home medical equipment services, Banner is the second largest employer in Arizona. With revenues in excess of $6 billion, the healthcare company also has a presence in other states, she said.
Nurses recruited from India would be on a two-year contract. With structured days, nurses would work three days a week on a 12-hour shift and earn Rs 38 lakh during the two-year contract period with Banner, she said. Also, the nurses would get a relocation stipend and an apartment in the first month.
Candidates would, however, have to pass CGFNS and IELTS tests besides US Nursing board examination to be able to work in the US, she added.
Meanwhile, Ms Charu Modi Bhartia, Director HPIPL, said that the healthcare institutions were not looking for "cheap labour" in India and in fact, the nurses would be paid on par with their American counterparts.
Further, she pointed out that recruiting and training of nurses for the tests would be done through HPIPL and the organisation did this at no cost to the nurses. Payment would come directly from Banner, she said.
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