Health Carousel Achieves Global Nurse Sustainability Target in 2021
January 7, 2022 - Manila, Philippines: International healthcare recruitment agency Health Carousel Philippines and US-based staffing firm Health Carousel, LLC jointly announce that their 2021 year-long initiatives have successfully increased the supply of nurses within the Philippines by numbers greater than they assisted to migrate for career opportunities within the United States; thereby achieving their goal of global nurse sustainability for 2021.
The premier initiative of 2021 was the effort to help nurses pass the Philippines Regulation Commission Nurse Licensure Examination (NLE) enabling them to practice as RNs in their home country. In total, Health Carousel Philippines sponsored over 8,000 hours of training for nearly 2,000 student nurses to help them pass the NLE.
Attendees of the NLE Masterclass training in the Spring and Fall succeeded on the exam at a much higher rate than the overall test average. Eighty-six percent of all the Masterclass participants passed the examination versus just 57% for all test takers. A few participants were even on the prestigious Topnotchers list representing students with the ten highest exam scores.
The two NLE Masterclass programs resulted in 500% more Philippines licensed nurses than Health Carousel, LLC placed in US careers in the prior year.
“Our exceptional partnerships to build nursing supplies in the Philippines is really just the start. In 2022, we have some ambitious plans . . . making our nurse sustainability activities even more impactful.” — Earl Dalton, Chief Nursing Officer, Health Carousel, LLC
The timing of Health Carousel Philippines and Health Carousel, LLC’s efforts could not be better as student nurses faced 15 months of pandemic-induced educational hardships including forced virtual learning, inaccessibility of in-hospital clinical training, and canceled licensure examinations.
Up until July of 2021, canceled NLE examinations postponed the entry of an estimated 20,000 new Philippines nurses into the profession as the global pandemic and nursing shortage grew.
The US and Philippines-based organizations also collaborated on a number of other nurse development activities during 2021 including faculty development training to help nurse educators adapt to necessary e-learning during Pandemic shutdowns, sponsorship of DAISY Awards to recognize exceptional nurses in the US, Africa, and the Philippines, and seminars to build resiliency among nurses to help them cope with the extreme hardships of the COVID pandemic. While the impact of these activities on the nursing supply is hard to directly measure, they undoubtedly also contributed to more nurses persisting in their profession.
Globally Sustainable Recruitment — A Worldwide First?
All of the nurse development investments made in 2021 allowed the Philippines and US-based organizations to achieve their goal of becoming globally sustainable recruiters of healthcare professionals. This achievement is of growing importance as the World Health Organization stresses the need for global recruiters to be cautious to not deplete nations of their healthcare resources. Even the Philippines, which, along with India, is considered the breadbasket of the world’s nurses and that supplies tens of thousands of nurses to middle eastern countries, Europe, and the Americas, has been having its own internal difficulties with nursing supply maldistribution, compensation, and retention.
“I am not aware of any other company, whose primary undertaking is the global movement of professional talent, that has set or otherwise achieved the global sustainability benchmark. If it is happening it is a rarity.” — Bill DeVille, Chairman, Health Carousel, LLC
Commenting on the global sustainability achievement, Bill DeVille, CEO of Health Carousel, LLC stated, “I am not aware of any other company, whose primary undertaking is the global movement of professional talent, that has set or otherwise achieved the global sustainability benchmark. If it is happening it is a rarity.” Mr. DeVille further explained that all of this is rolled into the organization’s Light the Way efforts that include all activities aimed at making it and its partners the most ethical and sustainable in the industry.
Earl Dalton, Chief Nursing Officer with Health Carousel, LLC commented further in regards to Light the Way. “Our exceptional partnerships to build nursing supplies in the Philippines is really just the start. In 2022, we have some ambitious plans to work with government entities in Africa, for example, as well as educational institutions in the US to make Light the Way and our nurse sustainability activities even more impactful,” Dalton concluded.