January – March


Pinoy healthcare workers among frontliners in COVID-19 response in UK and Ireland

Filipino healthcare workers are among frontliners in the battle against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the Philippine envoy in London has said.

According to Philippine Ambassador to London Antonio Lagdameo, of the estimated 200,000 Filipinos in the UK, around 21,000 are health care workers employed by the National Health Service and other private hospitals.

Filipinos account for the second highest number of foreign workers in NHS after India and followed by Ireland.

In Ireland, there are around 18,000 Filipinos, and 10 percent of the nurses in the Health Service Executive are from the Philippines.

Source: ABS CBN News


Community nurses ‘need new skills and more resources’ for COVID-19

Just like the acute sector, nurses in the community are facing three key challenges when it comes to COVID-19: a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), an absence of priority health staff testing and unprecedented demands on a foundation of chronic workforce shortages. Chief executive of the Queen’s Nursing Institute, Dr Crystal Oldman, said the

government needed to ensure social care was included in all conversations about PPE.

The government has had to go to extreme measures to boost the workforce to cope with COVID-19 including changing the law to allow retired nurses and student nurses to go to the frontline.

Source: Nursing Times



Australia seeks upto 1,000 Registered Nurses to retrain

The Australian government is seeking up to 1,000 registered nurses to undertake online education to enable them to re-enter the clinical workforce and assist with the management of the coronavirus. The training will take the form of an online refresher course with up-to-date information about acute nursing care, including guidelines on COVID-19 infection control, Health Minister Greg Hunt said.

Separately, Hunt said the government is offering A$57.8 million ($34 million) funding for remote communities to prepare for an outbreak of COVID-19 after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced restrictions of access to these places.

Source: Bloomberg



was an all-time high number of NPs
in the U.S. in the year 2018

Source: American Association of Nurse Practitioners


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

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


will be the year when the U.S. will need more
geriatric nurses for an aging and ailing population

Source: Congressional Budget Office U.S.


Nurses from Kerala are engaged in the UK’s fight against COVID

As healthcare workers fight the COVID-19 pandemic across the world, nurses from Kerala are on the frontlines of the battle. A 2017 report by the World Health Organization states that “India is a major source of supply for nurses overseas.” Nurses who emigrated from Kerala comrpise a large part of that overseas workforce.

The WHO report added, “Nurses trained in India form a significant portion of internationally educated nurses working overseas, second to nurses trained in the Philippines. It is estimated that over 30% of nurses who studied in Kerala work in the United Kingdom or the United States of America, with 15% in Australia and 12% in the Middle East.”

According to a working research paper titled, Emigration and Remittances: New Evidences From The Kerala Migration Survey, 2018, published by the Centre for Development Studies, a Kerala-based research centre, the emigration of women in Kerala is “vastly concentrated in the nursing profession.” The report further states that “The demand for Malayalee nurses all over the world is well known, and its supply from Kerala is still open. Five percent of the total emigrants are nurses.”

"We have a wide variation in salary rates among the sector and that's a problem because that might incentivize a nurse to work in a particular sector," Vicki McKenna, Ontario Nurses' Association President said.

Source:The Caravan


Nurses and midwives strategize towards
COVID-19 contingency work plan

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (N&MC) in Ghana met with the core leadership of its stakeholder institutions to strategize towards a COVID-19 contingency Work Plan for the nursing and midwifery workforce.

They pledged their solidarity with its members and other frontline workers expressing gratitude to them for their dedication to duty in the face of the challenging global pandemic.


Mrs Eva Mensah, the Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services, Ghana Health Service, in a brief message on behalf of the other member institutions, urged the nursing and midwifery professionals to stick to the three basic principles of their profession, as proposed by Fuerst and Wolf, as a critical strategy towards the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

These principles, she said, involved the realization of “Man, as an Organism, Man, as a unique being, and Man, and his environment”.

“Ghana needs your services and we need you to be brave as our mother of nursing ‘Florence Nightingale’ in the fight against the COVID-19”, she said.

Source: Ghana Business News



Thousands of nurses answer call to help with coronavirus pandemic: ‘This is the way we are’

The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario said it reached out to the province’s nurses, asking them to indicate whether they might be available to help with Telehealth and other remote diagnosis.

Just in one day, it had received thousands of responses, said Doris Grinspun, CEO of the RNAO. By the end of the day, she said, there were more than 3,300 people indicating they were willing to take on this work. Some are retired, some have other jobs, but all want to help when they can, she said.

Grinspun says she’s inspired by the response, but not surprised. “Our nursing tribe, this is the way we are,” she said.

Nurses in Quebec have also come out to support the COVID-19 effort, prompting Premier François Legault to express his gratitude. He said he was “proud to be a Quebecer” and that 10,000 people had sent in their resumes.

Further west, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia emailed hundreds of physicians who had left the job within the last two years asking them to renew their licences.

Source: Global News

4 million

population of RN workforce
expected in the U.S. in 2026

Source: American Association of Colleges of Nursing


people employed by the NHS to care
for people who need mental health services

Source: Nuffield Trust

5.9 million

additional nurses required in countries
affected by nursing shortages

Source: World Health Organization



The next corona virus crisis will be a shortage of doctors and

The United States may soon face a dangerous shortage of health care workers to fight the sprawling COVID-19 corona virus pandemic

With the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. surpassing anywhere else in the world, the medical workforce is more strained than ever. Doctors and nurses are reporting gear shortages, lax protocols, and a high level of stress in their workplaces — with the worst still to come. Some of them told Vox that they consider getting infected with the coronavirus an inevitability.

Staffing problems are already becoming acute in New York City, the epicenter of the U.S. pandemic so far. City officials were not able to provide any numbers on how many medical workers there have tested positive for COVID-19, but doctors work in fear for their own safety.

Source: Vox

All you need to know about 2020: Year of
the Nurse and Midwife

Question: What is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife?

Answer: A year-long effort during 2020 to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives, highlight the challenging conditions they often face, and advocate for increased investments in the nursing and midwifery workforce.


Testimonials from INSCOL Alumni


I can never step back to express my heartfelt gratitude towards INSCOL, the finest academy I can ever suggest. Honestly, I did not want to attend the classes but INSCOL proved me wrong with an astonishing IFP. They are organized, responsive, patient and easily explain complex topics to the students. You made it easier. I am grateful that I met INSCOL.Thank you.

Pooja Dhiman
Nursing Leadership and Management
Seneca College, Canada
Jan’20 Intake


After registering with INSCOL, I knew I made the best decision. Without INSCOL’s expertise
I could not have made my dream of studying abroad come true. One thing that makes INSCOL different from others is the free
INSCOL Foundation Program for the
students. I didn’t feel like I’m going alone.
I made myriad of friends during these classes. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for their support. I
wholeheartedly recommend INSCOL.

Dimple Kumari
Palliative Care Multidiscipline
Niagara College, Canada
Jan’20 intake


Thank you is not enough to express my gratitude to INSCOL, especially the people behind it. They were not just there to guide me with my application, but they also encouraged me to not give up when I was on the verge of not continuing with the application! Thank you INSCOL for helping me achieve my Canadian Dream to be a globally recognized Nurse!

Danica Rose Opoc
Palliative Care Multidiscipline
Niagara College, Canada
May’20 Intake


Question: Why is 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife?

Answer: In May last year the World Health Organization confirmed that 2020 would be dedicated to nurses and midwives, providing a “once in a generation opportunity” to showcase the professions. It chose the theme to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.

Florence Nightingale

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale on 12 May 1820. As well as her work during the Crimean War, the nursing pioneer campaigned for healthcare improvements, especially on infection control. In 1859, she published ‘Notes on Nursing’.

Question: What are the aims of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife?

Answer: The WHO wants to raise the status and profile of nurses and midwives, and to highlight that the world needs nine million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030 and, therefore, to encourage global government investment in the two professions.

Question: What are the key organizations partnering on the event?

Answer: World Health Organization, International Confederation of Midwives, International Council of Nurses, Nursing Now and the United Nations Population Fund.



Year of nurse ‘likely to
be extended beyond 2020’ due to COVID-19

Plans to extend International Year of the Nurse and Midwife are under consideration to ensure the professions are celebrated and acknowledged in the way they deserve after the coronavirus pandemic.

The idea of pushing the event beyond 2020 has been mooted on social media by key nursing leaders in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

This year has been dedicated to nursing and
midwifery by the World Health Organization (WHO) to mark what would have been Florence Nightingale's 200th birthday year.

However, the emergence of the novel coronavirus has understandably muted the celebrations and resulted in key events being cancelled.Howard Catton, chief executive of the International Council of Nurses (ICN), made the bold suggestion of having a decade of nursing and midwifery.

Other global leaders have also taken to social media to signal their support for drawing out the event beyond 2020. Annette Kennedy, president of the ICN, said she wanted to extend it to 2021 and stressed the need to acknowledge the role nurses and midwives were playing in the response to COVID-19.

Source: Nursing Times

World’s nurses are ‘stepping up’ to COVID-19 crisis, says ICN chief

The nursing response to the coronavirus crisis has gone way beyond the core purpose of 2020 as the International Year of the Nursing and Midwife, and what could ever have been expected by those behind the idea, according to a global nursing leader.

The key contribution of nurses in tackling COVID-19 has focused the world’s attention on the profession in an unexpected but very tangible way, said Howard Catton,
chief executive of the International Council of Nurses.

The profession is central to tackling the pandemic and, in every country, have “stepped up and stepped beyond”, stressed Mr. Catton in an interview with Nursing Times.

When asked how celebrations of the profession could avoid being lost, he said: “There will and must be a time for reflection and for celebration. When that is, is to be decided.

“But what I think that nurses should do right now is, feel huge pride. Nurses are going to be hugely busy and exhausted, but they should take a moment to feel immensely proud and to feel that they are not alone in this as well.

Source: Nursing Times


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INSCOL Foundation Program for Students Accepted in the May’20 Intake

More than 300 students were accepted in the May’20 intake at Seneca College and Niagara College in Canada. To prepare them for a new culture and learning environment lying ahead of them, we conducted the INSCOL Foundation Program (IFP) at our facilities in Chandigarh and Kochi. The duration of the IFP is 3 weeks. In this program, students are trained to enhance their nursing, academic, IT and soft skills to facilitate a speedy transition into a new learning environment in Canada.

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Delegate from Health Education England NHS visited INSCOL

Mr. David Keen, RN MSc, Head of Global Workforce Education, Health Education England visited INSCOL in Chandigarh. He met our Nurse Educators and OET Trainers to discuss the modalities of the CBT, OET & interview trainings for our new initiative to recruit nurses for the NHS.


COVID-19 Pandemic: Let’s Focus on stopping this virus and saving lives

“A pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan, China was first reported to the WHO Country Office in China on 31 December 2019. The outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020.

On 11 February 2020, WHO announced a name for the new coronavirus disease: COVID-19.” - World Health Organization

During this ongoing situation of pandemic, let’s try to be realistic as well as optimistic. Let’s believe things can be better, given the progress of humanity over all these years.

We’ve become healthier and wealthier, freer and more peaceful. These trends should continue, as long as we keep striving to extend them. Just like the health care workers at the frontline, let us also be hopeful. This too shall pass.

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