Enhancing the recruitment and retention of overseas nurses from Kerala, India
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Enhancing the recruitment and retention of overseas nurses from Kerala, India

Sinéad Kelly Research nurse, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Exeter, England
Carolyn Fowler Deputy director of safer care and standards, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, Hertfordshire, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To understand the challenges involved in the recruitment and retention of overseas nurses

  • To recognise the differences and similarities in the nursing profession between the UK and Kerala, India

  • To understand how individual nurses and organisations can support overseas nurses to adapt to differences in nurse training, working culture and practice

In September 2016, a team of nurses from East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust (ENHT) and the University of Hertfordshire in England travelled to Kerala, India to interview and recruit nurses for the trust’s acute hospital. Before undertaking the interviews, the team visited a nursing college and two hospitals. Based on the findings from these visits and from meeting the interview candidates, the team designed a bespoke mentoring programme for Keralan nurses recruited to ENHT to ease the transition into nursing and living in the UK. This article explores the challenges associated with recruiting and retaining nurses from overseas, and discusses how these can be addressed to ensure that these nurses practise safely and are supported effectively.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2018.e11071


Kelly S, Fowler C (2018) Enhancing the recruitment and retention of overseas nurses from Kerala, India. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2018.e11071



Conflict of interest

None declared

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Published online: 09 October 2018

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