The Human Resource Development Services of Korea (HRDKorea) is planning to recruit the first batch of 50 Korean nurses with American nursing licenses who are aspiring to get a job in the United States.
“We are going to select 50 among applicants having American nursing licenses as part of our effort to find paid internship positions in the U.S. for 10,000 Korean nurses,” said HRDKorea official.
Qualified applicants will get a chance to work in a regular position in one of 36 hospitals in New York State after finishing the internship program. They are also benefited with health insurance, paid vacations, and education support.
The minimum annual salary for the nurses is set at $68,000 and will get a chance to increase in accordance with their career and working location.
“I think a nurse's job in the United States is more stable and specialized than here in Korea,” said Shin Seung-hee.
Shin Seung-hee, 24 years old, is preparing to land a job in the U.S. Aside from studying for an American nursing certificate, she also takes lessons for English conversation. According to her she has seen many nurses coming back from the U.S. due to poor English conversation skills.
“If a large number of Korean nurses work in American hospitals, it will help improve the image of Korea in American society,'” said Jo Hyung-jae, senior manager at the Overseas Koreans Foundation.
Hyung-jae expects the influx of a specialized Korean workforce into the U.S. will bring Koreans more opportunities.
Nurses with an American certificate can now start applying for American hospital positions with the state-run HRD Korea through its overseas job Web site at http://www.worldjob.or.kr/ until July 5.
Applicants are also required to certify their English skill with minimum scores of 207 for TOEFL, 725 for TOEIC, or average 6.5 for IELTS (International English Language Testing System).