Avant CEO Meets with Philippine Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz

Shari Dingle Sandifer, CEO Avant Healthcare Professionals and VP of AAIHR, met with Philippine Secretary of Labor Dimapilis-Baldoz in Manila on August 26, 2011 to discuss recruitment of Filipino educated healthcare professionals by Avant and other AAIHR member companies, as well as to share current industry updates and issues. Philippine Regulatory Chairperson Teresita Manzala was also in attendance at the meeting.

Winter Park, FL, September 08, 2011 --(PR.com)-- The discussion focused on several points including the growing number of Filipino nurses who are unemployed or underemployed in clinical nursing. This number has been steadily growing over the past several years and increased with the July nursing licensure examination passers of just under 38,000 nurses. An update on the latest movement in the priority dates for the EB3 immigrant visa category was shared.

Physical therapists and occupational therapists updates were shared and included the following highlights:

· Update on the NPTE fixed test administration dates
· Increasing educational requirements for physical therapists in the US to the doctorate degree not later than 2020
· Increasing educational requirements for foreign educated occupational therapists to the master degree in July 2013

At the conclusion of the meeting all parties agreed that an ongoing dialogue should continue between the AAIHR and Department of Labor and Employment.

Avant Healthcare Professionals
Bridget Falcone
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Shari Sandifer