Frequently asked questions
Is there really a nusing shortage in the U.S.?
You can google "U.S. Nursing Shortage" and you will see an endless list of news pieces about the problem. It is very real and predicted to worsen over time. What you won't find are any large-scale initiatives to address it. Small pockets of problem solvers are out there but given the magnitude of the issue, there ought to be massive efforts at the local, state and federal level. We're not seeing that.
What are Chief Nursing Officers saying about the U.S. nursing shortage?
SOURCE: 2017 Survey by AMN Healthcare, BE Smith and the Center for the Advancement of Healthcare Professionals
How does Direct Source Healthcare recruit international talent?
We have a team of dedicated recruitment professionals who utilize all methods of technology and relationships to attract talent from all over the world. Our secret weapon, however, is our network of successful recruits already living and working in the U.S. They are an endless source of referrals for us. They are our best advertisement.
Will I have any financial obligation to Direct Source Healthcare?
Not necessarily. The Employer will pay for your visa sponsorship, travel to the U.S. and initial housing. You are not required to pay Direct Source Healthcare or your healthcare sponsor any money.
After my initial interview, when could I be offered employment through Direct Source Healthcare?
We will be presenting you to our healthcare clients. Employer interviews will be necessary. Direct Source Healthcare will coordinate with you for those interviews to take place, either by phone, in person or over the internet.
Will I be employed by Direct Source Healthcare or directly by a Healthcare Facility?
Your employment offer will be to work "DIRECTLY" for one of our Healthcare Clients. We will provide you with detailed information about the institution, your department, and the geographic area where they are located.
Will I need to sign a Reimbusement Agreement with Direct Source or a client of Direct Source Healthcare?
Yes. All selected candidates, requiring visa sponsorship, will be asked to sign a 3-year employement agreement. This agreement between the employee and the employer describes terms and contiditons of employement. The agreement also defines costs that you will need to reimburse the employer if you choose to leave the employer prior to the end of the initial 3-year term of service.
Will I be offered a competitive salary?
Yes. You will receive a wage rate at or above the prevailing wage for the geographic area where you will be employed. The wage rate will be reflected in the visa petition on a page that you will have to sign so you will see it. When one of our cleint facilities employs you, the starting salary will be very competitive and will conform to the healthcare facility's pay policies for all its hires, domestic or international.
Will I be offered a Benefits Package?
Yes. You will receive a very attractive benefits package as offered to all employees of the healthcare facility. The package will include:
Medical and Dental Insurace (for employee and eligible family members)
Paid Time Off (Including vacation, sick, personal and holiday pay)
Who will sponsor my Visa?
The Healthcare Facility that directly employs you will sponsor your visa. Direct Source Healthcare will act as the facilitator for the visa process. We will be sure to communicate exactly which organization will be sponsoring your visa and answer any quesitons you have during the process. We will be the liason between you, the healthcare facility, and the immigration law firm. We will ensure things happen in a timely manner.
Will I be offered Green Card Sponsorship?
Yes. Green Card sponsorship is the benefit that will be offered to you by the Healthcare Facility that sponsors you. In rare circumstances the H1B could be used, but adjustment of status to Green Card will also be offered.
Who will handle my travel arrangements to the United States?
Direct Source Healthcare's Employee Services Staff will assist you long before you arrive in the U.S., while you are awaiting your visa approval. Together with you, our Employee Services Staff will coordinate the move and make all the necessary travel arrangements. On the other side, in America, you will be met upon arrival by one of our U.S. staff members.
Will I be responsible for travel expenses associated with my relocation to the United States?
No. The Employer will pay the costs associated with your relocation to the United States.
I am not familiar with the geography and culture of the United States. Will there be assistance provided to help me acclimate myself to the United States?
Yes. Our expert Employee Services Staff will assist you with everything from meeting you at the airport upon your arrival, securing and taking you to your initial housing, and taking you to a SSA office to apply for a Social Security Number.
Who is Direct Source Healthcare ?
John Haines and Denise Halasnik foresaw the need to recruit talent from around the world in response to the growing shortage of Information Technology (IT) professionals available in the United States. To respond to the need they founded Direct Source Consulting in 1997.