- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Health system CoxHealth says it plans to hire about 100 nurses from overseas in the next year.

The Springfield-based nonprofit announced in a news release Thursday that most of the nurses will come from the Philippines, with the first hires expected to arrive in the fall. The hires are in response to “tremendous growth” in the health system.

CoxHealth says the international nurses will be carefully screened and will not replace the health system’s efforts to recruit local nurses.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a minimum of two years of nursing experience. They must pass the same tests and have the same certification as local nurses, as well as passing an English proficiency exam.

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