We are hereby honored to announce that one of the two winners of August 2019's RN Employee of the Month contest is Kara Leah!! Congrats to Kara as she will enjoy a spotlight on both our Facebook and website! She will also receive the winner's certificate for this month, bragging rights, and a gift!If you know someone who is currently working for PassportUSA, you can nominate them to be our next employee-of-the-month. We also accept self-referrals from current PassportUSA employees!
Kara is a Registered Nurse who is from the Philippines but is currently assigned in West Virginia. She has been working in the healthcare field for 14 years and has been working with PassportUSA for 3 years!Kara was nominated for RN Employee of the Month by her Nursing Supervisor:
"Kara goes above and beyond for her patients and for her co-workers. She is always extremely welcoming to new employees and makes a great mentor for future nurses. She is very knowledgeable, takes any feedback well, and provides very high quality care to her patients and their families. She is actively participating in Shared Governance committees on the unit, which shows her commitment to the unit and its successes."
Learn more about PassportUSA's RN, Kara by reading her responses below!What drew you to Health Carousel? "Health Carousel came to me unexpectedly but at the right time. The EB-3 priority date was current and visas were available back then when I discovered that my previous employer abandoned me. During that time PassportUSA was conducting interviews for nurses and I signed up to interview in person. I was interviewed that morning and came out with a contract in hand. I never looked back since. The systematic and timely manner in how they follow up with you is efficient. Health Carousel makes sure you are aware of which stage you are in the application process. Health Carousel corresponded with me tirelessly and I appreciated that. True to their word, Health Carousel/PassportUSA makes dreams come true, and here I am today, a testament to that promise."What do you like most about working with our client? "My facility is considered as one of the largest employers in the state of West Virginia and to be part of that is a distinction in itself. I am privileged to be one of the three nurses belonging to the first group of international RNs chosen by the facility. On the morning of August 24, 2016, the first day we set foot in the hospital for our meet and greet with the directors, managers and clinical preceptors, we were treated warmly, provided with guidance in navigating our new environment and workplace, and to this day, we still feel that hospitality. The commitment of the facility on professional advancement has always been overwhelming, offering us with countless trainings and educational classes for our professional growth for us to become the best nurses possible, and for that I am grateful. Our co-workers are the best of the best, committed to providing compassionate care to patients. Lastly, and most importantly, this facility is family. The warmth of everyone resonates around the walls of the hospital creating a place close to calling home."What do you like to do outside of work? "I like to travel! Traveling is my greatest splurge! I love taking long road trips and flying to other states, it's the best learning experience! Making memories with my family in new places and seeking great adventures is truly rewarding. Exploring out of state cities and parks with friends is the best way to relax and unwind."What do you love most about being a RN? "The best part about being a nurse is the ability to put smiles on people's faces. Everyday we meet patients who are ill, weary, tired, and dying and to have that chance to change their life in an instant with a touch, even for a few seconds, has always been my goal. I love giving hugs, holding and squeezing people's hands, if only to let them know that, It will be alright.� You will touch many lives and many lives will touch yours. The magnitude of touch goes beyond what medicine can give. That in itself is healing, and that is the beauty of nursing."What is your favorite American food? "I cannot resist a grilled medium rare rib-eye steak with a side of baked potato (with all the works!) and paired with a glass of Pinot Noir!"Have you received awards/recognitions from your facility? "During my first year in the facility, I was chosen by our Manager to do an interview with Reuters on the nursing shortage in the US that was televised nationwide (and in the Philippines too!). It was an accomplishment on my part to be able to be a voice and representation for other nurses on how the nursing shortage impacted our lives now that we are in the U.S."Tell us something unique about you! "I love to cook, it's therapeutic and it relaxes me. I enjoy intimate dinners with family and friends over good food and drinks. Traveling to different places (I've been to 31 states!) is my obsession. I enjoy spur-of-the-moment trips, no plans, just very spontaneous adventures. Above all, my most rewarding job is being a mother. I have 2 little girls who are both my heart and my world."What's your favorite quote? "Live simply, walk humbly, love genuinely...and all good will come back to you."If you are not a current PassportUSA employee, simply apply with us today and we'll get your journey to the USA underway! We are currently hiring registered nurses and will send you relevant information to start your #AmericanDream.