Rural Hospital Staffing Goes Global: The Story of Mary Rose

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Health Carousel was recently accepted as a Silver Pipeline Partner by NRHA Rural Health Services Corp. Our acceptance as a Pipeline Partner was specifically based on our PassportUSA temp-to-perm global healthcare professional staffing services. However, Health Carousel is a total talent management company with a full portfolio of health care staffing and workforce solutions available to rural hospitals.

Over the next several months this “Rural Hospital Staffing Goes Global” series will introduce you to several PassportUSA nurses located across the country who have thrived at NRHA member hospitals and within the rural communities they serve.

For more information on how PassportUSA can provide your rural hospital with exceptional global nursing and allied health talent, please contact Ariella Gottlieb, Vice President, Health Carousel Workforce Solutions via email or call (847) 433-0616.

This is the story of Mary Rose who began her US nursing career at an NRHA member hospital in Iowa.

Mary Rose and her husband, with kids in tow, were greeted at a big city US airport by a PassportUSA Arrival Coordinator one chilly morning in February 2016. The weather upon US arrival must have been shocking to the family who hailed from Quezon City, Metro Manila. They had been advised of the Iowa winters and the need for proper clothing well before they packed for the USA. They arrived stateside well prepared. But there's something unsettling about saying farewell to family and friends in 90-degree heat and humidity only to deplane a few hours later to the foreign concept of wind chills.The family, along with the PassportUSA Arrival Coordinator, gathered up the few suitcases and boxes containing clothing and keepsakes from their home in the Philippines. They made their way to a small town of around 26,000 residents in eastern Iowa. This was to be their new home in the USA.After assisting with setting up their new household and making introductions to the facility and nursing team, it was time for the PassportUSA Arrival Coordinator to leave. All manner of items like banking, transportation, schooling for the children, and so-on had either been arranged before arrival or taken care of while on-site. Everything had been set up as well as could be.PassportUSA clinical and emotional support was always there. Mary Rose knew assistance was as simple as a phone call to her assigned PassportUSA International Employee Supervisor. Yet, she realized that fitting in and forging a new life for her family would be largely her responsibility.We are proud to report that a “big city girl” from the tropics thrived in her new career and community in a rural location of the American heartland.

From Staff Nurse to Preceptor and Charge Nurse

While on assignment, Mary Rose and her fellow nurses worked hard to earn her assigned facility Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Additionally, she precepted new nurses, continued to work on earning extra nursing certifications, cross-trained to become a charge nurse and expanded her skills to work in the progressive care, med-surg, and telemetry units.In the final performance review of her contract assignment, the facility’s nurse director commented:

"Mary Rose does a great job, we are very glad that she is here. Her clinical skills and abilities have grown over the past year. She is always positive and helpful, and her patients say positive things about her. Her critical thinking and analytic skills have really developed since she arrived."

Review DateScore (5 max)Clinical Manager Performance Review Comments90-day3.5690-Day Review: Mary Rose is a very hard worker and a very willing eager learner. She is clinically doing well and interacts with her patients and coworkers well. She is very flexible and takes direction well. She is positive and professional at all times.20173.78Mary Rose has done well in her role as RN at night. The patients report positive comments about her care. She has learned a lot over this past year . . . She has a great attitude . . . Her coworkers find her delightful and report that she delivers great care to her patients. She is definitely an asset to PCU and our hospital.20184.44Mary Rose is delightful and easy to work with, she never complains about anything or anyone. She is loved by her patients and has progressed very nicely with her clinical skills. She functions effectively in the charge role and has cross-trained into the tele tech role. She delivers safe care to her patients and has developed her critical thinking skills to benefit her patients. She is dependable and always helpful to her coworkers.20194.67Mary Rose does a great job, we are very glad that she is here. Her clinical skills and abilities have grown over this past year. She has precepted a new nurse and is planning to work on her PCCN certification in July. She is always positive and helpful, her patients say positive things about her. Her critical thinking and analytic skills have really developed since she arrived.

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Mary Rose had the heart and spirit of a great nurse and her clinical skills developed along the way.[/caption]

Reflecting on Her Journey

"From the beginning through the end of my assignment, PassportUSA was there to help. Their guidance and patience paved the way to where I am now."“Working at this hospital has made me a better nurse. I have learned a lot here. I work with wonderful and amazing people. They have become my work family."[gallery ids="eyJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczpcL1wvcGFzc3BvcnR1c2EuY29tXC93cC1jb250ZW50XC91cGxvYWRzXC8yMDIxXC8wNVwvTWFyeS1Sb3NlLXdpdGgtQXJyaXZhbC1Db29yZGluYXRvci1EaW5pbmcuanBnIiwidGl0bGUiOiJNYXJ5IFJvc2Ugd2l0aCBBcnJpdmFsIENvb3JkaW5hdG9yIERpbmluZyIsImNhcHRpb24iOiJGaXJzdCBkYXkgaW4gdGhlIFVTQSB3aXRoIEFycml2YWwgQ29vcmRpbmF0b3IiLCJhbHQiOiIiLCJkZXNjcmlwdGlvbiI6IiJ9,eyJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczpcL1wvcGFzc3BvcnR1c2EuY29tXC93cC1jb250ZW50XC91cGxvYWRzXC8yMDIxXC8wNVwvTWFyeS1Sb3NlLUV4cGxvcmluZy1VU0EuanBnIiwidGl0bGUiOiJNYXJ5IFJvc2UgRXhwbG9yaW5nIFVTQSIsImNhcHRpb24iOiJFeHBsb3JpbmcgdGhlIFVTQSIsImFsdCI6IiIsImRlc2NyaXB0aW9uIjoiIn0=,eyJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczpcL1wvcGFzc3BvcnR1c2EuY29tXC93cC1jb250ZW50XC91cGxvYWRzXC8yMDIxXC8wNVwvTWFyeS1Sb3NlLWFuLUFtZXJpY2FuLUZhbWlseS1Qb3J0cmFpdC5qcGciLCJ0aXRsZSI6Ik1hcnkgUm9zZSBhbiBBbWVyaWNhbiBGYW1pbHkgUG9ydHJhaXQiLCJjYXB0aW9uIjoiQSBjYXB0dXJlZCBmYW1pbHkgbW9tZW50LiIsImFsdCI6IiIsImRlc2NyaXB0aW9uIjoiIn0="]"Where we live is safe, nice, and friendly people are everywhere. I was blessed even more when my third child was born in the USA. And even though we miss friends and family in the Philippines, we never feel alone because of the support from our new friends here in the U.S.”“Having the opportunity to come here to the USA has made my family’s lives better and easier. I believe America is the land of opportunity and a place where dreams come true.”

Where's Mary Rose Now?

At the end of her assignment, Mary Rose delightedly accepted a full-time employment offer from the hospital!Are you interested in PassportUSA as a provider of rural hospital staffing services? Click the button below to get more information about how PassportUSA connects NRHA member hospitals with exceptional global talent.

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