7 Stages of Success in the U.S. with Universal Staffing & Conexus MedStaff

May 31, 2022  |  Unistaff Content Team

 

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The United States continues to struggle with staffing shortages in hospitals across all states, and the global pandemic has exposed major gaps in its healthcare system. The demand for nurses has been steadily increasing since 2019 and there are no signs of it slowing down.

Hospitals are now hiring internationally educated nurses to try and ease these shortages. It’s no surprise that Filipino nurses are getting hired across all states.

Now is the perfect time for aspiring OFWs to make their dreams of working in the U.S. a reality. That is exactly what Universal Staffing and Conexus MedStaff can help with. 

Combining their expertise and years of experience in recruitment, deployment and immigration in the U.S., Filipinos can benefit from their guidance and support every step of the way. The application process can be quite intimidating with several steps and requirements especially for first time applicants. There is a lot of work to be done but they will definitely get the help they need to succeed. All aspiring OFWs can rest assured that at any point in the process, they will have teams from Universal Staffing and Conexus Medstaff to rely on. 

With the help of Conexus MedStaff and Universal Staffing, let’s visualize the path to working in the U.S. through these 7 stages of success:

Stage 1: Recruitment & Employment Agreement

The first stage entails putting together all the necessary requirements and successfully submitting an application. Once the educational, clinical and professional hiring requirements are met, interested applicants can attend The Conexus MedStaff Community Talk. One-on-one conversations with a member of the recruitment team will help guide them along the way. If the applicant is selected, they will receive their offer (Employment Agreement) and once it is signed, they move forward to the next stage. 

Stage 2: Credentialing

During this stage, candidates will submit all required documents. Including the biographic page of their passport, ASCPi Certification, diploma, and educational transcripts. If applicable to them, they can also submit their Visa Screen and proof of IELTS.

Stage 3: NCLEX Sponsorship Program

Through the NCLEX Sponsorship Program, candidates will receive personalized training and intensive coaching as they prepare to take their first NCLEX-RN exam. The classes are customized to meet candidates’ needs and availability. With the guidance from top educators and coaches, candidates gain the ability and confidence to take the exam. The Licensure process will occur at the same time as the review program to ensure the ATT is received as soon as the program is completed.

NOTE: In the event that a candidate would need to take the NCLEX-RN exam again, the case will be reviewed before a decision is made on another sponsorship.

Stage 4: Immigration

The Immigration Stage involves several steps. Thanks to the expert guidance of the Conexus MedStaff team, candidates will receive detailed information on requirements. And they can get all the help they need to make sure they can successfully pass their interview.

H1B Visa Process:

  • Submit all required documents

  • Conexus registers MTs in the H1B Visa Lottery (march)

  • H1B Visa lottery results (April-August)

  • Conexus MedStaff files H1B petition*

  • Petition is approved

  • Embassy interview is scheduled

  • Conexus MedStaff team helps prepare the candidate for Embassy Interview

  • Attend Embassy Interview

Green Card EB3 Process:

  • Program Electronic Review Management or PERM Process 

  • Conexus MedStaff starts the immigration process by submitting I-140*

  • I-140 Petition is processed and approved

  • Priority Date is captured

  • Conexus MedStaff Initiates the Visa Screen

  • Complete NVC documents

  • Embassy Interview is scheduled

  • Conexus MedStaff team helps prepare the candidate for Embassy Interview

  • Attend Embassy Interview

*Premium processing consideration

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Stage 5: Pre-Deployment

The Conexus MedStaff Onboarding team will start preparing candidates for deployment by giving them information about their assignment location. They will also help the candidates by gaining an understanding of what's important for them and their family.

In this stage, candidates will also go through Conexus MedStaff’s award-winning “U.S. Ready Program.” It is designed to provide educational and practical information to help candidates with their transition into a new workplace, living environment and community.  

Stage 6: Deployment

The Conexus MedStaff’s Onboarding team members are dedicated to help facilitate a seamless transition for candidates and their families to the U.S. They do their very best to make the candidates feel welcomed and well-taken care of. During the Deployment stage, they will organize, book and pay for their transportation to the U.S., their airport pickup and their hotel on arrival. Their accommodation is fully paid for the first 30 days and they will help them to secure an apartment that meets their family’s needs. They will also introduce them to members of their new community and help them form connections. 

Stage 7: Start of U.S. Assignment

This stage marks the beginning of candidates’ new life. The Conexus MedStaff team will help them ease into their new jobs and adjust in their new workplace. Prior to starting their assignment, the Engagement Manager will introduce them to their manager at the facility. They will receive their schedule, First Day Instructions and scrub colors. Being in a completely new environment might feel overwhelming. That’s why the Conexus MedStaff team will provide ongoing support in every aspect of adjustment to a new life. 

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Nurses get placed at a single facility allowing them to be part of a community

Start early, apply upon graduating

The average time frame for these 6 stages is approximately 12 to 18 months. The good news is that nursing graduates can already submit their application as soon as they have graduated. 

Nursing graduates without working experience, or those currently unemployed will still be considered for an interview. With Conexus MedStaff, being currently employed is not a requirement unlike other U.S. employers

Those who successfully pass their interview can continue on to gain the required experience while their application to the U.S. is being processed. This means that Conexus MedStaff only requires nurses to have two years of bedside experience at the time of their deployment to the U.S. rather than three, like many U.S. employers require. 

The intention is that qualified candidates may be able to deploy within 12-18 months, depending upon immigration processing times. This allows candidates the opportunity to obtain a total of 2 to 3 years of experience by the time they immigrate to the U.S.

“I chose Conexus MedStaff and I’ve never looked back.” 

- Daniel, Graduate Nurse

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Frequently Asked Questions - Employment Agreement

Here are some answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions, to help all aspiring OFWs to better understand the Employment Agreement:

What is the duration of my contract with Conexus MedStaff?

Your contract term is for 6,000 productive hours which includes client orientation, all hours worked and overtime. Paid Time Off (PTO) hours count towards the contract term however Leave of Absence (LOA) will not count towards the contract term and will extend the contract.

Who will sponsor my immigration process?

Conexus MedStaff as your employer will sponsor and cover the costs of your immigration process.

Who will sponsor my family’s immigration process?

Conexus MedStaff will add your spouse and children to your immigrant petition if you are legally married, and your children are under the age of 21.

How much do I need to pay?

Conexus MedStaff will not charge you a placement fee or completion fee. The way you “repay” for its investment is by completing your 6,000-hour contract term.

Does Conexus MedStaff offer health insurance?

Yes! As part of your comprehensive benefits, you and your family are eligible for health insurance.

Can I leave the country while I’m on contract with Conexus MedStaff?

Of course! As long as your Paid Time Off (PTO) request is approved by your unit manager, you can use your PTO to leave the country to visit family and friends.

 

“For us, this is the best decision we have ever made for our family and our careers. We are proud to be part of Conexus who gave us that chance to excel and grow.” 

- Charo & Michael, US RNs


 

There is No Better Time Than Now

The staffing shortage in the U.S. is not ending anytime soon. And with the ever increasing demand for internationally educated medical professionals, now is absolutely the best time to start applying to jobs in the U.S. 

Are you thinking about putting together an application? But maybe you have some doubts or perhaps you have questions about what is required. Our recruitment officers are always ready to help. Email us at inquiries@unistaff.us and they will reply to you shortly. 

If you’re ready to apply, click on the “Apply Now” button below to create your application profile and get started. 

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Sources:

Conexus MedStaff:

https://www.conexusmedstaff.com/

NCLEX Sponsorship Program

​​https://www.conexusmedstaff.com/blog/2021/12/conexus-medstaff-launches-nclex-sponsorship-program

Prepare for the NCLEX: Education and Financial Assistance for International Nurses

https://www.conexusmedstaff.com/blog/2022/02/prepare-for-the-nclex-education-and-financial-assistance-for-international-nurses

RN Recruiting: Setting You Up for Success in the USA

https://www.conexusmedstaff.com/blog/2018/09/learning-support

US Bureau of Labor Statistics:

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm#tab-6

The U.S. Nursing Shortage: A State-by-State Breakdown

https://nursejournal.org/articles/the-us-nursing-shortage-state-by-state-breakdown/

Hospitals are Turning to Foreign-Educated Nurses Fix The U.S. Staffing Crisis

https://nurse.org/articles/foreign-educated-nurses-united-states/

Henry Ford Health System to add Filipino nurses to fill shortages, CEO says

https://eu.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/wayne-county/2021/09/21/henry-ford-health-system-seeks-overseas-nurses-fill-staff-shortages/5807660001/

Short-staffed and COVID-battered, U.S. hospitals are hiring more foreign nurses

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2022/01/06/1069369625/short-staffed-and-covid-battered-u-s-hospitals-are-hiring-more-foreign-nurses?t=1651239200033&t=1651427190376

Why nurses from abroad are in high demand in North Dakota and across the U.S.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/why-nurses-from-abroad-are-in-high-demand-in-north-dakota-and-across-the-u-s

 

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