Conexus MedStaff: Candidate Spotlight
For many nurses, living and working in the U.S. is a big life goal. They strive to work in a profession that serves others. At the same time, they want to provide a good life for their families and themselves.
The journey to working in the U.S. may be long and challenging, but it is within reach! Nurses like Charlotte, Kristoffer and Lovely have taken the opportunity to build up their careers in the U.S. Their stories show us that hard work is rewarded with a milestone to celebrate every step of the way. They’re living proof that you can make this happen, too!
Milestone: Arriving in the U.S. from the Philippines
Charlotte wanted to become a nurse in the U.S. to make a difference in people’s lives.
“It’s my passion. I always wanted to take care of the sick and to help others out,” she said.
When she heard about Conexus MedStaff from a friend, she began the process of making her American dream a reality.
Charlotte says, “She told me good things about Conexus MedStaff, so I joined.”
After waiting two years to get to the U.S., Charlotte finally started working as an international nurse in the U.S. A team of in-house immigration experts at Conexus MedStaff helped her through the process. And now she’s settling into her new home and new job as a USRN with a community of other Conexus MedStaff healthcare professionals by her side.
“It feels good because this is my dream, and finally Conexus MedStaff helped me to be in this country,” she said. “I want to thank Conexus MedStaff for not giving up on us - for helping us pursue our dreams in the U.S.”
Milestone: From a Student on F1 Visa to a Green Card Holder
Kristoffer began the journey of a lifetime when he moved to the U.S. from the Philippines in 2016. He moved to Hayward, California on the F1 visa and studied at California State University, East Bay.
After passing the NCLEX in 2018, Kristoffer, a Conexus MedStaff nurse, began looking for healthcare jobs in the U.S. and had a difficult time finding an employer that offered sponsorship.
“I called everywhere and they don’t take international students,” he said, “And I came upon Conexus MedStaff, and they’re the only ones taking international students to file for adjustment of status.”
After Conexus MedStaff helped place him at a hospital, he moved across the country with his wife and two children, beginning his U.S. career in West Virginia.
“It’s been good. It was hard a little bit at first because you know – adjustments – which is normal,” he said. “Conexus MedStaff has been very supportive.”
With help from the Conexus MedStaff in-house immigration team, Kristoffer went from working on his OPT to having a Green Card as of December 2021. This puts him one step closer to living his American dream with his family.
“Now that we have our permanent residency – that's one of the main steps,” he said. “Now getting settled in, hopefully to get our citizenship in the next couple of years, and get the dream home- travel the U.S. and stuff – we're getting there!”
Although change can be difficult at times, Kristoffer remained positive. “I just want to express my appreciation to Conexus MedStaff,” he said.
“From California all the way to West Virginia and everything in between. It’s such an adventure."
Milestone: Receving the DAISY Award for Exellence in Nursing
Lovely Subeldia, a Conexus MedStaff nurse from the Philippines, was recently awarded The DAISY® Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The DAISY Award is a highly regarded recognition, awarded to nurses that display extraordinary compassion and care for patients and their family members.
In receiving this award through the work she does each day, Lovely demonstrates how Conexus MedStaff nurses can grow and excel in their careers.
We spoke to Lovely about what receiving this prestigious honor means to her.
What does receiving The DAISY Award mean to you?
I was very grateful, overwhelmed and did not expect it because I was just fulfilling my responsibilities as a nurse. I never expected the DAISY Award. I am naturally a caring person and love to take good care for my patients.
Why did you decide to become a nurse in the U.S.?
I have always wanted to live the American dream. I love it here. I love the people, my community, the environment, my workplace. Everything is so perfect for us. I hope to permanently stay here in the U.S.
What are your long-term goals?
I love what I do now which is taking care of patients and giving them excellent care. Down the road, I am looking at maybe becoming a nurse practitioner or nurse educator, but right now I am taking my time to understand the U.S Healthcare systems very well.
How did you find Conexus MedStaff?
I heard about Conexus through a friend who, surprisingly, didn’t use Conexus to relocate to the U.S. though she highly recommended the organization. Three years ago, I contacted Conexus MedStaff and the agency has been there for me from day one – and here I am now.
We are grateful for Conexus healthcare professionals like Lovely that are dedicated and passionate about providing exceptional care for their patients, their community, and their team.
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If you’re ready to pursue your American dream of working as a nurse in the U.S., submit your application today!
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