We are hereby honored to announce that the winners of March 2021’s RN and Allied Employee of the Month contests are John Nina and Zarah Mae!

Congratulations to these healthcare professionals as they are featured on both our Facebook and website! They 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!


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John Nina is a Registered Nurse who is from the Philippines and is currently assigned in Minnesota. She has been working in the healthcare field for 10 years and has been working with PassportUSA for over two years!

Christine was nominated for RN Employee of the Month by the ER/MS Lead:

“John Nina is a great addition to the team. She remains flexible on her shift with her assignment and transitions without complaint. She is kind and compassionate in her interactions not only with patients but with coworkers. John Nina arrives to work on time and is ready to hit the ground running on care of her patients at the beginning of her shift. She is self-sufficient and that is a blessing to the charge nurse so they can focus on their tasks. John Nina has a smile on her face and is genuinely happy to be a nurse.”

Learn more about PassportUSA’s RN, John Nina, by reading her responses below!

What drew you to Health Carousel? “My former head nurse in Saudi Arabia referred me to Health Carousel, way back in 2012. According to her, she knew someone who worked for the agency. Health Carousel’s application process was a breeze.”

What do you like most about working with our client? “Minnesotans are known for being “Minnesota nice”. From patients to colleagues. People are just so nice. I didn’t expect this kind of treatment. After working for a long time in another country, this is a complete 360-degree turn!”

What do you like to do outside of work? “I’ve been trying to do things that can only mostly done here like fishing, ice skating, kayaking, canoeing, wandering around nearby towns, cities, parks, and lakes. And of course, shopping!”

What do you love most about being an RN? “I love being able to help and meet everyone from all walks of life. I enjoy getting to know them and hearing all kinds of stories. I get to learn from their experiences and get inspired to continue helping more people.”

What is your favorite American food? “My favorite American meal is steak, salad and mashed potatoes!”

Tell us something unique about you! “Hi! Im John Niña and that’s my full first name. My name sounds funny, I know. It’s supposed to be spelled as Janniña. My mom gave birth to me when everyone else was busy celebrating one of the Philippines’ major festivals, the Sinulog! Which usually happens every 3rd week of January. That’s where they got my name. January + Sto Niño. It was registered wrongly but my parents just let it slide, for practical reasons. I gained friends by wandering through parks and towns. And these friends introduced me to things that I can only see on TV before. My friends help me become a better person too. To sum it up, I am having a wonderful experience here. Explore.  I have a balanced work-life. Don’t let stress overwhelm you. Work hard, de-stress later. And remember, tomorrow is another day!

What’s your favorite quote? “Tomorrow is another day.”


Zarah Mae is a Physical Therapist who is from the Philippines and is currently assigned in New Mexico. She has been working in the healthcare field for 13 years and has been working with PassportUSA for almost three years!

Zarah Mae was nominated for Allied Employee of the Month by the Director of Rehab:

“Zarah took on a leadership role in our COVID -19 shut down. She personally read the research on COVID and the application of therapeutic techniques, abstracted it, wrote it up in an easy format and presented it to our team of therapists via Zoom. She was knowledgeable on Zoom and taught us how to share documents in the chat box.”

Learn more about PassportUSA’s PT, Zarah Mae, by reading her responses below!

What drew you to Health Carousel? “When I became ready to work abroad, I was researching for a staffing agency. I heard a lot of good stories from my friends about their experience with Health Carousel. Then, one of my closest college blockmates shared her experience with Health Carousel. I got interested and then she referred me to them.”

What do you like most about working with our client? “This hospital has helped me grow in my profession. I was given the opportunity to practice physical therapy in different settings. My coworkers are all friendly and supportive, especially in this pandemic. We were well trained and prepared for this pandemic. Our patients and the whole community were also kind and friendly.”

What do you like to do outside of work? “I love to travel and take a lot of photos! But since this pandemic hit us, I tried to learn baking and gardening. But my favorite pastime is really to watch movies, series, and documentaries! I also rediscovered my love for reading.”

What do you love most about being a PT? “As a physical therapist, I love that I am able to be part of a patient’s road to his/her recovery. Seeing my patients achieve their optimum function is really a reward for me. Since I work with pediatric patients too, I am so delighted to see my patients walk or move on their own, as well as seeing their parents and families getting excited with what their kids can do.”

What is your favorite American food? “I absolutely love pizza and burgers!”

Tell us something unique about you! “I love water activities! Back in the Philippines, I was able to swim with whale sharks, do canyoneering, snorkeling, exploratory dive, and surf on our beautiful beaches! Someday, I want to do these activities here in the U.S. too, probably in Florida or Hawaii!”

What’s your favorite quote? “Life’s a beach. Enjoy the waves.”


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.

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