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Employee of the year awards are normally won by tenured employees. Occasionally a newer employee may win.

However, it’s unheard of for a contractor to be named employee of the year. And that is exactly what happened when Rhoda, a PassportUSA nurse on a temp-to-perm assignment at a 400-bed hospital in the Midwest, was given the award this past month.

PassportUSA, headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, recruited Rhoda, who received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a university in the Philippines, and assisted her through the U.S. immigration and nursing licensure process.

Rhoda then participated in a phone interview with the hospital and accepted an assignment in their medical-surgical unit that began in February, 2017. Now, just 20 months after her first day at work, she was voted to be the employee of the year by the facility’s staff.

How did this happen? Do Rhoda’s peers even know she isn’t even an employee?

Yes, and the staff nurses and leadership don’t mind a bit.

Rhoda and most other PassportUSA RNs are viewed as full-time staffers by the healthcare organizations to which they are assigned. It’s all in the way the unique workforce solution is implemented, the length of the contract, and the partnership that exists between PassportUSA and its clients.

“It has been an absolute pleasure to have Rhoda as part of our team! In her 20 months here, she has won over her co-workers and anyone that has met her along the way. Rhoda received a Leaders Award which placed her in the running for the Employee of the Year. She won Employee of the Year by a landslide, which is unprecedented as a contracted associate. We are proud to announce Rhoda as the hospital’s Employee of the Year!,” stated an HR team member at the hospital.

Katie Glaser, PassportUSA VP of International Operations, sums the victory up to the following. “We partner with our client healthcare organizations to provide a temp-to-perm nurse staffing solution with an impressive 86% conversion rate to direct employment. This distinction really shapes how our clients think about their investment in our nurses.”

“To aid in retention we make sure our assigned nurses become ingrained in the communities in which they live and work. That means assisting them and their families with housing, transportation, schooling, and places of worship at the start of the contract.

In summary, we don’t treat them like short term contract labor, so neither do the staff nurses and administrators at their assigned healthcare facilities.

“In summary, we don’t treat them like short term contract labor, so neither do the staff nurses and administrators at their assigned healthcare facilities. We have even swayed the mindset of several facilities focused on the wholesale elimination of contract labor because they see our unique workforce solution as a means-to-an-end in an otherwise tight nurse labor market,” continued Glaser.

Rhoda’s nomination included the following. “Aside from all of her professional accomplishments, Rhoda’s most notable attributes are her kindness and compassion towards others. She became a part of our family instantaneously. Her outgoing bubbly personality makes her easy to love. She goes out of her way to advocate for her patients. She is a true example of our mission, which is to treat each patient as if they were a member of our family. We are proud to work alongside of Rhoda!”

Rhoda became a part of our family instantaneously . . . She is a true example of our mission, which is to treat each patient as if they were a member of our family.

PassportUSA is proud of Rhoda and to offer a workforce solution that is having a positive impact on the quality of U.S. healthcare and the lives of countless patients across the USA.

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