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Everything we do, we believe in a higher purpose and that is to change people’s lives. As a POEA-licensed recruitment agency, we provide excellent service in assisting Filipino Healthcare Professionals to achieve their #AmericanDream. We offer exceptional programs aimed at preparing our candidates to be ready for their U.S. journey, and we have rewarded their dedication and commitment by providing jobs at some of America’s finest healthcare facilities

Aspire Program – NCLEX Sponsorship

The Aspire Program is designed for Filipino Registered Nurses who graduated in 2016-2018. Nurses under this program can avail our #NCLEXsponsorship

Check out what these outstanding Nurses have to say about the Aspire Program

“their dedication of giving follow-ups set a fire in my heart to continue with the application process” – Von Christian, USRN

I joined the HCPI in the year 2016, yes about 3 years ago already. The process was not that long actually if you just do your part with sincerity. The predictive exam was really hard and I believed I will not pass the exam. But thanks to the staff of Health Carousel especially to Sir Mark Cunanan who never gave up following-up with my requirements. He always asked for an update with my documents. I feel embarrassed because when they gave me the deadline for submission of certain requirements, I always made reasons that I was busy where in fact I just didn’t comply with it. I was stuck-up with my application for so long that even the manager called me already to ask about it, on why it took me so long to comply. That time their dedication of giving follow-ups set a fire in my heart to continue with the application process. This time, I did comply with all the documents already without any further delays. I just spent a little on the application process, everything else was covered by the HCPI NCLEX Sponsorship program.

I took the exam last November 2018 but unfortunately, I failed on my first attempt. I was already working at that time in a tertiary hospital with a very busy schedule. I have a 12-hour duty every other day. I only did self-review but because I’m really tired with work, I just read my materials without understanding the contents. I can say that I wasn’t prepared emotionally, physically, and mentally. I just lied to the staff of the HCPI that I am already prepared and ready to take the exam. Continue reading

Aspire Program – NCLEX Sponsorship

The Aspire Program is designed for Filipino Registered Nurses who graduated in 2016-2018. Nurses under this program can avail our #NCLEXsponsorship

Check out what these outstanding Nurses have to say about the Aspire Program

“The NCLEX program is a blessing to me.” – Ezra Mae, USRN

I joined HCPI last year – 2018, I happened to read it while scrolling facebook at 2 am from a very stressful shift and I thought, “why not?” Fortunately, I was accepted and was even more fortunate that I was assigned to Ms. Kristine Cruz, my IPA. Given that I am working and sometimes during my laziest times, My IPA did not waste any time reminding me how should I be reviewing and answering my HESI. She does not only serves as my IPA but as an older sister that I never had – and I am thankful to God for her.

I took my NCLEX last March 23, 2019.

My NCLEX application was bliss and I pass did everything. With regards to my review efforts, I took responsibility for everything I need to know since I am self-reviewing due to time and financial constraints. However, the review material provided by the HCPI was very useful and by the time I had my ATT both my IPA and I pass recommended me UWORLD which is very challenging yet informative.

A day before my NCLEX, I arrived in Makati. The first thing I did was to track where Trident Tower which is only a 3-minute walk away from The Lerato, where I was staying. The night before my exam, My IPA called me and gave me a heads up to what will happen during the exam day and that boost a little of my confidence. So my NCLEX day came, I woke up at 5 am, prepared myself and of course, took some extra measures to calm myself. At 7 am, I went up to the 27th floor of the Trident Towers, I have to admit, the staffs in Pearson Vue were very strict and very precise with their instructions. At last, I sat at my chair facing the computer, the staff told to us to start whenever were ready. Basically, I started to panic before I could even touch the mouse but eventually deep breathing and prayers work – all the time. By then, I took my exam and calm myself for every number that I am not sure of my answer. My questions were a mix of easy to very difficult questions, received 80% SATA and stopped at number 121. By the time, my screen flashes indicating that the next questions were research questions, I couldn’t help but be tearful, all in my head was a failure and I was overthinking. Thankfully, after a few days, I learned that I pass NCLEX and I couldn’t be happier.

The NCLEX program is a blessing to me. It gave me a chance to dream even as much as dreaming the American Dream.

My message to aspiring nurses: Is always to have faith. “Faith – it doesn’t make things easy, It makes them possible.” – Luke 1:37


“keep the inner fire which gives motivation and keeps you awake during the review” – Jonrel, USRN

The idea by which equality of opportunity is available to any people living in the United States. This is my American Dream. Being titled as a USRN here in the Philippines is one of the biggest achievements you can ever have in your Nursing Profession. Application for NCLEX-RN exam is too expensive and not all Filipinos can afford to take this exam. Fortunately, right after passing the Nursing Licensure Examination- Philippines Board Exam for Nurses last November 2016. One of my closest friends inform me about PassportUSA which offer sponsorship for NCLEX-RN to make our American Dream possible. I signed-up December 2016 and they called for my mock exam to qualify for my NCLEX sponsorship. I pass the said exam and I became one of their Aspirant. I send all the necessary documents which they asked, my credentials in school and authentic licensed. Sending these documents is the only fee which I shoulder but, all the processing fee are shouldered by PassportUSA. When I passed the mock exam they gave me an account for HESI, a very good reviewer. This online account have necessary topics about NCLEX and after each topic, there has 100 practice question which I answered and gave me an idea about how my real NCLEX exam like.

I really have a nerve-wracking experience regard my NCLEX-RN exam. I took two months of leave for my preparation and it’s all worthwhile. I also used Uworld for my study stool and it really helps me through this journey.

For all my fellow Nurses who have A Dream to become a USRN keep the inner fire which gives motivation and keeps you awake during the review. I have to admit that this journey won’t be easy but, the Help of God and the help of all committed staff of PassportUSA our American Dream is possible. Keep up the Good work Guys.


 

Aspire Program – NCLEX Sponsorship

The Aspire Program is designed for Filipino Registered Nurses who graduated in 2016-2018. Nurses under this program can avail our #NCLEXsponsorship

Check out what these outstanding Nurses have to say about the Aspire Program

“Helped me with every step of my application” – Ma. Jella, USRN

I joined Health Carousel last February 2018 and took the NCLEX this April 2019. Before I joined Health Carousel, I do not have any background regarding how I will apply and process my NCLEX application. I am very grateful that HCPI and iNurse helped me with every step of my application. Every now and then, they are reminding me of the requirements that I have to comply which is a big help for me since I am also working in the hospital.

Reviewing for the NCLEX and working in the hospital is difficult. You really have to manage your time properly in order to get enough sleep and review for the exam. It takes a lot of effort and determination to study for NCLEX. I was lucky that my IPA, Ma’am Patricia Garcia, always checks up on me and motivates me to study from time to time.

I can say that my NCLEX experience is one of a kind, exciting, and nerve-racking one. I couldn’t have done it without Health Carousel. I couldn’t thank HCPI enough for being with me every step of the way on my journey to being a USRN. All my sacrifices and efforts were definitely worth it.

To all the aspiring nurses, no dream is impossible if we are determined to reach that dream. Set your goals so that you know where to aim your arrow. Always focus and manage your time wisely. Know your priorities and most importantly, always pray and ask for divine guidance. Best of luck!


“We worked hand-in-hand to comply with the requirements.” – Harsley, USRN

 

Even before formally signing up under the Aspire Program in January 2017, I am already a subscriber of newsletters and updates from Health Carousel and Passport USA. I took the NCLEX-RN last March 2019 and passed through their aid. We worked hand-in-hand to comply with the requirements and never have I imagined that the registration and application process would be very smooth.

The preparation for the examination was a crucial task but I found confidence in taking the examination with the materials that they have provided. I also found supplemental support through joining review groups and utilizing online applications that helped me familiarize potential questions that might appear. I really do appreciate how Health Carousel set proper expectation about NCLEX-RN and subtly remind the applicants about the incoming examination without putting pressure on their shoulders. I received reminders and encouraging words periodically that boosted my morale before I take the examination.

I will always be grateful to Health Carousel and will continue to share great words about them.

Clinical Training Program Testimonials

As part of Passport USA and Health Carousel’s commitment, we provide our nurses clinical simulation and educational courses in an online learning management system because we value our nurses’ ongoing professional advancement and believes that this coursework will enhance their transition to practice in the U.S.

We would like to congratulate these wonderful Nurses for successfully completing your training! They are now ready to transition confidently to the US health care system.

 

Here’s what our dedicated Nurses have to say about the Clinical Program Training

 

“Very confident to start work.” – Ma. Emilia, USRN

I have been working for 3 years at the medical unit and surgical unit.i have a year also at the geriatric unit. I’m more confident now after taking the training modules because it introduced me to a lot of new policies and transition really is not too easy. Good thing the Clinical Training Program helped a lot. Overall it was very informative and my coach was very supportive especially when topics were quite complicated. skills modules and video very stimulating.grateful for the training we got!

 

“A very useful and relevant for our transition in the U.S.” – Marie Kristine, USRN

I have been practicing as a nurse for 5 years and I have been assigned to areas such as the Emergency Room, the Out Patient Department, the Medical Surgical Ward, and the OB Ward.

 

I feel somehow confident practicing in the US now that I have completed the Clinical Training Program. I was assigned to do a 9-week module which covers mostly the common practice in the Medical-Surgical Ward. I found the modules highly useful since it gave a refresher on the standard practice in the hospital setting. The modules are varied from courses educating you with brief lectures to hospital setting simulations. The combination of lessons highlighted various differences in the practice here in the Philippines and the US which somehow gives you a benchmark when you start your training at the facility wherein you will be assigned.

Among all the lessons that I have tackled in the Transition to Practice program, I found the lessons in the Communicator 2.0, which encompasses therapeutic communication, very helpful. Knowing that English would be the primary language to be used in the US, it is indeed very helpful to learn the therapeutic communication techniques from a professional perspective. The language barrier is expected to be a barrier to our practice. We may be able to convey messages properly to our patients in our native tongue but conveying information through a foreign language usually puts us at risk for getting the message lost in translation. Patient communication is one of the cornerstones of a successful patient-client relationship and I believe that apart from gaining mastery of the nursing skills, it is just as important to establish a good working relationship with your client as well as to be able to convey patient teaching appropriately. Communication is something that we deal in our day to day lives but it is one of the hardest aspects as well. Choosing the right words to say, or choosing the best way to say things while conveying empathy would always be a challenge but the in-depth discussion through the Program of these communication techniques, I was able to gain a deeper understanding of how I can present myself better to a client in need.

“Beneficial and efficient.” – Mary Blaire, USRN

I have been a Neuro ICU nurse for 27 years in Nursing with a different assignment like OR nurse, ER nurse, DR nurse and most of my time in Medical-surgical Unit. Before the online course, I have lots of doubts and uncertainties about the US healthcare setting but after the course in the Clinical Training Program, I felt very confident and felt much more ready to apply the skills and knowledge that I enhanced from my online course.

All the courses offered were very useful and relevant for our transition in the US practice. The scenarios and the stimulation are like real setting and I was able to apply the communication techniques in the virtual clients.

 

 


Everything we do, we believe in a higher purpose and that is to change people’s lives. As a POEA-licensed recruitment agency, we provide excellent service in assisting Filipino Healthcare Professionals to achieve their #AmericanDream. We offer exceptional programs aimed at preparing our candidates to be ready for their U.S. journey, and we have rewarded their dedication and commitment by providing jobs at some of America’s finest healthcare facilities

“Supportive and very well goal-oriented.” – April Therese, USRN

I remember signing up with Health Carousel last 2016 and with regards to the whole process of my application, it went smoothly and in an organized manner. I’m grateful for Health Carousel’s dedication towards accomplishing this #AmericanDream one step at a time. From the beginning to the end they were supportive and very well goal-oriented when I come to finishing a certain deadline. My experience with Health Carousel was satisfactory that I didn’t regret trusting them with this milestone. To my, IDAs thank you for the patience and understanding as I complied my requirements. You’ve guided me well in the best possible way. Lastly, to my fellow nurses I know the process won’t be easy all throughout, you’ll find yourself lost and confused in the process but you’ll find your way into achieving you’re sought after dreams to the finish line. I quote: “Nothing is impossible when you believe in the power of dreams”. God bless us all.

“Truly tested through times.” – Michael Ray, USRN

I admire this agency for their efficiency, all the agents that have worked with me are so professional and kept me updated with my case. I am not good with compliments but Health Carousel truly deserves my respect. Despite my shortcomings and wrong decisions (they know it), they have given me another chance to materialize my American Dream. To my fellow nurses, always choose to work with the right people, the right company that has already anchored with so much credibility, truly tested through times. I must say I made the right decision from the very moment that I signed with them. God speed.

“Good communication loop.” – Camille Dianne, USRN

I joined Health Carousel last August of 2016 while I was having my first hospital notation as a newly Registered Nurse then my friends suggested to check out about the program of HC online despite I am not sure of the outcome I decided to give it a try, submitted resume a via email and luckily, got selected under the Aspire program.

My journey with HC required constant dedication to submitting the needed documents and requirements albeit I am working and kind of tired from duty. Good communication loop with my advisors was significant and I am grateful to have advisors from Martha, Raissa and of course to Amelyn who were great at communicating updated and gave me support as well throughout my journey.

My message to my fellow healthcare workers is that we all have a different timeline and never ever stop trying to achieve any of your goals and take risks as well, I have read one time that if it doesn’t scare you then your dreams are not huge enough. Never give up for the American Dream.

Clinical Training Program Testimonials

As part of Passport USA and Health Carousel’s commitment, we provide our nurses clinical simulation and educational courses in an online learning management system because we value our nurses’ ongoing professional advancement and believes that this coursework will enhance their transition to practice in the U.S.

We would like to congratulate these wonderful Nurses for successfully completing your training! They are now ready to transition confidently to the US health care system.

 

Here’s what our dedicated Nurses have to say about the Clinical Program Training

 

“Very confident to start work.” – Maria Conchita, USRN

I have been working for four years in medical-surgical and three years in home health nursing. A total of 7 years of nursing experience. After completing the Clinical Training Program, I am very confident to start work in the US now. The situations were very realistic as if I am present there. I got to experience common scenarios happening in the medical setting and learned what to do in those situations. The program was at first kind of hard to navigate but after you get the hang of it, it was quite easy already. My virtual coach, Ms. Jo was really helpful. She responds to my inquiries immediately and would message me if I have not done any activities for days. I find the skills module activities were very helpful. I got to experience real-life scenarios in the medical setting and learned how to troubleshoot those situations. The communicator activities were very helpful as well. It made me practice my communication skills.

 

“A very useful and relevant for our transition in the U.S.” – Mary Blaire, USRN

It has been 27 years since I have started working as an OR nurse, ER nurse, DR nurse and most of my time in Medical-surgical Unit. Before the online course, I have lots of doubts and uncertainties about the US healthcare setting but after I have taken the courses in the Clinical Training Program, I felt very confident and much more ready to apply the skills and knowledge that I enhanced from my online course. All the courses offered were very useful and relevant for our transition in the US practice. The scenarios and the stimulation are like real setting and I was able to apply the communication techniques in the virtual clients.

 

“Beneficial and efficient.” – Venus Vanessa, USRN

I have been a Neuro ICU nurse for 7 years, 1-year surgical ICU and 2 years private duty nurse. Confident that I will stick all by the standards that TJC implemented. The learnings that I gained increased my confidence to be a safe and efficient nurse. All the learnings really help me and update my knowledge and skills. these will enhance the skills and knowledge that I had, make it improve more for my patient care. These learnings will make it more beneficial and efficient.

 

 


Everything we do, we believe in a higher purpose and that is to change people’s lives. As a POEA-licensed recruitment agency, we provide excellent service in assisting Filipino Healthcare Professionals to achieve their #AmericanDream. We offer exceptional programs aimed at preparing our candidates to be ready for their U.S. journey, and we have rewarded their dedication and commitment by providing jobs at some of America’s finest healthcare facilities

“Great experience.” – Mary Margarette, USRN

It was a great experience for they have handled my application smoothly with helpful and competitive advisors who are very willing to answer my queries.

They are also confident in processing application although there were problems in facility selection, still, they have given a positive outcome in handling my application.

I commend Health Carousel for all of their support in aspiring nurses in the US.