Glarizze Aquino, 31, is the first registered nurse recruited by RN Express from another country, which is neither the Philippines nor the U.S.
She worked for five years at the Madinat Zayed Hospital in the United Arab Emirates as an ICU nurse. Early this year, she came to California as a tourist. Before leaving to go back to Abu Dhabi, she made the crucial decision to reach out to the RNE office.
“Nag-tourist muna ako pero naghahanap din ng employer,” she said when interviewed.
From California, she visited NYC where a friend urged her to give RNE a try. “Try mo lang, sabi niya. A day before my flight, I met with Alex and Ma’am Sally. Walk-in lang ako. They told me, puwede ka na, huwag ka na umalis.”
And so she decided to apply, putting her career path in the hands of RN Express. She went back to Abu Dhabi to formalize her resignation, returned to NYC in February, and is currently a nurse at Menorah Hospice. She did not realize her California license, still current, was transferable in New York State via reciprocity.
“I’m a breadwinner,” declared Glarizze when asked why she chose to work in Middle East instead of coming to the U.S. right after getting a nursing degree at PLM (Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila). “I didn’t have the means to pursue a U.S. application with all the costs.”
Before Abu Dhabi, she worked for two years at the UST Hospital. “I never thought I could find an employer here in New York,” she said.
Life in Abu Dhabi was easy. Nurses were offered free meals and accommodations, their wages are tax-free. “Abu Dhabi is an open city,” she said. “You can wear anything.”
By comparison, NYC life appears to be more complicated, but offers opportunities for adventure. She tries to live a simple and quiet lifestyle in Queens.
Born in Blumentritt, Manila, Glarizze supports her family, which includes a stay-at-home mom, a sibling who recently graduated with a hotel and restaurant management degree, and a younger sibling who is a senior in high school.
What’s the transition like from ICU to hospice nurse?
Replied Glarizze: “Not much difference, the patients are all the same. I’m starting to like being hospice nurse.”
She is grateful to RNE, especially to CEO Sally Nunez, for her training and the unwavering support. “They’re very supportive of my growth,” she said.