Three international nurses are living out their calling to care for others at Good Samaritan Society – Albion while participating in a student employment visa sponsorship program through the Good Samaritan Society.
The program is helping to fill staffing needs, which is often a challenge for small-town health care providers.
We are so thankful and blessed that these quality individuals have made the decision to live in Albion, Nebraska, and bring their knowledge, talent and caring hearts to our nursing facility.” – Karen Glesinger, administrator, Good Samaritan Society – Albion
Nurse Mitchelle Chelagat from Eldoret, Kenya, attended Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge for her associate nursing degree. She likes the opportunity nursing provides to change lives.
“I’m glad I can make an impact on people every day when I am working here,” she says.
Chinwe Ejidike, from Anambra, Nigeria, already had a background in nursing and midwifery before her placement in Bowie, Maryland. From there, she moved to Houston and received a medical office specialization associate degree.
She’s working towards her bachelor's degree in nursing, with the goal of one day becoming a nurse practitioner. Chinwe chose to pursue a career in health care because she’s always had a passion for taking care of people.
“This job brings me closer to God and [allows me to] better serve humanity,” she says.
The third nurse in the trio is Queen Uma from Warri, Nigeria. In Nigeria, she received an education degree before finding her passion for caring for seniors.
Through the visa program, she was placed in El Paso, Texas, where she worked as a certified nursing assistant while studying for her bachelor's of nursing degree at the University of Texas – El Paso.
I’ve seen and experienced ICU, acute, ER and other settings during my training as a nurse, but my heart is with caring for geriatric patients. They hold a special place in my heart.” – Queen Uma, registered nurse, Good Samaritan Society – Albion
All three registered nurses are full-time employees of Good Samaritan Society – Albion and are eligible for benefits, along with scholarships and forgivable loans for nursing school.
Good Samaritan Society – Albion also offers free CNA classes.
Administrator Karen Glesinger says to remain an integral part of the health care network in Albion and the surrounding communities, she needs to hire and retain exceptional staff, which makes her thankful for these international nurses.
I pray Mitchelle, Chinwe, Queen and their families feel welcomed by the community and made to feel at home, even though they have traveled so far.” – Karen Glesinger