Loraine Zozobrado-Ranque shared TrueProfile.io’s video celebrating 500,000 registered Members to her LinkedIn page and won the October TrueProfile.io Scholarship Fund worth US$1000! The video was to celebrate TrueProfile.io’s significant achievement, which we could not have done without our valued Members, like Loraine. After she won the fund, we spoke with Loraine about her nursing experience and moving her career overseas.
Can you tell us about yourself and what your career goals are?
My name is Loraine and I am originally from Zamboanga City in the Southern Philippines. Outside of my nursing, I keep myself entertained with books, journals and videos on YouTube and Netflix. Besides that, I love to watch cooking shows and tutorials, which help me discover new recipes and menus. I am married and am currently working as a Nurse Trainee/ OPD clinic staff nurse here in Qatar. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and, like the majority, I wanted my career to flourish after passing the National Board Exams.
You graduated from a Philippine university, worked in Japan for a long time and now you live in Qatar. Can you tell me why you traveled overseas to Japan?
I studied Japanese when I was at university. The university offered a free program for those who are interested in Japan. Two years after my graduation, when I passed all the requirements for the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), I went to Japan to further study their language and culture. After that, I was deployed to work. The Japanese language is essential for overseas professionals to live and work in the country.
What did you do in Japan?
I worked as a Licensed Care Worker (Caregiver) in Japan at a long-term care welfare facility/hospital for the elderly, where most patients lived with Dementia. We also cared for patients who were bedridden or who suffered from other medical conditions. I enjoyed working in a very systematic and disciplined environment. I also experienced being a Shift Leader where I created care plans, attended meetings and life support seminars, which helped me upskill.
Did you target Japan specifically for work?
Yes. Some of my schoolmates moved to Japan and became successful in their careers. Based on that, I also decided to move to Japan to succeed in my career.
What made you decide to move to Qatar?
After I got married, I left Japan and moved to Doha in May 2019. My husband was working as an EMT Paramedic in Doha. As for moving to the Middle East, I did not know what career path I would take. In the beginning, I worked from home as a freelance translator and transcriptionist for Japanese and English translations. By chance, I spoke to an old friend who works here in Doha and they asked me if I would like to continue my nursing career in Doha, so I said, ‘Why not’? I saw how great the opportunity of working in Qatar was. I took the Prometric exam and applied for mandatory verification with the DataFlow group.
Was it hard to transition from Japan to Qatar?
It was not hard for me to move from Japan to Qatar because of my husband. My husband was working in Qatar so I was eligible for his visa sponsorship. Although this is my first time living in the Middle East, it was easy to adjust because the people I meet here speak English and Tagalog, so I feel that I really belong. I also enjoy Qatar’s hot weather and culture. But the transition from working as a caregiver to working as a nurse was a little harder. The transition from using Japanese as my working language to learning a new work language, Arabic, was challenging.
You worked in a geriatric facility for a long time and now work at a Pediatric clinic. Nursing is an exciting career choice. Can you tell me more about it?
Absolutely! It is interesting. One situation that comes to mind is when I assisted a three-day-old neonate patient in the pediatric clinic. She had a skin rash condition, so I took her weight and recorded it. Weighing the child reminded me of my elderly patients in Japan whose weight I monitored monthly/weekly with a lifting device. This made me realize how similar pediatric and geriatric needs are and that they only differ in the nursing approaches, making the transition unique. I learned that one is growing humbly, and the latter is slowing down with dignity.
You initially had a result of Unable to Verify (UTV) from DataFlow, but you appealed the result. Can you tell me about this experience?
When the DataFlow Group tried to contact the organization who issued my documents, they were not able to confirm anything because they needed my written permission. I had several appeals (with the organizations, the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners or QCHP, and with the DataFlow Group) to extract all my credentials from Japan to Qatar, and it was not that easy. My appeal was to request that the Japan Center of Social Welfare Promotion and National Examination release my data to QCHP. Under Japanese law, I must undergo a legal process to disclose my information/credentials to a third party (for example, the DataFlow group). I had no idea how to do it, or no one to ask. Maybe I was the first to do this transition as a Filipino from Japan to Qatar. I called the Japan Center and they advised me on the legal procedures I needed to do. Finally, I submitted a Letter for Disclosure of Personal Information Request to the Japan Center; and they immediately granted my request. A few days later, The DataFlow Group verified my documents.
How did you hear about TrueProfile.io?
I got an email from TrueProfile.io telling me that my DataFlow Group PSV report was ready. With TrueProfile.io, you can store all your credentials and career documents in one place. I find their website, www.TrueProfile.io, easy to use and I know they are reliable because my verified documents are securely stored on the Blockchain. For these reasons, I recommended TrueProfile.io to my healthcare colleagues.