Nurse Marjorie Pineda arrived in Texas knowing little about Fort
Worth. Everything she knew about the area's hospitals came from fellow
nurses and co-workers at the hospital she went to work for after
finishing nursing school in the Philippines. And the tales she heard
about JPS ... Suffice to say she never expected to want a job here.
It's often said a reputation is difficult to build but easily
destroyed. Alas, old stereotypes linger. "I heard all kinds of things,
terrible things, about working at JPS," said Pineda, who came to the
U.S. with a group of nurses recruited by HCCA International and placed
at HCA hospitals in North Texas.
As they completed 2.5-year contracts with the recruiting agency, some
scattered to other hospitals, remaining a tight-knit group of friends
that celebrate every birthday and holiday together, calling themselves
Then a friend's father had a heart procedure at JPS, and Pineda came
to visit. "That was the first time I set foot at JPS," she recalled.
"And what I saw was not anything like all the things I had heard. I
couldn't believe it." Already on the hunt for a PACU job, she elevated
JPS to the top of her list and applied for the next opening. "And the
rest," she said, "is history." But that's not the end of the story.
At home in the PACU and winning high praise from manager Julie
Fields, Pineda no longer sits still for any trash-talk. She drowns it
out, putting the power of positive word-of-mouth to work for JPS. No
fewer than six members of the Hurst-Pinoys now are JPS team members.
There's Pineda and Marites Panopio, a nurse and team leader in the
Cardiac Unit, and Panopio's husband, Ricky Panopio, multi-skilled tech
in the Integrated Specialty Unit. There's Stephanie Tabingo, another
nurse in the Cardiac Unit, who found at JPS both a career and her
husband, Fernando Elizondo, an LVN in Correctional Health. Yujin Sapnu
is a nurse in Urgent Care, Thomas Joseph is a nurse in Progressive Care,
and Maica Malabago is a post-partum nurse on 2 North.
"We tell everybody," Pineda said, "that JPS is a great place to work."