Staff Member Finds New Opportunities in US and at UNC Hospitals
UNC Health Care
David Bueso and his family moved to the United States in late 1999. He and his wife, Carla, had spent their entire lives in their native country, Honduras. Carla was seven months pregnant with their third child, Amie, at the time, and their two older children, Ramiro and David, were four and two, respectively.
The Buesos were in search of better opportunities. The U.S. government required that they be sponsored for nine months upon arriving in the country, so first they lived with David’s aunt in Chicago. Carla’s father, who was living in New York City, urged them to consider Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where they had relatives, as soon as they completed the sponsorship period.
“He assured us that the place for us was not New York or Chicago, but Chapel Hill,” says David, who had spent most of his life in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. “At the beginning, I thought Chapel Hill was too small and too quiet, but it grew on us quickly.”
In October 2000, within weeks of arriving in Chapel Hill, David took a part-time job with Environmental Services (EVS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Hospitals. He worked in the Emergency Department (ED), performed well and requested a full-time position. Several months later, he became a full-time employee, and it didn’t take long for his colleagues in EVS and the ED to recognize his contributions.
“He’s very self-driven and motivated,” says Jeff Phillips, a nurse who has provided care in the ED at UNC Hospitals for 20 years. “He’s the type of employee who doesn’t waste time – as soon as he gets here, he works, and he works until he leaves. He’s one of the most reliable employees I’ve ever been around.”
In Honduras, David had taken English courses, and his facility with the language helped him adjust to his new surroundings. He immediately became a team leader in EVS, training Hispanic employees in the department and serving as a resource for EVS and ED staff when they needed to better understand Spanish speakers. He even helped Hispanic employees with details about policies and benefits.
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November 30, 2020
November 30, 2020