ERNIE ROSAS, RN, BSN
EXCELLENCE IN NURSING – INTERNATIONAL
Nominator: Remy Dela Cruz, RN, BSN
Former HOF Recipient
Ernie Rosas, RN BSN, is a successful nursing professional, entrepreneur, and a community and business leader. Most recently, he served as President of the Philippine Nurses Association of America Foundation (2011-2015), which supports the development of Filipino American Nurses to their fullest potential and facilitates their contributions to health and well being for all, through nursing, education, management and research.
Ernie hails from Tayabas City, Quezon Province and graduated from St. John Bosco Academy. He received his Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Sto. Tomas, Manila in 1976. He immigrated to the States in 1978, and completed his work visa program at Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine Hospital in 1980. He continued to work as a clinical nurse in various specialties including Critical Care, OR, ER, Med Surgical, Psychiatry, Oncology, Geriatrics, Hospice Care Agency Nursing. He has over 18 years in clinical nursing and 22 years in nursing management and entrepreneurship.
In 1994, Ernie recognized that health care organizations needed quality healthcare professionals to supplement their staffing needs. With his wife Beth, they founded Reliable Healthcare Services, Inc., a healthcare staffing and international recruitment Company. They provided temporary healthcare personnel including nurses to various hospital systems in Missouri, Kansas, Indiana and Ohio. In 1995, the Company was awarded a Federal Contract to serve VA Health Systems, Department of Defense, National Institute of Health and Indian Reservation Health System. He served as the Company’s CEO and President for over 20 years.
For the last 22 years, Ernie has been active in numerous nursing professional organizations. He was President of Philippine Nurses Association of Greater Kansas City, and served as a Board Member, Regional Officer, Chairman and VP of the Philippine Nurses Association of America. He introduced a very successful fundraising event for the Organization, the “PNAA/PNAAF Healthy Challenge 5K Run/Walk, which has raised over one quarter million dollars in donations. Due to its enormous success, he and his wife were awarded with the ROSAS CUP. He was also a Founding Trustee and served as VP and President of PNAA Foundation, President of the UST Nursing Alumni in America and also served in the Appeals Committee of CGFNS International from 2002-2006.
As a community and business leader, his civic activities include involvement with the Mayor of Kansas City Ethnic Enrichment Commission as the Philippine Commissioner, Advisory Board, Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Past President Kansas City World Outreach Lion’s Club, World Outreach Foundation, President of the Filipino Cultural Center Foundation and Board of Director for the Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City.
He is also an active participant and financial supporter of several Medical Missions to the Philippines and other countries. He is currently serving as the Coordinator of the 2016 Medical Mission to Sipalay City, Negros Occidental.
Ernie is the recipient of numerous awards and honors from local and national professional nursing, civic and business Organizations which include 2000 National Excellence Award in Entrepreneurship – Philippine Nurses Association of America, 2005 Nurse of the Year Award – PNA of Greater Kansas City, 2006 Patriotic Employer Award – Department of Defense, 2007 Nurse Leadership Award – PNAA North Central Region, 2008 Community Leader Award – World Outreach Foundation of Greater Kansas City, 2007 Community Leader and Philanthropic Award – Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City and 2008 Melvin Jones Fellow – Lion’s Club International Foundation.
Currently, Ernie is keeping himself busy by planning, coordinating and fundraising for the 2016 Philippines MedicaI Mission. He is also enjoying retirement with his wife of 36 years, his 3 children and 2 grandchildren.