Ralph Mangusan, winner of a NEF Scholarship, began his nursing career in the Philippines before moving to the United States in 2006. Certified in gerontological nursing, medical surgical nursing, progressive care, and wound care, he started his stateside career at Aston Park Healthcare Center, a skilled nursing facility in North Carolina. After obtaining his master’s degree at the University of North Carolina, he joined the adjunct faculty in the Accelerated Pre-Licensure Program (ABSN) at Western Carolina University. He is currently pursuing courses at Duke University to become an adult/geriatric primary care nurse practitioner and plans on specializing in HIV/AIDS care. He volunteers as a ward nurse for Team Heart, a US based non-profit organization that performs heart surgeries in Kigali, Rwanda, every year. He was named one of ”The Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina” in 2013.