A group of nursing students stand chatting around a counter. They are smiling.

Zaheer Turtem, far right, talks to classmates after a nursing class at the University of Connecticut. Turtem immigrated from the Philippines when he was in the fifth grade, along with his mom whose nursing work experience allowed her family to immigrate to the U.S. As of 2019, 1 in 20 registered nurses identified as Filipino. Yehyun Kim / CT Mirror