Dubai, UAE: Often walking in the shadow of doctors, nurses around the world enjoy a day in the spotlight as they are celebrated today (May 12) for their contribution and service to the health care sector.
May 12, which marks International Nurses Day, gives societies the chance to acknowledge and appreciate the hard work and care that nurses provide to help patients recover.
The day also marks the birth of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale.
“Even though she was rich, Florence Nightingale wanted to help people. So she trained nurses and introduced modern nursing to make her patients as comfortable as possible. She is my role model and many other nurses around the world,” said Naseera Tabassum, a head nurse at I-Care Clinic in Dubai.
Starting her nursing career 15 years ago, Naseera, 36, from Pakistan, said her passion for nursing stems from her enjoyment of socialising and caring for people.
“A good day at work for me is one where I have attended to all my patients, helped them with any pain they are experiencing, taken the blood samples, and finished the paperwork,” said Naseera.
Working eight-hour shifts, six days a week, Naseera said the hardest part of being a nurse in Dubai is dealing with a multi-cultural mix of patients. “Sometimes we face misunderstandings with patients because of the difference in culture or language, so it can be challenging when a patient loses their temper.”
Naseera and other nurses working at the six branches of the I-Care Clinic in Dubai will be celebrating with a cake and a small gathering that will take place at each branch.
Another nurse at the clinic, Irene Noces, 30, from the Philippines, described her job as one of the hardest and most rewarding.
“Being a nurse is one of the toughest and most emotionally draining jobs. But there is also a big reward after each shift because you know you were able to touch people, help treat those who are injured, and provide advice and emotional support to many patients.”
Working as a nurse for the past eight years, Noces said she is grateful that there is one day in the year allocated to appreciating the efforts and hard work of nurses around the world.
School nurse Karen Ramos, 30, from the Philippines, said she comes from a family of nurses and has enjoyed her job for the past eight years. “It was my grandmother’s lifelong dream to become a nurse, and so most of my aunts and my two sisters are nurses,” said Ramos. Working at the Emirates National School in Abu Dhabi, Ramos said her job gives her the chance to teach others, and learn something new every day. As a school nurse, Ramos enjoys caring for children and has become an expert in picking out students who pretend to feel unwell in order to skip class.
“Toxic but fun,” is how 28-year-old Katrina P. from the Philippines described being a nurse.
Starting her nursing career seven years ago, Katrina is now working at Mediclinic in Abu Dhabi.
“Having a day dedicated to nurses is overwhelming for me because it reminds me and other nurses that we are appreciated in society,” said Katrina. Along with her colleagues, Katrina pointed out that the clinic celebrates International Nurses Day by holding a small gathering where the nurses are given a token of appreciation.
© Gulf NewsMay 2015