Filipina is longest serving nurse in Al Zahra Hospital

Myrna F. Avillanoza, Nursing Supervisor, Al Zahra Hospital (Pvt.)Sharjah


photo by Zarc Bautista

After being told that someone collapsed at the St. Michael’s Church in Sharjah, Myrna Fernandez Avillanoza, left her fellow choir members and ran to the rescue. 

Myrna, 69, laughed at the thought of this incident. In fact, similar cases happened in the past in all her three decades as a nursing professional. Yet, she is serious and says, it is her sacred duty to save lives.

She holds the distinction as one of the pioneering nurses in the United Arab Emirates and for 35 long years, has dedicated her life in the service of the Emiratis and expatriates in this desert of gold. Needless to say, she is the longest serving Pinay nurse in Al Zaara Hospital. She has served for a total of 31 years.


with family

Today, the Filipino Community in UAE considers her as one of the Filipino Achievers and Trailblazers in the Emirates because of her noteworthy achievements.


IMG_3984THE BLOGGER. Ulysses Espartero is a journalist, speechwriter and publicist who traces his roots from two Philippine jewels – Laguna and Antique.  While in Dubai, he enjoyed his expat life documenting the struggles and victories of migrant workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council states. In 2014, he released Precious Gems in a Desert of Gold, the first and only coffee table book about Filipino achievers in the United Arab Emirates. Connect with him on facebook.


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