Filipina champions patients’ hearts


As a registered nurse since 1992, Wilma Schuck Abubakar has been in the profession for about 22 years now. She has worked in two Middle East countries – Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. 

“I live in a world where people serve and render care to those who need it to help them function the best way they can as humans and as members of society.”

“The best description of the milieu where I exist is that it is challenging yet self-fulfilling and humbling since more often than not I touch the hearts of people and become a part of their lives, considering the fact that I hardly know this people yet I sincerely and wholeheartedly care for them.”

It’s all about the selflessness of the profession. “Imagine yourself dedicating your time in taking care of an individual who is not even related to you by blood yet you are offering genuine care and concern for that person. When it comes to what I do as a leader in the clinical setting, I like training and supporting nurses who have the potential to lead as well.”

She has helped many nurses to get the best out of them and to avail of the promotion to a higher position which they truly deserve.  “I am very happy of their achievements.”

From 1993 to 1997, she worked as a Staff Nurse at Hanakiyah General Hospital in Madina Munawara in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where she had the chance to be exposed in different areas and later became head of the dialysis unit. After her stint abroad, she went home. From 2000 to 2002, she had the chance to work as a Public School Nurse at the Zamboanga City High School in Zamboanga City.

In August of 2002, she went overseas again and this time to the UAE. She worked in New Fujairah Hospital Coronary Care Unit as a Staff Nurse then not long,  she started acting as Shift-in-Charge until she was promoted  as Charge Nurse, the last post she held until 2010.

From June 2010 to January 2013, she was with the ProVita International Medical Center in Abu Dhabi. She held various posts – Charge Nurse, Acting Nurse Supervisor and Nurse Supervisor.

In 2013, she served as a Clinical Coordinator at the Longterm Healthcare Medical and Rehabilitation Hospital. She was the Head of the Nursing Department of this 76 bedded state of the art home setting facility in which the primary focus is promoting a quality of life to its patients. She was involved in the setting up of two long-term healthcare projects in Abu Dhabi and in Al-Ain which are successfully run  now.


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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