Proud Cordilleran serves the Filipinos outside of her comfort zone


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Filipina Nightingale Rufina Edduba Buyagan has been an Emergency Pediatric Nurse at the Latifa Hospital, formerly Al Wasl Hospital since 1991 for 27 straight long years. 

The 52-year-old good Samaritan is known for her extraordinary leadership and performance.  She is one of the advisers of Kalinga Province Organization – UAE Chapter. Her commitment in caring for patients and their significant others has been a great asset to this hospital as well as the Filipino and the local community.

In the Philippines, she first worked as a Staff Nurse at the Medical Surgical of the Provincial Hospital from 1986 to 1990. In September of 1990, she moved to Dubai and worked in the OB-GYNE Ward of Latifa Hospital. From then on, she was assigned in various areas of the hospital. In 1997, she was named Staff Nurse 1 by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).

Brigette Tagure, who took over the presidency of the Cordillerans group has many good things to say about Rufina. “Ate Fina, as she is well-known, is very much loved throughout the hospital for her compassion and energy. She is always considerate and exhibits remarkable benevolence to many. She gains respect from her patients and appreciation from her peers because of her unselfish character.”

“Professionally, she adapts her plan of care to meet her patients’ needs respecting their age and culture. She is perceived to be efficient and thorough in her work even with respect to time. Her excellent ethical standards and prodigious experience, all these in combination encompasses an impressive precedent to other employees in the unit and to the facility as a whole.”

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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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