Filipina is outstanding Bariatric Nurse in Middle East

Brigette Mazo Tagure, Bariatric Nurse, Rashid Center for Diabetes and Research


Image Credit: Zarc Bautista/Kabayan Weekly

For an excellent work done, what could be the best reward? For organizations, it would only be a scrap of certificate. But for a Ministry of Health facility, it is unlikely an official business abroad. This was how a Filipina nurse was officially recognized for two years in a row – in 2011 and 2012. 

Brigette Mazo Tagure, a licensed physiotherapist and registered nurse, was sent by the Global Health Partner and Rashid Center for Diabetes and Research, to Lund and Gothenburg in Sweden to undergo special education and training in the bariatric surgery field in recognition of her excellent performance.

It was not only a reward but a system of promotion for after she completed her training overseas, Brigette was entrusted with more responsibilities at the Ministry of Health facility in Ajman in addition to her regular function as a  Staff Nurse,  a post she holds since 2010. Thus, she has to wear another feather on her cap, as a Bariatric Nurse, one of the few Filipinos to have been named so.

Elizabeth Malm, RCDR Chief Nursing Officer, is impressed by the background of Brigette’s excellent nursing contribution to the Filipino community here in the United Arab Emirates. “Bridgette started at RCDR as a staff nurse in June 2010. She showed her excellent nursing skills and very soon achieved to become specialized as a bariatric nurse. That means she is responsible for the patient coming for a bariatric surgery.”

“In her work, she is fully responsible for the bariatric patients who are extremely obese with lot of complications and will have a short lifetime if they don’t get professional help. In her daily work she takes medical history, recording nursing assessment data and schedule appointments. She acts as the point liaison between the patient, dietician, surgeon, and the operating team, oversees the pre/ post surgical weight loss program and provides clinical care and education to the pre/d post care.  Maintaining positive relationship with other clinical specialties, she also helps out when ever needed in the diabetic and physiotherapy clinic.

Malm said she’s very happy and it is satisfying to be able to give Brigette her highest recommendation. “She is a very ambitious, efficient and caretaking nurse. She always makes an excellent work. She is most appreciated among colleges and patients.”

She takes time out of her busy career. She volunteered her time for the successful celebrations of World Diabetes Day and World Heart Day. She is involved in lectures and campaigns on youth health and diabetes awareness even joining the Diabetes on Tour project of the Sharjah Cooperative Society. She also joined the Women’s Association in Ajman in spreading awareness about diabetes.

After passing the licensure examination given by the UAE MOE in 2006, she was admitted as a Geriatric Nurse at the Social Services Department of the Government of Sharjah. From 2006 to 2010, she was an advocate for the older adult to improve their health status. She also passed the IELTS with an overall band score of 7.5 in 2008.

In the Philippines, she was Physiotherapy Instructor at the Baguio Central University, Nursing Clinical Instructor at the Saint Mary’s University and Physical Therapy Clinical Instructor at the Santo Niño Jesus Medical Center. Before moving to UAE, she was Physical Therapy Clinician at the Immaculate Concepcion Hospital in Ifugao from 2001 to 2003.

Brigette is a graduate of BS Therapy and BS Nursing both from the Baguio Central University. She holds memberships in Philippine Physiotherapy Association (PPTA) and Philippine Nurses Association (PNA).

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IMG_3984THE BLOGGER. Ulysses Espartero is a journalist, historian and book author 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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