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Senior Staff Nurse, Pediatric Surgical Ward


Image Credit: Zarc Bautista/Kabayan Weekly

 In 2006, a Filipina nurse gave pride to her home country when she was officially recognized by the Government of Dubai. 

Julieta Topino Solas received the Best Employee Excellence Award in May 14, 2007 from no less than Sheikh Mohammad Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice President of UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

She first came to UAE in 1984 and was lucky to have been admitted by the Department of Health and Medical Services as an employee.

She was Staff Nurse at the neuro, urology, male surgical ward of Rashid Hospital. In 1985, she was assigned at the Medical Female and Neuro-Pediatric Ward and a year after, for about six months, she was at the Intensive Care Unit Infectious Disease Unit.

In 1987, she joined the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). She was assigned as Staff Nurse at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit from 1987 to 1996. He was promoted to Charge Nurse in 1996 and worked until 2003. She was eventually named Unit-in-Charge in 2003 until 2008. From 2003 to 2006, she was Alternate Area Supervisor of the Pediatric, OB-GYne ICU and SCBU. In 2008, she was named as Bereavement Coordinator and finally in 201, she was promoted as Senior Staff Nurse and Unit-in-Charge of the Pediatric Surgical Ward.

Prior to her successful stint abroad, she was Head Nurse of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Ward of Iloilo Mission Hospital (IMS). She was, in fact, awarded as Best Head Nurse in 1983. She started her sterling career as a Public Health Nurse or a Primary Health Care Nurse in 1978 at the Jordan Primary Health Center in Guimaras Island. She joined IMS as Staff Nurse was assigned at the Male Medical-Surgical Ward from 1979 to 1981 and at the Obstetrics and Gynecology Ward from 1979 to 1981.

She earned her degree in Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Central Philippine University in Iloilo City in 1978.

She is deeply involved in volunteer work in the community as a member whenever medical team is needed and she’s not on duty.

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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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