Nurse is restless in serving the Filipino community

Staff Nurse, Rashid Hospital Trauma Centre


Image Credit: Zrc Bautista/Kabayan Weekly

Zeehan Omar Pendaliday, 34, is a licensed registered nurse for 12 years now. 

She has been with the Rashid Hospital, a 500-bed capacity tertiary hospital under the Department of Health and Medical Services, for over six years now whose active involvement in various events of the hospital has been recognized.

As a Staff Nurse since April 2006, she takes care of polytrauma patients, surgical and pediatric. Specializing in Trauma Pediatrics patients, she is considered one of the brilliant, enthusiastic and caring nurses in the ward.

The trauma centre, the largest specialty centre in the region, deals with some of the heaviest volume of major trauma in the world with on average 3 to 5 cases of severe polytrauma presenting each day. “We now receive about 400 patients every day, most of them injured in traffic accidents. The number is lower than last year because there is less traffic on the roads. But road crashes remain one of the top killers in the UAE after heart disease.” It has a large ICU (intensive care unit) and the staff is kept busy every day as patients suffering from coronary problems are wheeled in.

While most of the nurses are confined in the comforts of their assignments, Zeehan was assigned to handle trauma cases of patients with history of fall, road traffic accidents sustaining head trauma, fractured spine, lumbar, cervical, ribs, femur tibia/fibula, humerus, lung contusion and abdominal trauma.

She was also picked to assist medical practitioners in general, plastic and vascular surgeries. She was also assigned to orthopaedic, obstetric gynecology, medical and neurosurgical departments. Her experiences have afforded her the opportunity to handle special equipments such as cardiac monitor, autoclave machine, feeding pumps and infusion pumps, among many others.

Zeehan, who holds a license as a Registered Nurse from Dubai Health Authority, has been recognized for delivering and ensuring patient care and safety. It has always been her mission to utilize nursing process and evidence-based practice, maintain high standard of nursing care and work hand in hand with the multidisciplinary team and provide  proper  home instructions for all patients discharge ensuring continuity of care.

She had gained competencies in Basic Life Support and PEARS. As a reward for her services, she was sent by the management to international conferences such as the 5th Middle East Paediatrics Conference and the Dubai International Critical Care Conference.

At a young age of 22, she first worked abroad in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She was a Staff Nurse at the General Care Dispensary, a 50-bed capacity secondary hospital in Dammam from 2000 to 2003. There, she served the prenatal, ante natal and post natal patients. In July 2003, she moved to the Armed Forces Hospital in King Abdul Aziz Airbase in Dhahran. She worked as Staff Nurse in this 359-bed capacity tertiary level hospital under the KSA Ministry of Defence and Aviation mostly dealing with obstetrics gynaecology surgery and antenatal patients. She finished her two-year contract in July 2005.

She earned her BS in Nursing in 1999 from Notre Dame University in Cotabato City. On the same year, she passed the Nursing Licensure Examination given by the Professional Regulation Commission.

She’s restless when it comes to serving the Filipino Community here in Dubai as Communications Director of the Sangguniang Masang Pilipino International.

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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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