Pinay nightingale empowers fellow health care professionals in Middle East

Amabella S. Ong


Image Credit: Kabayan Weekly

From the war zone province of Basilan in Philippines to the desert in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the amazing destination of Dubai, this committed Pinay nurse makes sure that she performs her duties with much passion and zeal. 

No wonder, with her over 16 years in professional nursing practice, 8 years of which was spent in cardiology, Amabella S. Ong remains one of the sought-after health professional especially in developing strategies and innovations for adoption of authorities.

On top of her appointment as Nurse Manager of the Cardiology Department at the International Modern Hospital, Ong is also a certified AHA BLS/ ACLS provider and instructor and Life Support Training Coordinator.

She facilitated the establishment of the first Chest Pain Unit in Dubai in coordination with Dr Rajeev Lochan at the International Modern Hospital. She also established at International Modern Hospital Life Support Training as a training site – Basic Life Support under Dubai Health Authority as the training center

Ong, 37, is elf directed and able to work independently with very strong problem solving skills and high level of personal and professional accountability. She is a skilled communicator with excellent interpersonal communication skills and keen insight into the needs and views of others.

For the past years, she is credited for the success of some health policies now being implemented  in cross sectional boundaries in the emirates.

For instance at the American Hospital Dubai, she established and promoted  Cross Training Program for both the nursing and technical staff at the hospital’s Heart Center. She was also the Study coordinator for IPREFER Research study by Sanofi Aventis and a Study Coordinator for SUOM for LIFE – a study on the effects of Ramadan fasting on the lipid profile.

She spearheaded and coordinated the Code Blue Program at the Dubai Mall Medical Center, Emaar Healthcare Group/ Methodist International. She was instrumental in the initiation of Life Support Training Program and Code Blue Drills at the Dubai Mall Medical Center and satellite clinics, Emaar Healthcare Group.

In the Philippines, she worked as Staff Nurse at the Basilan Community Hospital from1997 to 1998. She then left for Saudi Arabia in 1998 and worked as Staff Nurse at the Ministry of Health until 2004.

She moved to Dubai in 2004 and joined the American Hospital Dubai where she worked as Staff Nurse at the Heart Center, BLS/ACLS Instructor at the AHA International Training Center until her promotion as Supervisor/ Acting Manager, Heart Centre in 2008. In 2009, she transferred to the  as Dubai Mall Medical Centre, Emaar Healthcare Group/ Methodist Int’l as Senior Nurse, Cardiology Services from 2009 to 2011.

Ong earned her degree in Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Western Mindanao State University.

She is presently connected with the Sheikh Khalifa General Hospital.

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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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