In Conversation With: A Filipino Nurse in Saudi Arabia
<p>We asked one of our international Members, Riza de Castro, why she moved her nursing career from the Philippines to Saudi Arabia, how investment in nursing can ensure better global health, what top skills nurses need to deliver safe health care and the most challenging aspects of her job.</p> <h2>Hello Riza. Thanks for speaking with us. Please introduce yourself.</h2> <p>My name is Riza de Castro and I’m from the Philippines. In March 1990, I graduated from The Philippine Women’s University. I have been working in the Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as Emergency Nurse Coordinator, and recently I was promoted to Nursing Shift Coordinator.</p> <h2>Why did you move your nursing career from the Philippines to Saudi Arabia?</h2> <p>I decided to work in Saudi Arabia to explore my knowledge and skills, gain experience, and for financial reasons.</p> <h2>What do you love most about living in Saudi Arabia?</h2> <p>I considered Saudi Arabia as my second home. Here, I built a family with a Saudi and we have a son. But most of all, I am thankful that I’m working and living here for my professional growth and development, wherein I am receiving a higher salary compared to what I would make in the Philippines.</p> <h2>Do you think that more investment in nursing is needed for better global health?</h2> <p>Yes, because nurses are the backbone and heart of healthcare and we need to invest in nursing to build high-quality health systems that meet the needs of individuals and the community. There is a nursing shortage. We can supply this shortage if hospitals recruit new nurses, allow flexible schedules, promote career development and listen to nurses’ voices and concerns.</p> <h2>What are the top skills nurses need to deliver safe and effective health care?</h2> <p>Critical thinking, good communication and decision-making. These skills will help develop trust and confidence in the patient, thus providing efficient and good quality nurse-patient care.</p> <h2>What is your most memorable experience with a patient?</h2> <p>I’m the IV team in my department, which means I am the best in IV Cannulation, otherwise known as the staff&#8217;s last resource. I was called to insert an IV cannula into a VIP patient. Luckily, I did it well. Another time, I was called to insert an IV into an older female patient and once completed, I didn’t expect the patient to hug and kiss me to thank me!</p> <h2>What are the most challenging parts of your job?</h2> <p>Decision-making is challenging, especially in critical situations and when on a code to save people&#8217;s lives.</p> <h2>How do you prepare for your shifts?</h2> <p>Before going to my shift, I make sure that my body is in good condition and that my mind is fully focused. I do 4 or 5 12-hour shifts each week in the hospital.</p> <h2>In your spare time, what do you like to do for fun?</h2> <p>Healthy hangouts with friends, have dinner and sing karaoke.</p> <h2>Why did you become a nurse?&nbsp;</h2> <p>At first, I was influenced by my relatives, who are nurses, but once I started practicing nursing, I found it holistic and loved it. I will never change my career. My advice for anyone considering nursing is to have a heart and conscience in all you will do. Be passionate and patient enough with those who are sick.</p> <h2>Do you plan to move your nursing career to another country?</h2> <p>I’m planning to move to the UK. I&#8217;m a bit hesitant, but I want to try to work and live there.</p> <h2>Do you recommend</h2> <p>Yes, I recommend it for future use.</p> <p>Just like Riza, let us help you take your career overseas by signing up for a FREE Membership today!</p> <div class="is-layout-flex wp-block-buttons"> <div class="wp-block-button"><a class="wp-block-button__link has-text-color has-background" style="border-radius:48px;background-color:#00497a;color:#f5f5f5">Sign up now!</a></div> </div>