DAMMAM, Saudi Arabia - Dorina Santos, a Filipino staff nurse who has been working at the Dar As Sihha Medical Center (DASMC) in Dammam for six years now, was awarded Nurse of the Year during the hospital’s celebration of the International Nurses Day 2013 recently.
A teary-eyed Santos received her glass trophy and a cheque of 5,000 Riyals (P 54,000) from Dr. Siddeek Ahmed, Managing Director of DASMC.
Santos, a native of Baguio City, did not expect to win the much-coveted award.
"Na-shock ako kasi hindi ko siya ini-expect na ako yung bibigyan nila ng award dahil simpleng nurse lang naman po ako. Karaniwang nurse na ginagawa lang po ang hinihingi sa akin sa araw-araw na aking trabaho," Santos said.
In her speech, Santos thanked the management for the award and the opportunity to work with them. She also thanked her family for the support.
"Dini-dedicate ko po lahat ang pagkapanalo ko ditto, lahat ng sakripisyo sa dalawa ko pong pinakamamahal na anak, sa aking pamilya, sa aking nanay, sa aking mga kapatid na laging sumusuporta sa akin," Santos said.
She also shared her award to her colleagues and the doctors she works with in the hospital.
Dr. Ahmed commended Santos for her exemplary service and all the Filipino nurses for their zeal at work.
"Congratulations to Dorina Santos. She, and other Filipino nurses, are best workers, dedicated, and I believe they are the future of the world. They are humble and sincere on their job," Dr. Ahmed said.
Santos’ fellow Filipino nurses were happy and proud of her achievement.
"Congrats kay Ms. Dorina Santos bilang Nurse of the year. She deserves the award dahil talagang siya naman ay matulungin, sa lahat ng trabaho maaasahan siya sa lahat ng mga oras," said Rebecca Fernando, head nurse of the hospital. Fernando, who hails from Tarlac, was also given the Distinguished Award for her exemplary service as head nurse for over 15 years.