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The Science Spotlight- Teodora Duarte- Quilao

Teodora Duarte- Quilao (Cohort 10), May 2019 Graduate.

What is my purpose?

As a child, I dreamt of discovering what exist beyond the border.  I wanted to know how people’s lives differ from mine. I was born in a middle-class family where my parents had to work hard to finance their four children’s education. It was their primary concern. They said, “Finish your education. It will be your stepping stone to accomplish your dreams.”

 As a newly graduated nurse (Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines), I saw it was difficult for underprivileged people to obtain medical appointments with prominent physicians. I was surprised to get rapid referrals after talking to these doctors and about the situations of these patients. I think my advocacy started when I realized the power of standing with this population and voicing their needs.

 As a young nurse, I decided to migrate and seek professional opportunities in Switzerland, where I found the snow and a multifaceted culture. I attended a psycho-geriatric postgraduate course, where I fought for and obtained mandatory training for all nurses and assistants working with the elderly to comprehend the stages of aging and to be respectful of older adults who have Alzheimer’s disease.

Soon after my arrival in Switzerland, I got married and started a family. However, in the midst of this happiness, a great mourning captured me. My husband died when he was only 40 years old leaving me a 7-year-old daughter. I set aside my academic career to consecrate my life as a mother to my daughter.

Years passed and I decided to return to the University and obtained my master’s degree in Health Care and Management from Webster University, Geneva, Switzerland. Many of my colleagues did not understood my reasons to return to school, as I was “already old” with a distinguished professional career as a nurse leader at the Hospital of Prangins, CHU. More

Submitted on: MAY 21, 2019

Category: Nursing Science