I am Je Marie Abarra and I’m an Infection Control Nurse at Sta. Rosa Hospital and Medical Center since September 2014.
As I graduated and became a Registered Nurse last 2011, I never planned to work in a hospital and pursue a well-defined career in nursing. However, I did not want to miss the opportunities that came and I ended up working as a staff nurse in a private 99-bed tertiary hospital. I enjoyed the job and after two years, I was offered to apply as an Infection Control Nurse. After a series of tests and interviews thankfully I passed and got the position.
In the months that followed after being appointed as the Infection Control Nurse of Sta. Rosa Hospital and Medical Center, I struggled hard as I face the common problems of ICNs in the Philippines – inadequate resources, lack of support from the administrative management, emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, lack of cooperation from seasoned nurses, poor hospital design and construction and many more. For these reasons, I decided to establish an online presence so I could connect with my fellow Infection Control Nurses in overcoming the common problems of ICNs in the Philippines. I also made this to educate my fellow healthcare workers about the different trends in infection control practices nowadays.