The Global Filipino Magazine Issue 20 Fulfilled nurse finds home in UAE

Fulfilled nurse finds home in UAE


Nicolette Anne Ubas, 30, has been working as a homecare nurse for four and a half years in Abu Dhabi, UAE. A registered nurse, she is considered a hero as she serves as a medical frontline. 

Back in the Philippines, Nicollete assumed various roles in nursing and became a school nurse, staff nurse, training supervisor, and assistant director of nursing. She also had her Master’s Degree in Nursing (MAN) and presented her studies at international conferences. 

“I work closely with people developing programs and activities that can improve the nursing situation in the company I work at. I was also actively involved in a charismatic organization in our church that helped in my spiritual growth,” she said. 

Giving up a growing career in the Philippines

Despite having a successful career in the Philippines, Nicollete still decided to work abroad to grow and learn life lessons, achieve independence, and make wise decisions. 

The moment also allowed her to learn a lot of technological advancements and health protocols that made her prouder to be a nurse. Aside from practicing her profession, she was also given a chance to be a part-time instructor in the Filipino Institute. 

“This opportunity gave me a platform to also share to others the learnings that I have acquired for the past ten years in the nursing profession,” she said.

Currently, she serves as a homecare nurse and is in charge of the total care from feeding, elimination, hygiene, monitoring, medications, and activities of daily living of her patients in the comfort of their homes. 

Sense of Fulfillment

She believes that UAE is one of the best countries where Filipinos can work. The government has been very caring and generous to all expats. She even named her daughter Abbi after the emirates of Abu Dhabi. 

“Like any other first-time OFWs, my first year was unfortunate, having no family members here. Also, the adjustment to a new culture and getting used to living alone added to the struggle. But God will send people to help you cope. I am grateful for the friends that I met along who somehow alleviated the sadness and being naïve,” she uttered. 

She also advises her fellow kababayans on educating themselves and being aware of financial management. 

Nicollett said that working in the UAE can help overseas Filipino workers provide food at their families’ tables back in the Philippines. Still, it is also essential to reflect on a long-term goal because it can make happiness and fulfillment at the end of the day.

Lastly, “Don’t let your day go by just making it through the day. Remember, who you will be in the next five years is a product of the decision you make today. Make count today by doing something worthwhile,” she ended. 

This story has been featured in the 20th issue of The Global Filipino Magazine. To get a copy, you may contact Mr. Orli Gayeta at +971503196856. If you have an inspiring story or know someone with one, please send an email to us at

Ryan Namia
Ryan Namia spends most of his days reading over drafts of new written content and determining which ones make the final cut for online and print publication. He received his Bachelor's degree in Journalism in 2015 and has been writing since 2016. Got a story to tell? Email him at Or follow his IG @rtnamia.

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