“There is nothing more fulfilling than to be in a position to work for the health and wellbeing of the communities you live in," says alumna Sobia Idrees, MScN '15, who was recently lauded by the Government of Pakistan's National Command and Operations Centre for her services and contribution towards the “100 days of Nation's Resolve" against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sobia works as a head nurse at the emergency unit of a public hospital in Islamabad, a 200-bed facility that was converted into an isolation centre in March after the pandemic hit the country. She leads a team of over 50 employees, including nursing and non-nursing staff, dealing with suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19.
She is also a global associate under the Nursing Now's Nightingale Challenge [link], which aims to develop the next generation of young nurses and midwives as leaders, practitioners and advocates in healthcare.
Over the last few years, Sobia has actively been involved in various local and global initiatives that promote the role of nurses in health policymaking and has been working to uplift the status of the profession. In 2019, at the launch of the Pakistan chapter of Nursing Now, Sobia was selected as the Voice of Pakistan Nurses and Midwives.
“It was one of the proudest moments I have had in my nursing career that paved the way for many more opportunities to come. It has given me a chance to represent thousands of nurses and midwives working in the country, talk about the challenges they face and help address them by joining hands with the right people," she recalls.