IUBAT College of Nursing alumnus, ARIFUL HAQUE (Tutul) writes, “I enrolled at IUBAT in 2008, January. At the beginning, it was not easy for me to learn new subjects, absorb a new environment and always speak English on the campus. I had never done anything like this before. Each semester was very challenging but I followed the advice I received - study regularly, work hard but maintain a balanced life, never plagiarize, be adaptable and patient.
“After completing my BSN, I joined the midwifery program at BRAC University as a course coordinator and faculty member. This was my first job so I felt very proud because I had never imagined such an opportunity and it really helped me to move forward. After two years, I re-joined IUBAT as a lecturer and clinical supervisor for Anatomy, Basic Nursing and Medical Surgical Nursing.
“In 2016, I joined the government sector as a senior nurse, spending almost six years at the country’s leading institute, Dhaka Medical College and Hospital. I worked in the emergency ward, operating theaters, surgical wards and administration. Looking after very sick patients, I realized that my IUBAT experience had taught me to provide a high standard of care to every patient, to protect my patients’ privacy and to be kind and helpful to all. These values helped me to develop a good reputation in my work place.
“In addition to my clinical work, I wanted some research activity. So far, colleagues and I have published three research-based articles on self-administration of antibiotics without prescription and use of telehealth services by Bangladeshis.
“After overcoming several hurdles, I came to Kuwait in 2023 to join Jaber Al-Ahmed hospital as an RN. With no previous life outside Bangladesh, it was once again challenging to work with people from different backgrounds, language and culture. Now, however, I feel that I have settled in quite quickly because of my previous experience at IUBAT.
“In the future, I hope to qualify as an RN in Europe, UK or USA or to achieve my MSN and PhD from a developed country. Ten years from now, I would like to be working as a clinical specialist in emergency and surgical nursing, continuing my research work and ultimately, perhaps, working as a nurse manager or a professor in a nursing college.”