45 Minutes with Joaquin Sapul: Chief Patient Services Officer and Director of Nursing

As the new Chief Patient Services Officer and Director of Nursing of The Medical City Iloilo, Joaquin Sapul , Jr. has an interesting story.

After his BSN graduation at Central Philippines University (2007),  he worked at the bedside and entered into middle management, where he worked in various clinical wards at such reputable medical institutions as St. Luke's Medical Center (Quezon City and Global City), Ospital ng Makati, Chong Hua Hospital, and Tagaytay Medical Center. In 2013, he graduated with a master's in nursing administration at Trinity University of Asia.

According to Joaquin, his "experience is quite diverse. Not the stereotypical one of a tenured nurse professional." Although not as peculiar as everyone else, he started from the very bottom and through efforts and perseverance, made it to where he is now. He has been engaged to clinical practice, academe, and now nursing and hospital administration.

Below, he shares his thoughts. 

What is your most enjoyable/satisfying part of your current job? 

However, this very fact Filipinos are living longer has increased the numbers of elderly patients suffering with chronic age-onset diseases, often with multiple co-morbidities. When your current job is a perfect realization of your dream, each step that you take becomes enjoyable or satisfying. I love what I do and TMC Iloilo supports this passion as I transform into a certified patient partner. Ninety percent of my supervisors, managers and heads are young and the synergy we create is beyond what books can provide us.

What trends do you see developing in the country's nursing service sector over the next 5 years?

Philippines has young and high potential leaders who can really propel nursing service in the years to come. "Millennial" can be found everywhere in the archipelago and they compose majority of the current healthcare industry. It is very enticing how transformational leadership has been lobbied in various countries. If these high potential nurses and nurse leaders are not given the right motivation that drives them, our country may be missing a powerhouse of leaders in the years to come. Since this is about transformational leadership, it is vital to cascade the importance of appropriate leadership strategies. I would like to quote a Filipino nursing pillar, Dr. Marilou Perlas Furio on this, that “leadership should start at the point-of-care”. This is not about position or title. This is about values to lead and to influence.