Spotlight on INDEN Members

Dr. Joel Faronbi

My name is Joel Faronbi, a recent graduate of the doctoral programme (PhD) in nursing from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigeria. I hold Bachelor and Master’s degrees in nursing from the same institution. I am licensed with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria as a Registered nurse (RN).

My research focus is on aging, elderly care, and caregiving. I hold an academic position as an Assistant Professor of Nursing with the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria where I am actively involved in teaching and research. I am a PhD fellow of the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in African (CARTA). This fellowship exposed me to travel to other African countries including Tanzania, South Africa and Kenya for workshop and conferences. This training, in addition to other things, facilitated the timely completion of my PhD programme. Prior to joining the university, I was formerly a Nurse Clinician at Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife is one of the three institutions that offer doctorate education in nursing in Nigeria. The others are;  the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, and the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. The University of Ibadan started University based Nursing education in Nigeria in 1965 but the Obafemi Awolowo University commenced baccalaureate programme in 1973  in 1986,   started the Master’s Degree in Nursing.  and in  2004, the PhD programme.

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Dr. Erik Hans L. Sorio

My name is Erik Hans L. Sorio from the Province of Pangasinan, Philippines. I am an Assistant Professor of nursing at the Center for Health Studies of Prince Sultan Military Medical City in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 2013. Before my current employment, I held positions as an Associate Professor for more than 8 years and clinical coordinator for 2 years at the College of Health Sciences of the University of Pangasinan. I also worked briefly as a part-time nurse at Luzon Medical Center and was a post-graduate nurse trainee at St. Luke’s Medical Center.

I earned my degrees in BSN with honors and EdD major in Higher Education from the University of Pangasinan in 2005 and 2011 respectively and my MSN degree major in Nursing Administration from Central Luzon Doctors’ Hospital-Educational Institution in 2007. Because of my intention to advance my doctoral education in nursing, I am currently pursuing PhD in Nursing Education major in Educational Leadership and Management at Holy Angel University and I expect to graduate in the year 2020. Also, I enrolled in online non-formal courses in Financial Management in Nursing Practice in 2015 and Research Utilization in Nursing Administration this year at the University of the Philippines Open University. Certainly, I am committed to lifelong learning to keep abreast of new knowledge and skills which I can share with the people around me. I am a life member of the Philippine Nurses Association where I functioned as an officer for 4 years in my chapter in Pangasinan to be of service to the nurses. Because of my dedication to my teaching job, I was awarded as Best Program Head and Best Teacher in the College of Health Sciences for two consecutive academic years by the University of Pangasinan. Likewise, I was recently recognized and awarded as an Outstanding Employee by Prince Sultan Military Medical City. I am a co-researcher of a study on the “knowledge, attitude and intention toward the nursing profession among pre-clinical students” in Riyadh which will soon be published internationally. I can say proudly that I now have a growing interest in research and I plan to conduct more studies to make a difference and contribute innovations in nursing education worldwide. I feel so honored to be a part of INDEN whose members aspire to serve, share insights and be an inspiration to all nurse educators in the world.

Pearl Ed G. Cuevas, PHD, RN

I am Pearl Ed G. Cuevas from Manila, Philippines. I graduated with the degree Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing at the University of the Philippines Manila on May 30, 2014. My research interest is in gerontology nursing and my dissertation paper is entitled “Nurse-Managed Adult Day Care Program for Filipino Older Persons”.

​Interesting Tidbit about myself/my program: The program Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of the Philippines Manila, aims to develop nurse scientists that have integrity, nationalism, caring, universality and excellence. At the start of the program, we studied on theory building and theory validation in nursing. We were tasked to build our own theory or nursing model/paradigm that would contribute knowledge to the discipline of nursing as a science. All our subjects have research components that actually add up to the theory or model that we are building. Usually, there are only 4-5 students in one class for the PhD program at our University. This is to ensure that each student is given attention and developed fully in the program.


Associate Professor II, Centro Escolar University Manila
School of Nursing & Graduate School
President, Philippine Nursing Research Society- CEU Cell
Secretary, Gerontology Nurses Association of the Philippines
Committee Member, Public Relations & Advocacy and House of Delegates
Philippine Nurses Association
Office # 7362211 or CEU Mainline local 219

Sajuntala Anuruang, PHD, RN

Sakuntala Anuruang, PhD, RN, is a lecturer at Faculty of Nursing, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok Thailand. She graduated PhD in Nursing from the Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care, University of Technology Sydney, Australia.

Since she graduated, she applied for a job as a lecturer at the Faculty of Nursing, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. The Faculty of Nursing, Chulalongkorn University is a national and international center of nursing knowledge, excellence in educating nurse leaders and researchers. The Faculty is committed to developing graduates in nursing through the excellence programs including the Master of Nursing Science Program and Doctor of Philosophy Program in Nursing Science.

Her focus area is self-management and empowerment adult and elderly with chronic condition in the community. Also, she is a member of Sigma’s Phi Omega at-Large Thailand Chapter.