Sarmad Soomar’s passion for being a nurse is evident from the first moment you speak to him. Finding inspiration in his mother’s service as a community midwife, Soomar knew that he wanted to work in the healthcare field. Soomar received his BSN from Aga Khan University, School of Nursing and Midwifery, where he received special training in human sexuality, early childhood development and mental health.
Soomar’s Sigma involvement is instrumental in developing a sense of who he is as nurse. Male nurses still struggle to find role models in Pakistan, but with Sigma’s help, he was able to find mentorship and a sense of belonging in his chosen profession. He now sees himself as a role model to other young male nurses, a rare distinction in his region. Soomar has been enriched by the evidence-based research that he can use in both community and clinical settings. Soomar was also uplifted by his induction into Sigma, and considers it an honor to be a part of our organization. He desires to help empower future male nurses the same way that he was empowered through Sigma.
For Soomar, giving back to his community does not end with his role as a nurse. Soomar is a trained laughter yoga trainer. He has conducted yoga sessions across Pakistan for people of all ages and walks of life. Soomar is also part of his university’s innovation club and the editor of a blog about medical innovation. Soomar hopes to continue to be a lifelong learner with Sigma’s help. One day he would like to conduct play therapy research, promote health in early years, as well as human sexuality and rights. Without Sigma, Soomar would not have been exposed to the innovation that has so inspired him.