Sami Abdel Raouf (Dubai)
Dr. Sumaya Al Balushi, Director of Nursing Department at the Emirates Corporation for Health Services and Chairman of the Supreme National Committee for Nursing and Midwifery, announced that the nursing profession represents 45% of the total health cadre in the country, noting that females constitute the vast majority, and the Emirati nurse represents 89%. Of the total citizen nursing cadre.
In statements to the “Union”, she confirmed that Emirati women played an important role in the nursing profession at various leadership, administrative, supervisory and clinical levels even before the establishment of the union, and they have proven their worth in defying all obstacles.
She said: “The Emirati nurse has effectively contributed to the planning and management of the health care system, by assuming leadership positions and developing strategic and operational plans that contribute to achieving strategic visions and leadership as part of the health system as a whole.”
She indicated that the Emirati nurse chaired and participated in activities, workshops and brainstorming sessions towards developing the National Nursing and Midwifery Strategy – Roadmap for 2025, in cooperation with all local partners and international experts from the World Health Organization and the International Patient Council.
She stated that the role of the Emirati nurse in contributing to the development and evaluation of academic nursing programs in the country is no secret, in addition to her role in reflecting the voice of nursing and providing specialized advice on the nursing profession in all local, regional and international forums.
On the role of Emirati women in providing health care, she replied: “The Emirati nurse contributes substantially to all aspects of health care for patients and their families by providing comprehensive nursing care for all physical, psychological and moral aspects in a proactive manner that responds to developments in the health status of the individual and his needs.”
Al Balushi touched on the role of the Emirati nurse in schools and what it includes in providing health and preventive care to students, in addition to her role in providing community care and health education for all segments of society in a way that supports their well-being, enhances the level of public health and adopts healthy lifestyles.
She said, “The role of the Emirati nurse is still present in terms of how to deal with the pandemic as a member of the White Army and the first line of defense, whether at the administrative or supervisory level or clinical practice within hospitals, isolation centers and vaccination centers, in addition to field visits and virtual clinics – remotely.” She added: “The Emirati nurse has also succeeded in engaging in Nursing Informatics, which contributes to promoting digital transformation, data availability, and technology adoption in the field of nursing care, thus strengthening health care systems.” She stressed that the Emirati nurse has proven her presence in the field of clinical guidance for nursing cadres, supporting professional development, building the competencies of nursing cadres, and strengthening partnership with academic authorities to provide a fertile educational environment for nursing students that ensures the graduation of a qualified generation of nursing cadres to support the health care process at the highest levels and standards. She noted the participation of the Emirati nurse in scientific research and presenting research papers in international conferences and forums, including the 2021 International Nursing Council Conference, held in partnership with the Emirates Nursing Association.
She said: “The Emirati nurse was keen to develop nursing care services through education and to keep pace with best practices through academic study and attainment to the highest scientific ranks, such as master’s degrees and specialization in nursing, in addition to obtaining a doctorate in nursing.” She added: “The nurse is the link between the patient and health services, and her role constitutes a fundamental pillar in providing comprehensive, proactive and specialized health care.”
The Director of the Nursing Department spoke about the role of the state in providing all the ingredients for the success of the nursing profession and its cadres, in terms of providing nursing institutes previously, and then the university and the development in education from diploma to the adoption of a bachelor’s degree as an academic entrance to the practice of the nursing profession, in addition to higher degrees such as masters and doctorates, both Inside or outside the country, through scholarships.
She stated that Emirati women have entered this field and worked in it, until they reached advanced stages in the educational levels that made them be in the first ranks within the lines of the White Army, who provide service directly to patients and those who contribute to the development of strategic plans, such as heads of nursing bodies, directors of departments or academics. and researchers in the field of nursing.
She said: “The Emirati nurse has represented the country in international forums in an honorable way, by presenting research papers that have a significant impact on developing nursing services and ensuring their quality.”
She stressed that under the wise leadership, strategic directions and effective partnership between various authorities, Emirati women have a prosperous future in the health sector and unlimited prospects for specializations and career progression, noting that the demand for work in the health sector will increase, due to the rapid development in the profession. Nursing and the advantages available in the health sector.
Regarding strategic plans to enhance the role of Emirati women in the nursing sector, she replied: “The UAE offers a number of initiatives that support Emirati women in the health sector, including, but not limited to, the National Nursing and Midwifery Strategy, which represents the roadmap for 2025.”