Thu 17-05-2018 14:45 PM
Abu Dhabi, 17th May 2018 -- The Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHAP, organised the first Emirati Nursing Conference at the MoHAP Training and Development Centre in Sharjah, themed "Future Outlook for Nursing in the Age of Technological Development."
The meeting was attended by Dr. Yousif Mohammed Al Serkal, Assistant Under-Secretary for the Hospital Sector; Dr. Sumaya Mohammed Abbas, Director of the Nursing Department; Mubaraka Mubarak Ali Ibrahim, Director for Health Information Systems; Saqr Al Hemeiri, Director of MoHAP's Training and Development Centre, and prominent speakers from the UAE, Canada, South Africa and Lebanon.
Dr. Al Serkal emphasised the importance of incorporating the latest technologies in various aspects of healthcare, especially in the nursing sector. The integration of technology in healthcare services helps nursing staff keep up with the latest developments in nursing technology and modern practices. In addition, this prepares nursing personnel to deal with emerging technologies such as robots entering the field of healthcare services and determines their success in providing the results in record time with minimal errors. He also highlighted the significance of artificial intelligence and advanced technology and their importance in improving medical and operational efficiency.
He further pointed out that the Ministry considers automation of the nursing sector as one of the vital fields in nursing care at the global level and aims to train and guide nursing staff in the country to use medical information technology to improve the level of healthcare provided to patients. This is in line with the Ministry’s strategy to provide comprehensive, innovative and sustainable health services following global standards and meet the happiness of the community.
"We have one of the most important initiatives in this field regionally the ‘National Initiative to Enhance the Attractiveness of Nursing,’ which aims to attract local human resources to contribute to the community's health needs, thereby providing healthcare that complements the environment and culture of the country and enhancing the efforts to implement Emiratisation in this profession," he added.
Dr. Abbas noted that the conference discussed many important topics such as the challenges faced by nursing professionals, education and research in the field and the impact of new technologies in the health sector.
"We look forward to inviting nursing staff and leaders in the UAE to discuss and find solutions to the main issues related to the impact of technological development on nursing and healthcare in general. We have plans and programmes to further develop the National Initiative to enhance the attractiveness of the nursing profession and to understand the role of technology in changing the concepts of nursing care and the best ways to implement them," she added.
Al Hemeiri said, "As a Training and Development Centre, we are very proud to participate in the first Emirati Nursing Conference in cooperation with the Nursing Department at MoHAP, which reflects the Ministry’s commitment and keenness to develop the capabilities of nursing staff."
The list of speakers included Dr. Manal Kleib, Assistance Professor at the University of Alberta in Canada; Dr. Rana Abdul Malik, Chief Executive Officer of the Nursing Centre at Clemenceau Medical Centre in Lebanon; Dr. Adigomo Inka from the Faculty of Nursing at New York University, and Dr. Ian Holt, Member of Fatima College of Health Sciences in Abu Dhabi.