Dubai: The UAE Nursing and Midwifery Council held its second meeting this year under the chairmanship of Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, Acting Minister of Health, on behalf of Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, UAE Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.
The meeting was by representatives from health authorities and organisations in the UAE.
At the beginning of the meeting, Al Owais lauded the efforts of Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, President of UAE Nursing and Midwifery Council to raise the profession of nursing and midwifery, noting that the presidency of Her Royal Highness to the Council is an honor to the members of the profession and appreciation to this noble and humanitarian job.
He said: “The patronage of Her Royal Highness to the council encourages the members to make greater efforts in implementing the plans and initiatives of the council to raise the standards of the profession and improve their skills if its employees”.
Dr. Fatima Al Rifae, Director of the Nursing Central Administration at the Ministry of Health, member and rapporteur of the UAE Nursing and Midwifery Council, emphasised that the council seeks raising of the standards of the profession by providing the adequate support to the national resources in this field.
The council discussed in the meeting, the agenda during the last period and developments related to the council’s projects and initiatives, in addition to the policy of adopting and dissemination of official documents issued by the council and its activities.
The meeting also discussed the emiratisation plan of the nursing human resources, the document of professional conduct, specialised nursing model and the scope of specialised nurses’ professional practice. The meeting also highlighted the user’s guide to the declaration of nursing and midwifery professional practice, registration and licensing standards, strategies and standards of nursing education and the draft of the research center project.
It is noted that the council formed a team of two representatives from academic institutes and related federal health authorities to develop an integrated proposal about the operational plan of the center’s establishment.
The council also discussed ways of encouraging UAE nationals to enroll in both nursing and midwifery profession through learning about the right selection of colleges and recognising the value and importance of serving the nation in this humanitarian profession.
The meeting stressed the importance of nursing education, ways of improving the academic curriculum in the specialised nursing institutes according to international modern nursing trends.
The council also discussed the required procedures to standardise the registration and licensing of nurses and ensure their transparency, clarity, justice and equality in order to achieve the requested nursing and midwifery standards in the UAE.
The UAE Nursing and Midwifery Council aims for achieving exquisite and efficient nursing and midwifery services in the UAE and ensuring the acceptance of the audience to nursing secured services and activating the leading role of nurses at the same time.
The meeting was attended by members of the council and representatives from a number of healthcare authorities in the UAE such as the Ministries of Health, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Education and Interior, Nursing Colleges, Abu Dhabi and Dubai Health Authorities, Military Health Services, Dubai Healthcare City, Nursing and UAE Medical Associations and private healthcare authorities.