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Mafraq Hospital introduces 2010 nursing education program

United Arab Emirates: Sunday, May 23 - 2010 @ 14:06

John Nickens, CEO at Mafraq Hospital said, “We recognise the value of education and development in ensuring Mafraq Hospital provides world class health care services to our community. With this in mind we have introduced a Mandatory Training Program for the entire hospital staff, a Preceptorship Program, a Leadership Program and the Nurses Education Program that identifies and develops future charge nurses from the hospital’s current staff.”

Mafraq Hospital is a Seha HealthSystem facility and is managed by Bumrungrad International, one of the most noted hospital management companies in Asia. Mafraq Hospital is owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha) which is responsible for all curative activities of the public hospitals and clinics of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Mafraq Hospital has offered in-service education for 18 years and in the last 3 years the hospital has recruited additional clinical educators enabling the education department to gradually introduce new programs with a more interactive nature. Mafraq Hospital launched the new nursing education program in 2010 with the aim of developing an empowered and knowledgeable workforce that will influence the retention of current staff and attract new nurses to join the team.

Emilio Galea, Head of Education at Mafraq Hospital, said, “We are extremely pleased that our nurses have responded positively to the new program which they find more relevant to clinical practice and ultimately more interesting and enjoyable. As an evolving organization, changing the way education is delivered, and received, is vital in keeping our team ahead in a rapidly changing environment and with a public who expects knowledgeable and skilled practitioners delivering care in a safe environment.”

To complement the new nursing education program, Mafraq Hospital also boasts a fully functioning skills lab modernized with new equipment such as state of the art mannequins for special training needs, the installation of interactive screens for teaching, and access to online libraries. In addition, the hospital has introduced a new approach to validating competency of the nurses by introducing peer and bedside evaluation that enables peers to assess each other in practice in a non-threatening and supportive environment. The aim of this evaluation process is to increase the standard of care provided while recognizing outstanding individuals who can act as role models within the organization.

Gail Smith, Chief Nursing Officer at Mafraq Hospital, added, “Mafraq Hospital believes that education is essential in achieving a safe, competent and professional workforce and maintaining internationally accepted standards of care.”

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