Day 1 :
King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia
Time : 10:15-11:15
Director, Internship Training program for Medical Graduates of University of Dammam [Planned and implemented the program]
Director, residency Training Program in Surgery [Coordinated Postgraduate residency training Program in Surgery in the University, and in Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia]
Responsible for regular revision and implementation of Medical Curriculum
Contributed to the establishment of Al-Hasa College of Medicine, College of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Nursing, and College of Pharmacy in eastern province of Saudi Arabia
It is said that ‘Doctor orders, nurse treats, God heals’. A nurse is vitally placed between the patient and the treating medical team. Nurse’s role is critical since they are the ones who spent maximum time with the patients and their relations in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes. Significant information gets transmitted between them which can seriously affect the outcome of the efforts of treating medical team. Moreover, Nurses are the ones who enjoy the Trust of both the sides, the patients and the health managers. The importance of ‘Communication skills’ as an important component of nursing education cannot be underestimated.
There was a time when a nurse was simply a ‘Nurse’, who could take care of any patient in need. Those days are gone. Recently, we have been dividing nursing care according to special needs of patients, and the special tasks they are required to perform. However basic attributes of nursing profession have not changed over the centuries; they still remain the same. It is their responsibility to soothe the patients, keep their hope and faith alive, by their actions and communications, even under the worst circumstances. They provide service and care, become friend and a family member and become the only person patients can communicate anytime for anything.
A nurse no longer takes just orders or works in isolation. She is now a member of the patient care team, with equal responsibilities like everyone else, as this diagram very well represents.