Dr. Adel Harb : Keynote Speech

Current Challenges in Nursing Education in Saudi Arabia


Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is facing many health related challenges. It was on 1954 when Ministry of Health (MOH) has established Nursing as a profession. Since the last 64 years, nursing has faced many obstacles, difficulties and challenges and there was a direct impact on the growth and development in Nursing Education. Unfortunately, these challenges facing Nursing Education in Saudi Arabia are increasingly complex and dynamic. The main purpose of this paper is to highlight and discuss those challenges through Structure – Process- Outcome model. Moreover, this paper will address some potential strategies that could overcome these challenges and move Nursing Education and Nursing Profession forward and meet the Saudi Arabian vision 2030

Author : Dr. Adel Harb

Graduated from Faculty of Nursing, University of Jordan 1993. Had worked as Cardiac Registered Nurse in Jordan. Completed Master Degree in Education from University of Jordan on 1998. Completed another Master Degree in Critical Care from Ohio State University on 1999. Worked at Ministry of National Guards for Health Affairs (NGHA-Riyadh) on 2003 as Clinical Resource Nurse in Nursing Education till 2010. Then worked in NGHA (Madinah) as Supervisor for Safety and Quality till 2014. On 2014-2017 worked as Director of Nursing Education at Security Forces Hospital- Riyadh. On Jan 2018 has joined Nursing Education at King Fahad Specialist Hospital as Nursing Educator Manager Obtained Phd in Healthcare Administration on 2010 and worked as visiting Professor Assistant. Supervising all Saudi Nursing Students - Interns and graduates. Publications : one book "Cardiology for Registered Nurses" , 15 Abstracts and Papers. 3 Researches. Speakers at several international Symposia and conferences, Saudi Heart Association member as senior Regional Faculty for ACLS. Developed many courses and programs accredited by Saudi Council such as “Cardiac Catheterization Upgrading Program, “Invasive Hemodynamic Programs, "Medication Administration Course", "IV Therapy Course", "Preceptor Course", "Charge Nurse Course", "Burn Critical Care Course", "ER Nursing Course", "Pain Management Course", "Wound Care Management Course", "Neonatal Nursing Care', "Critical Care Course" and "Leadership and Management Course" and many Cross Training and Up skilling programs. Currently is developing a Case Management Post Graduate Diploma Program.

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