The Ministry of Health launched a national initiative to enhance the attractiveness of the nursing profession, which emanated from the Ministerial Retreat, and it is aimed at attracting national cadres at the UAE level, through the development of programs that aim to increase the number of qualified national nursing staff. Dr. Yousuf Mohammed Al-Serkal, Assistant Under-Secretary for the Hospitals Sector in the Ministry of Health, said that the initiative, which was launched in coordination with the Department of Nursing of the Ministry, aims to contribute to providing an excellent health care in coordination with partners from educational bodies, health authorities, and media and cultural institutions. He added that the nursing profession is one of the most important strategic and major occupations in the health care systems, which is based on special foundations, information, and knowledge, and has specialized skills, and it includes a range of emerging principles of public basic, health, and behavioral sciences, in addition to the nursing science for comprehensive patient care in collaboration with the other health teams. In turn, Dr. Sumaya Mohammed Abbas, Director of Nursing Department of the Ministry of Health, said that the initiative to enhance the attractiveness of the nursing profession included several axes; such as the axis that deals with rehabilitation and education, which is based on the role of education and training to make nursing an attractive profession for national cadres starting from the early stages of public education, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, in order to carry out the "Little Nurse" program that targets the kindergarten and primary students through identifying the nursing profession in the curriculum, as well as including the academic counseling program in the nursing profession in order to attract high school students to the profession by raising their awareness of the academic programs, career path, and features and incentives for the profession. She also pointing out that the Ministry has sent 15 nurses on scholarships to complete their education through special Diploma and Bachelor programs, in addition to sending five nurses to complete their studies in the Master's Degree in Nursing. The Ministry is also seeking to cooperate with a number of local universities and colleges that teach nursing so as to prepare a draft that unifies the admission requirements in all universities.
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