United Arab Emirates, Dubai, May 28, 2013: Dubai Hospital in collaboration with the Medical Education Department (MED) recently hosted the 1st DHA nursing and Midwifery Leadership Conference that was held at the Rashid Medical Library Auditorium.
The conference was held under the theme, “Leading and Sustaining Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Services.”
Fouad Chehab, director of nursing services at Dubai Hospital said: “This conference is intended to highlight innovations and research in nursing management, nursing education and nursing practice. The conference attracted directors, chief nursing officers, nursing faculty, nurse managers and nursing leaders interested in the development and growth of the nursing profession.”
Chehab said during his opening speech that leaders in nursing need to use active leadership styles to influence positive social change in a complex healthcare environment.
Dr. Zakaria Zaki Al Attal, director of quality and performance management department, hospital services sector at the DHA discussed latest trends in nursing leadership and the important role of leaders in this field to motivate their staff especially since nursing is a challenging profession as nurses not only play an important role in delivery of health services but also provide emotional support to patients and their families.
Prof. Sharon Brownie from the Griffith University in Australia and advisor at the Fatima College of Health Sciences, Abu Dhabi, spoke about Transforming Healthcare: Nurses and Midwives as Transformational & Transactional Leaders.
Chehab said that Dubai Hospital in collaboration with the medical education department has set the stage for Dubai Health Authority to take steps and develop strategies to empower nursing in the UAE.
He added that the conference brought together many of the nation's eminent nurse executives and prominent individuals in healthcare to analyse the unique and complex challenges facing their organizations and have exposed participants to varying perspectives and strategies that could be adopted to increase their effectiveness in leading the nursing profession's efforts to shape the on-going transformation of the healthcare system.
Over 400 nurses and midwives from all over the UAE attended the event.
Chehab added that the Medical Education Department( MED) has played a pivotal role in improving the professional development needs of Nurses in the DHA and has paid significant important to roping in and training more Emirati Nurses to join the profession.
The upcoming events facilitated by MED include the 2nd Community Health Nursing (CHN) conference in September 2013 and the 6th DHA Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference in October 2013.