Nurses should upgrade their skills, says official

Muscat: Ali bin Talib Al Hinai, undersecretary of Planning Affairs, Ministry of Health (MoH), has called upon nurses in the Sultanate to upgrade their technical skills.

The official was speaking at a symposium, titled ‘Excellence in Nursing Leadership, Research and Evidence Based Practice’ organised by the Nursing Administration Programme, Oman Specialised Nursing Institute (OSNI) at the Ministry of Health Institutes Auditorium at Wattayah.

The undersecretary pointed out that the government was providing a large number of scholarships to nurses and allied health care staff to pursue their degrees at different levels.  

This, he said, is in preparation for the Medical City, which will require personnel with high standards.

Ali Hinai noted that a meeting will be held on June 30 to discuss human resources as part of the preparation of the Health Vision 2050 document, which will be presented to the government by the end of the year.

The undersecretary announced that steps are being taken by the authorities for setting up the National Council for Licensure Examination (NCLEX) in Oman. He urged the nurses to acquire the NCLEX qualification.

He also announced that the new changes at the MoH are in the process of being implemented.

He declared that the newly established College of Nursing and Allied Health would begin operating in Muscat in September, this year, commencing with the foundation programme.

Earlier, in his inaugural speech, Abdallah bin Ahmed Al Rubaiey, dean, OSNI, praised the brisk pace of progress made by the MoH.

In this regard, he congratulated the Minister of Health, Dr  Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Saidi, and his predecessors. Abdallah stressed that these developments were possible due to the wise leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

He urged the participants of the symposium to take a major role in accelerating the use of evidence-based practices, which are a vital cog in providing quality, cost effective health care, in improving outcomes for patients and in advancing nursing and midwifery practices.

Abdallah referred to MoH’s Health Vision 2050 and he announced that OSNI is moving to a Higher Institute of Health Specialities, which will provide an opportunity to nurses and other health categories for multi-professional learning.

Abdallah paid tribute to the undersecretary  for his commitment to result oriented policy and practice, which was demonstrated on a recent visit to the World Health Organisation in Geneva, headed by Ahmed Al Saidi.