The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has launched ‘Nebras’, an innovative program to strengthen the expertise of nursing and midwifery professionals and encourage their participation in scientific research in line with national health priorities.
Nebras was launched in partnership with Pfizer under the theme “My Journey in Nursing and Midwifery Research”. It is part of the National Nursing and Midwifery Strategy (2022-2026).
The National Council of Nursing and Midwifery unveiled the initiative at a press conference on behalf of MoHAP, with Dr Sumaya Mohamed AlBlooshi, Head of the National Council of Nursing and Midwifery, and several officials from MoHAP, health and academic institutions, and the Nursing and Midwifery Sector. Various specialists and experts.
The initiative is expected to significantly support the development of health and care policy and practice in the UAE. It will also highlight the ministry’s commitment to empowering health professionals and prioritizing healthcare research.
National Mentorship Program
The initiative features a national program to guide research in nursing and midwifery. The program invites applications from research specialists in the fields of nursing and midwifery to serve as mentors, who will be selected on the basis of clearly defined criteria and scheduled to attend a three-day introductory workshop on the requirements and expectations of the programme.
Additionally, the program provides a platform for nurses and midwives across the UAE to submit their research ideas and apply to become trainees. Ideas will then be evaluated and selected. Accepted trainees are then assigned to a mentor who together develop a tailor-made mentorship plan and develop a timetable for its execution, all within the framework of an integrated digital platform.
The program will conclude with a ceremony to recognize participants, showcase their achievements and disseminate their research. A comprehensive report will also be produced outlining the initiative’s activities, outcomes and overall impact, thereby highlighting the Nebras Initiative’s significant contribution to the advancement of nursing and midwifery.
Highlighting the importance of nursing and midwifery in the UAE health system, Dr Sumaya AlBlooshi said that both professions provide professional and integral care to all community members, reflecting MoHAP’s commitment to leadership and the adoption of best practices to Strengthening and Sustaining the Health System. “We are determined to build a healthcare system that meets the requirements of the UAE’s vision for the next fifty years,” said Dr AlBlooshi.
AlBlooshi added that Nebraska is implementing the National Nursing and Midwifery Strategy (2022-2026), which focuses on fostering a culture of scientific research and evidence-based practice.
“Nebras is a step forward in driving the fulfillment of the priority research mandated by the National Nursing and Midwifery Strategy. This initiative supports research findings and recommendations to inform national strategic plans and programs,”
“This is a testament to MoHAP’s commitment to promoting a culture of scientific research, which is key to enhancing the standing of the nursing and midwifery professions in the UAE community. This initiative also encourages young men and women to consider these careers as career options and to pursue the nursing field afterwards specialization,” AlBlooshi added.
The National Nursing and Midwifery Strategy (2022-2026), approved by Cabinet in 2022, aims to achieve a number of objectives, including strengthening the governance of the nursing and midwifery profession through the implementation of professional organization policy and practice. Furthermore, the strategy aims to make a significant contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and ensure effective planning and management of the nursing and midwifery workforce. Furthermore, it facilitates the delivery of the highest quality of healthcare by nurses and midwives in carrying out their duties in accordance with their education and experience.
Dr. Nadine Tracha, Medical Director, Pfizer Gulf, said nurses are the largest group of healthcare professionals, making unparalleled contributions to clinical research and truly making a difference in patients’ lives. “We are proud to advocate for the critical role of nurses, and we look forward to contributing to the National Nursing and Midwifery Strategy efforts by supporting new strategies to strengthen the education, development, management and clinical practice ecosystem at the healthcare level,” Dr. Tracha said.
It must be acknowledged that the National Nursing and Midwifery Strategy (2022-2026) comprises five strategic pillars: Effective Regulation, Governance and Leadership, Sustainable Nursing and Midwifery Workforce Management Systems, Transformative Practice, Service and Quality Care, Quality and Innovative Education and professional development, and finally advanced research and evidence-based practice in response to national health priorities.
In addition, a National Nursing and Midwifery Council, chaired by the Ministry of Health and Prevention, was established. The committee is tasked with overseeing the implementation of the strategy at the national level. Its membership includes key national partners including the Ministry of Education, Ministry of the Interior, Defence, Federal Government Human Resources Authority, Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH), UAE Health Services, Dubai Academic Healthcare Company (DAHC), Abu Dhabi Health Services Company “SEHA”, as well as private health authorities and academic institutions across the country.
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