KFSH&RC graduates 62 male and female nurses in collaboration with 9 universities as part of the Saudization Program




A new batch of 100 male and female nurses to join the program next month

As part of the Nursing Development and Saudization Program, the King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC) in Riyadh recently graduated a total of 62 nurses (8 male and 54 female). The hospital provides the necessary support to link scientific knowledge with practical life. The number of nurses who graduated from this program during the last 6 years reached about 300.

His Excellency Dr. Majid Alfayyadh, the Chief Executive Officer of the General Organization of KFSH&RC, honored the male and female graduates on Thursday morning and expressed his delight at the graduation of this batch. He stressed that there has been a steady increase in the Saudization of super specialities of nursing and that are much in line with the hospital’s strategy.

H.E. stated in his speech that the Nursing Development and Saudization Program at the hospital has doubled the number of nursing interns and new graduates (102 students) from all over the Kingdom for the new batch commencing next month. He further stated that the commitment to the Development of Nursing and Saudization Program based on merit and efficiency was attracting talented students. This would ultimately lead to an increase in the number of professionally trained male and female Saudi nurses in the hospital, according to H.E. Dr. Alfayyadh.

Elaborating further on the program H.E. said that the male and female graduate nurses received intensive theoretical and practical training during the training period of 6–12 months. The training was provided in general nursing specialties including general and internal surgery, pediatrics, intensive care, oncology, gynecology and obstetrics, and other surgical disciplines. Besides completing one elective course based on their choice, the "male and female graduates spent the last 3 months in intensive practical training on specialized nursing in various disciplines according to a program organized by the specialists with an aim to prepare them as male and female nurses to work at KFSH&RC.”

Dr. Alfayyadh stated that the Nursing Development and Saudization Program at the hospital has received cooperation from nine universities from different regions of the Kingdom, King Saud University, Princess Nourah University, Al-Farabi Private College, Qassim University, University of Tabuk, Taibah University, University of Hail, Majmaah University, and Northern Borders University.

H.E. congratulated the male and female graduates for their success and excellence welcomed them in the hospital’s ideal environment. He ensured that their contribution to the hospital will help them earn respect for themselves and for others, and promote them professionally and personally. The environment in the hospital, as remarked by him, seeks to build a working community where all members enjoy respect and appreciation and maintain high standards of Nursing Development and Saudization Program in the hospital.

For his part, coordinator of the Nursing Interns and New Graduates Program in KFSH&RC, nursing specialist Ahmed Al-Khaibari said that the program seeks to polish the individual and group nursing capabilities by highlighting the essential role of nurses in caring for patients, showcasing successful experiences in nursing in KFSH&RC-Riyadh, involving the trainees in the hospital activities related to various nursing departments, including conferences, seminars, workshops and lectures, to raise the efficiency and awareness of male and female trainees in various specialized nursing disciplines.

He added that the Nursing Development and Saudization Program in the hospital has successfully graduated about 300 male and female nurses during the last 6 years, among whom 264 are already working in KFSH&RC-Riyadh. He pointed out that the hospital has recently adopted two methods of training following evidence-based experiments that are globally accepted to raise the strength of interns and fresh graduates. One of the methods is interactive education focusing to polish the skills of individuals and motivate them to work in groups with an aim to offer secure and high-quality service to patients. The other method is distance education that focuses on saving time and energy and deliver the desired objective, as the trainee will be able to communicate and interact online with the trainers. The program will also include regular visits throughout the year to various universities in the Kingdom to attract distinguished nurses.