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Rotation crucial for Emirati nurses' rise.

Summary: Emirati nurses vying for management positions should undergo clinical rotation, an expert says.

Emirati nurses vying for management positions should undergo clinical rotation, an expert says.

"Getting into management positions without undergoing clinical rotation debilitates the managerial capacities of Emirati nurses. Clinical rotation is like the foundation for a skyscraper. In order to rise, the base needs to be firm," said Noora Abdulmajid, Nurse Educator at Dubai Hospital, Dubai Health Authority.

Speaking ahead of the seventh Abu Dhabi Medical Congress and Exhibition where she will be speaking on 'Emirati Nurses - rise up to the call', Abdulmajid underscored the importance of clinical rotation in one's nursing skills.

Organised by Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, the Abu Dhabi Medical Congress and Exhibition is the region's key healthcare event, bringing together leading international healthcare companies showcasing their latest products and services within the emergency, primary healthcare, patient safety, nursing and rehabilitation sectors.

It will be held from October 27-29 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

"The clinical orientation process in the beginning of every nurse's career enhances their knowledge, attitude and skills propelling a fresh graduate from a novice to an advanced beginner. Eventually through regular practice they will develop the required expertise and clinical rotation is very crucial in planning and deciding the future of nursing for Emiratis. If we are to lead nursing in the UAE we need to understand the problems from the grassroots. Once an Emirati nurse has gained proficiency in nursing skills, he or she will acquire the capability to assess, plan and implement strategies," she said.

Clinical rotation for nurses is a basic orientation process where every newly-employed graduate is placed in a number of clinical areas that include, but are not limited to medical, surgical, critical care, maternity, paediatric, emergency services, outpatient services, and speciality nursing units such as oncology nursing, nephrology nursing and cardiology.

During the placement process the graduate nurse is exposed to patients with diverse medical needs and is required to demonstrate competence in all nursing skills.

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:Sep 28, 2013
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