Institute Of Nursing (Ministry of Health) - (State)

Nurses are the heart and healing center of the health care system. Individually and collectively they have a paramount effect that touches the lives of people around them. Nursing as a profession encompasses many characteristics. These include mainly caring, supporting, promoting and maintaining health. Nursing care demands creativity, sensitivity and holism and must be based on critical thinking and scientific rationale. The mission of the Institutes is to prepare a nursing workforce (from the UAE and Arab citizens) that is responsive to the actual and potential health needs of the UAE community, wherever they reside. The program is committed to the preparation of generalist, Arabic-speaking nurses who employ critical thinking skills and the nursing process in meeting the human needs of clients as individuals, families and communities throughout the life span.

Graduates are expected to render their services in a variety of health care settings and be committed to ongoing professional growth and development. We aspire to be a nursing educational institution that can improve the quality of nursing services in the UAE community. Nurses are surrounded by major challenges related to the vast changes happening around them. Some of these changes surrounding them are technological advances and ever-changing health care needs, which are leading to changes in the health care systems. The challenge is to meet these changes and adapt to them by a commitment to continuing education and the development of expertise in the theory and practice of professional nursing. Nurses in response to these changes, have assumed more independent roles.

Through these roles, they have been able to meet the ever challenging and expanding complexities of the health care sector. As a result of these roles, they have excelled on the preventive and primitive aspect through their role in communities and the health care facilities. The Institutes of Nursing have undergone changes in the past few years which have affected the curricula and clinical training. The case-based curricula adopted nowadays in the Institutes promote a process-oriented curriculum, the teacher acting as a facilitator of the teaching-learning process. Students are expected to be active participants in the process and develop skills of problem solving and analysis in a collaborative approach to patient care. Our major focus is the client, whether that includes individuals, families and communities, around which all care revolves.

Under the auspices of the Ministry of Health, and by a presidential decree from His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Former President of the United Arab Emirates, the School of Nursing in Abu Dhabi was founded in 1972. It was one of the first schools of nursing in the Arab Gulf Region. The initial program, lasting one and a half years, was planned to prepare post-elementary students to be assistant nurses. This was followed in 1976, by a three-year program, for which the candidates had to complete around nine years of schooling (the intermediate cycle) before enrolling in the nursing program. The program consisted of many separate courses which followed the different medical specializations. In 1982, the Ministry of Health worked in collaboration with the American University of Beirut to set new standards in nursing education by introducing the Basic Nursing Program that accepted students after nine years of schooling.

The program was very similar to the high school nursing program followed in other countries. The last students of this program graduated in 1989. In 1986, the Basic Program was replaced by a three-year-post secondary school Diploma Program in Abu Dhabi. In 1998, the nursing program was completely revised and the self-directed case-study approach was adopted. The Institutes of Nursing developed into five branches located in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah (1987), Fujairah (1992), Al-Ain (1993) and Ras Al- Khaimah (2001).

In October 2005, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain branches were embedded in Abu Dhabi General Authority for Health Services; Sharjah, Fujeirah, and Ras Al Khaima branches were kept under the umbrella of the Ministry of Health. Presently, the three Institutes are maintained uniformly under the management of Higher Administration located in Sharjah Campus.
Curriculum / Programs
The program at the Institutes of Nursing is a three-year Diploma program designed for students who hold an official Secondary School Certificate from the United Arab Emirates, or its equivalent. The first and the second academic years of the program consist of two semesters (Semester One/19 weeks, Semester Two/18 weeks), the third academic year consists of two semesters plus a Summer Session (Semester One/21 weeks, Semester Two/18 weeks, Summer Session (Internship Course)/8 weeks). Each week has 35 teaching sessions (Theory and lab sessions/50-minute duration, Practicum Sessions/60-minute duration).

Each course is offered once a year and carries a credit weight that depends on whether the course is major-related (Theory/Lab/Practicum) or English. The language of instruction at the Institutes is English. In each semester an English course is offered according to the educational developmental needs of the students. These courses have the ultimate goal to maintain academic professional functioning since English is the language used in all health care facilities in the multicultural society of the UAE and it is the language required to be life long learners

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