The sultanate on Monday launched the ‘Nursing Now Campaign’, which is a global programme run in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization, with the support of the Burdett Trust for Nursing.
The inauguration was held under the auspices of H E Dr Ahmed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health (MoH) who said that the campaign aims to raise the profile of nurses in Oman and support them in their professional endeavours.
He pointed out that the time now is increasingly challenging for nurses and midwives to practise their essential roles for the overall well-being of nations. “Nurses, along with other healthcare professionals, risk their lives on a daily basis. For the past few months, the world is combating COVID-19 and nurses have proven to be one of the frontline soldiers.”
Dr Jamal al Khadhori, director general of Nursing Affairs, MoH, stated that Nursing Now is a global campaign to improve health by raising the status and profile of nursing, influencing policymakers and supporting nurses themselves to lead, learn and build global initiatives.
Khadhori said that this global initiative aims to ensuring that nurses and midwives have a more prominent voice in health policy-making, encouraging greater investment in the nursing workforce, advocating for more nurses in leadership positions, in addition to encouraging research that helps determine where nurses can have the greatest impact, and sharing examples of best nursing practice.
Furthermore, the inauguration programme was virtually joined by the Acting WHO Representative in Oman Dr Sayed Jaffar Hussain who acknowledged the MoH’s efforts that have resulted in significant increases in its health staff in the last five years. The number of physicians in Oman has increased from 16.7 to more than 21.4 per 10,000 population, while the number of nurses grew from 37 to 46.3 per 10,000 population.
Abdullah al Rubaie, chairman, Oman Nursing Association, delivered a speech on the occasion to celebrate the year 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, dedicated by WHO to nurses and midwives, providing a once-in-a generation opportunity to showcase their dedicated work.
In the Campaign, the Directorate General of Nursing Affairs and the participating national healthcare and academic institutions will carry out the activities under the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, that includes four projects. The first is the National Health Workforce Report for nursing which includes a system by which countries progressively improve the availability, quality, and use of health workforce data through monitoring of a set of indicators to support achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other health objectives.
The second project is the Nursing Now Campaign, while the third is the Nightingale Challenge that asks every health employer around the world to provide leadership and development training for a group of their young nurses and midwives during 2020. The participating nurses in this programme require to be of age 35 and under. They also are required to currently not hold any managerial positions in their respective healthcare institutions.
The fourth project represents Celebration of the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife where, by 2021, the above stated activities and achieved initiatives will be celebrated through showing achieved goals in each activity. There will be different forms of activities, such as scientific conferences, informal gatherings, awarding ceremonies, and others.
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