Prepared by: Mansour Al-Ayaf
Photographer: Khalil Asemi
Under the auspices of his Royal Highness, Prince Faisal Bin Khalid Al Saud, the activities of the 1st International Nursing Conference were launched under the title "Science and Profession: Challenges and Solutions" on Tuesday at the Abha Palace Hotel. The conference was organized by King Khalid University and attended by the University Vice President’s Assistant and the Chairman of the committee organizing the conference, Dr. Khalid Al Gelban, the General Director of Asir Health Affairs, Dr. Ibrahim Ahefzy, and the Health Ministry Undersecretary of Nursing, Dr. Munira Al-Osaimi in addition to a large number of academic speakers from Saudi Universities, specialists from different health sectors in the Kingdom, as well as a number of speakers from the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Jordan and Egypt.
Nursing Challenges and Chances
Professor Anahid Klwaka started the conference with a display in which she spoke about “Nursing Challenges and Chances”. Nursing College Dean at King Saud University, Dr.Haya Al-Fowzan, spoke about “Innovations to Achieve Uniqueness”, which will affect nursing colleges. There was an exhibition accompanying the conference. The exhibition included many attendees from all Asir Nursing Colleges who showcased modern technology in the nursing field.
Opening the Exhibition accompanying the conference
King Khalid University President, Professor Abdulrahman Bin Hamid Al-Dawood, launched the 1st International Nursing Conference under the title "Nursing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sciences and Profession: Challenges and Solutions" at the Abha Palace Hotel. He also launched the accompanying exhibition. The University President inspected the exhibition, in which a number of the university’s colleges took part.
Scientific Committee Chairman
Scientific Committee Chairman, Dr. Shonyfa Al-Qarni, gave a speech to clarify the purpose of organizing such a conference. She said it aims at spotlighting new trends in the nursing field, pointing out speakers and participants in the conference from the United States, Australia, and Arab countries in addition to specialists and academics from Saudi Health sectors and universities. Dr. Al-Qarni confirmed that there was a preparation period for the conference that lasted for 3 months, during which the scientific committee received 117 scientific summaries, presentations, and posters. 35 specialization research papers were chosen and displayed in sessions, covering conference pillars in addition to the 30 scientific posters, including 12 scientific research posters from the students of the Nursing College at the university. She added that, in addition to the conference activities, there was an accompanying exhibition in which nursing colleges displayed their works and showcased the great educational effort they make in both the university and society. Dr. Al-Qarni clarified that more than 1500 people attend the conference on its first day. She described the conference as one of the scientific bridges which contributes to increasing the level of the Asir community scientifically and hygienically, and draws an image of a shining future for nursing in the south of the Kingdom.
A Word from His Excellency, the University President
His Excellency, the University President, gave a speech to clarify that the 1st International Nursing Conference was approved by His Royal Highness, Prince Khalid Bin Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz, the Asir Province Governor, with the presence of more than 2000 participants, both male and female. He pointed out the purpose of arranging such conferences, and challenges and difficulties that face the nursing profession in order to find solutions that would be covered during the conference sessions. Dr Al-Dawood stressed the importance of such scientific activities, pointing at the conferences, workshops, and forums the university organized this year as well as the number of conferences still to come. He said, "One of the Education institutes’ missions is to arrange such scientific conferences so that students can expand their education, not only in the classroom, but also through conferences and by getting to meet experts from the university or elsewhere.
Participants in the Display
- King Khalid University Hospital
- King Fahd Medical City
- College of Nursing, Abha
- College of Applied Medical Sciences, Al-Namas
- College of Applied Medical Sciences, Bishah
- College of Applied Medical Sciences, Mahyal Asir
- College of Nursing, Khamis Mushait
It is worth mentioning that the conference aimed at focusing on a number of pillars: Nursing education at the university, recognizing problems and challenges that face nursing as a profession at governmental level and in the private sector, in addition to the latest advances in the field of nursing science. The conference included six scientific sessions distributed over two days. There were international speakers from the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Jordan, and Egypt in addition to a number of specialists and academics from Saudi universities and health sectors.
A number of students also participated in organizing conference sessions in addition to informative sessions on the measurement of blood pressure, sugar levels, and weight for those who attended the conference and desired to do so. There were two corners, one for men and the other for women. Another group of students participated in the conference’s different organizational committees.
Dr. Ibrahim bin Sulaiman Alhfeza: Director General of Health Affairs, Asir
- Dr. Haya Al Fawzan: Dean of the College of Nursing, King Saud University
- Dr. Hasnaa Irfan: Dean of the College of Nursing, King Abdulaziz University
- Dr. Msheeal bin Mishal Olayyani: Dean of the College of Applied Medical Sciences, Khamis Mushayt
- Dr. Sabaah Saad Al-Sherkawi: Dean of the College of Science, Ain Shams University
- Dr. Atricia de Antonio: Dean of the Faculty of Science, Pennsylvania University
- Dr. Paul Norman: Associate Professor of Nursing Science, Diseka University
- Dr. Inas Mohammed: Associate Professor, Teba University
- Dr. Inas Auf Assaf: Associate Professor, King Fahd Military Hospital
- Dr. Anahid Klwaka: Professor of Nursing, Aomas University, Boston
More than 1500 participants comprising students and employees, men and women registered for the first day of the conference