The College of Nursing at Sultan Qaboos University organized a special forum about its Masters of Science in Nursing Program entitled “Towards preparing the next generation of nurse specialists” under the patronage of Dr. Rahma bint Ibrahim Al Mahrouqi, SQU Deputy Vice Chancellor for Postgraduate Studies & Research. The College of Nursing started a Master's program in Nursing Sciences in the field of Adult Acute Care Nursing, which is the first program of its kind in the Sultanate. The College has received the first batch of students of the program in the previous academic year.
Dr. Omar Al-Rawajfah, Dean of the College of Nursing said that the aim of the program is to promote the nursing profession in the Sultanate by developing the nursing staff and providing the health sector with leading nurses capable of formulating health policies and providing Nursing counseling in their fields of specialization. He stressed that the College could harness its potential to build an integrated program in accordance with international standards and was able to build a program to accept the praise of external evaluators from the best universities and international academic institutions. The college is looking forward to the develop masters programs in other specialties soon to serve the health system in Oman. "We look forward to an effective partnership with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services of the Armed Forces, Police and other health authorities in the Sultanate to ensure the sustainability of the programs and ensure that the program is aligned with the needs of the labor market”, he said.
The forum was held in the presence of health care officials and nursing program managers in the Ministry of Health, the Armed Forces, the Royal Oman Police and the private sector. The event presented the objectives and outputs of the master’s program and its role in supporting and developing health care in the Sultanate. It also sought to introduce the requirements of admission to the program, the study plan and graduation requirements.
Dr. Joshua Muliira, Assistant Dean of Postgraduate Studies & Research at the College of Nursing, spoke during the seminar about the program's objectives and outcomes. Dr. Khaled Al-Omari, Head of the Department of Adult & Intensive Care, gave a presentation on the curriculum of the Master's program and its study plan and its conformity with the relevant international indicators. He also spoke about the human and logistical resources available at the Faculty of Nursing, which ensure the success of the program. Dr. Majid Al-Muqbali, Director General of Nursing at the Ministry of Health, spoke about the importance of postgraduate programs in nursing, the urgent need for specialized Omani nurses graduated with postgraduate programs, and how they could contribute to improving the health system and health services in the Sultanate.