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29 May 2013

Innovative Achievements in Neonatal Nursing

The High Diploma Neonatal Nursing Program/Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences organized the fifth Neonatal Health Professional Gathering titled "Together for Developing and Sharing Innovative Achievements in Neonatal Nursing Research and Practice."

In the opening speech of the gathering, which was held in Brother Joe Hall in the science faculty building, Dr. Michael Sansur, Executive Vice President, stressed the importance of research in the Neonatal Nursing field. Meanwhile Ms. Mariam Awad, Dean of the Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences, highlighted the efforts that Bethlehem University is investing in supporting the Neonatal program as a life-saving profession of the Neonates.

Several research findings and innovative topics in the neonatal field were presented by the Program Coordinator Ms. Amal Abu Nijmeh and Neonatal Nursing Students; Mr. Omar Al-Mahmoud and Ms. Amal Hamadneh from Al-Makassed Hospital in Jerusalem; and Dr. Ra’fat Alawi from Caritas baby hospital. 

Different representatives from different Palestinian neonatal units and academic universities actively participated. The updated information about the Palestinian Neonatal Committee, which was recently established and approved by the Palestinian Union for Nurses and Midwives, was given during this gathering. This committee was initiated by the Program Coordinator, Ms. Amal Abu Nijmeh, and the students of the program from different cohorts.  The audience feedback was very positive and they recommended repeating similar gatherings and meetings in the future.

Some of the audienceThe gathering resulted in a number of recomendations to the Faculty of Nursing and the hospital administrations, an important component to developing this profession and the care neonatals get in hospitals. They recomended that the Nursing educators provide presentations and training courses on development care methods in NICU departments for all health team members, and to focus on development care method in courses offered by universities.

Neonatal Nursing is a relatively new specialty in comparison with adult health, midwifery, or other areas of nursing. It aims to provide staff nurses with advanced level of knowledge and skills needed to provide comprehensive nursing care to special and critically ill newborns and their families.

Visit the Neonatal Nursing program page on our website for further information. (Click Here)


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