The College of Nursing at Umm Al-Qura University organized an introductory meeting for the second-year students at the King Abdulaziz Historical Hall, in the presence of the Deputy Head of the Deans Committee for the Colleges of Nursing in Saudi Universities, Dr. Fatimah Al-Sulami, the vice deans of the college, and the academic and administrative staff.
At the beginning of the meeting, the dean of the college welcomed the new students and congratulated them on their admission to the college, lauding the role of the nursing staff in supporting the health sector in the Saudi Kingdom, especially in light of the attention received from the Committee of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (may Allah safeguard him) for nursing. Among his most important directives was to increase the number of male and female students in the existing nursing programs, in order to qualify the graduates to fulfill the needs of the labor market in this field.
On her part, Dr. Fatimah Al-Sulami emphasized that the college continues to develop its academic programs, with the lauded support of the UQU President, Prof. Moaddi bin Muhammad Aal Madh-hab, and the follow-up of the UQU Vice President for Educational Affairs, Amer Al-Zaidi, to achieve progress in the educational process, being keen on enabling the UQU students to master the professional practices required in the work environment. She also referred to the lauded efforts of the academic and administrative staff to support the male and female students, facilitate the educational process, and overcome difficulties to help students be constructive hands and contribute to serving their religion and country. It is worth noting that the number of students registered in the nursing program is 785 male and female students, 151 female internship students, and 30 male internship students, receiving their practical training at hospitals inside and outside Makkah Al-Mukarramah.
The dean of the college also advised students to strive in their educational journey, increase their knowledge, and harness the needed skills for nursing, given the fact that the nursing profession heavily depends on highly qualified nurses. She also stressed the need to participate in student extracurricular activities and contribute to the refinement of their skills and behaviors in the university educational journey, embodying the Islamic moral values and ethics and being one of the pillars of professional practice in the field of nursing.