The Royal Irish College of Surgeons awarded the Dean of the College of Nursing at Umm Al-Qura University, Dr. Fatimah Al-Sulami, the Fellowship in Nursing, as part of a nomination held for the first time in Saudi Arabia which only 4 candidates have won. The accreditation recognizes health practitioners for their excellence and exceptional leadership in their profession.
Dr. Fatimah Al-Sulami said that obtaining a fellowship in nursing is one of the most important international standards for recognizing commendable health practitioners. She explained that nursing has received great care from the wise leadership, may Allah support it, and special attention from the Crown Prince, His Royal Highness Prince Muhammad bin Salman, may Allah protect him, through His Highness's Committee for Nursing Programs. This committee shed light on the most important issues in nursing education and practice, in addition to supporting nurses, especially in previous years and during the response to the coronavirus pandemic. She pointed out that increasing the interest in nursing is one of the goals that the Saudi Kingdom seeks to achieve, in line with the strategic objectives of the health sector within the Saudi Vision 2030.
The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is one of the most prestigious academic institutions specialized in providing accreditations and fellowships in nursing and midwifery to health practitioners around the world, and their fellowships are considered one of the most prestigious professional qualifications. Obtaining the fellowship also allows the health practitioner to join a wide professional network in the field of nursing and take advantage of research and professional opportunities in the field. It was first granted to nurses working in academic, clinical, research and administrative fields in 1982.
It is worth noting that Dr. Fatimah Al-Sulami has accomplished many achievements. She holds a classification and professional license for nursing from the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties. Moreover, she obtained the classification and professional nursing license from the Organization for the Professional Classification of Health Practitioners in Australia. This is in addition to her work as the Deputy Chairwoman of the Committee of the Vice Deans of Nursing Colleges in Saudi Universities.