| Syazwani Hj Rosli |
FOURTEEN senior nurses of the first cohort for the Advanced Diploma in Health Services Management of the 2013/2014 session were celebrated in the first-ever convocation ceremony held yesterday at the Al-’Afiah Hall of the Ministry of Health (MoH).
The guest of honour was Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Adanan bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Mohd Yusof, Minister of Health.
The ceremony commenced with the recitation from the Al-Quran by Awang Haji Abdul Manaf bin Haji Kamaludin, a nurse at the Psychiatric Department of the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital.
The ceremony continued with a welcoming remark from Dayang Hajah Fatimah binti Abdullah, Acting Director of Nursing Services.
In her remark, Dayang Hajah Fatimah said that the graduates were the first batch of the Advanced Diploma in Health Services Management who have completed their one-year course last February.
She also highlighted that the second cohort for the 2014/2015 session, comprising 10 senior nurses and two allied health professionals, have also started their course this year.
The one-year course focuses more on administration and health services management which is carried out by the Nursing Training and Development Centre of MoH in collaboration with Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).
Dayang Hajah Fatimah also said that the main objective of the course is to prepare and improve capacity building for clinical officers particularly as qualified and experienced health and medical professionals in carrying out their roles and responsibilities as heads of clinical administration and management in their respective fields.
Among the modules that the graduates take throughout their course include Health Policy, Emergency and Disaster Management, Healthcare Law and Ethics, Healthcare Informatics and Leadership Skills in Health Management.
At the same time, they are also equipped with basic leadership skills such as analytical and strategic thinking, problem solving and decision making so as to enhance the efficiency of managing health services in general.
She also added that the first batch of graduates had the opportunity to gain working experiences through clinical attachment programmes in various hospitals and health promotion centres in Singapore.
The event continued with a sharing session delivered by Dayang Hajah Junita binti Haji Momin, Special Duties Officer, who said that their experiences during clinical attachments have provided them with greater managerial idea and philosophical values, which can be utilised in their nursing services to promote quality and safety in patient care.
The ceremony ensued with the presentation of certificates by the guest of honour. An honorary award was also presented to one of the graduates, Dyg Hjh Junita binti Hj Momin.
The ceremony ended with a Doa Selamat.