| Wani Roslan |
IN ENHANCING the quality and efficiency of health services in the country, the Ministry of Health always needs professionals that possess various skills, expertise as well as work ethics such as dedication, commitment, competency in using health technologies, leadership as well as being courteous.
“In facing and dealing with various challenges and to ensure that all of us are ready and able to move forward, health professionals have to make positive transformations to be more proactive, creative and innovative, so they can enhance their professionalism, skill and expertise, and at the same time strengthen their teamwork.”
This was highlighted by the Minister of Health, Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Adanan bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Mohd Yusof, during a convocation ceremony for the first advanced diploma for senior nurses, at the ministry’s Al-‘Afiah Hall.
Nursing services is considered the main support of the health sector and is equally responsible in providing comprehensive health care to patients. In this sector there are 2,271 nurses representing 36 per cent of all staff at the ministry.
The minister emphasised that the purpose of establishing the Advanced Diploma course in Health Services Management is because of the need to strengthen clinical leadership in order to comprehend the core concepts of management and administration, improve critical thinking in addressing decisions to be made, and to integrate the multidisciplinary professions into a single high-quality treatment for patients.
“I hope that participants who have completed this course will be able to lead as role models and become more dedicated health professionals.”
The minister also expressed his hopes that they will instil in other nurses the qualities required to provide excellent services.
The minister also urged the Nursing Training and Development Centre to increase efforts in collaborating with the Department of Nursing Services and other relevant agencies in identifying and exploring short-term and long-term courses that can improve overall quality of services rendered.
“I also urge the centre to foster cooperation and collaboration with recognised nursing educational institutions including international organisations overseas.”