Nursing Services, Central Region (NS, CR) is a large complex department. It functions autonomously in relation to maintaining professional nursing standards and scope of practice while collaborating in partnership with Medical and Non-Medical leaders in the development of program-specific strategies, goals, policies and standards of care. The Department incorporates a multinational workforce of almost 4,000 personnel comprising of professional nurses, para-nursing, auxiliary and support staff. Additionally, it provides professional oversight to Nurses who work in other departments.
NS, CR’s internal organizational structure is flattened deliberately to facilitate clear, expedient and open communication between the bedside clinical staff and patients, with those in Nursing Services leadership positions.
The Nursing Executive Committee drives Nursing Services strategy, sets standards of nursing care, and monitors and actions data pertinent to Nursing-sensitive components of care delivery, operational efficiency, patient satisfaction, Nursing Saudization and staff recruitment and retention. Sub-committees are established which include frontline clinical bedside experts.
At an organizational level, the Associate Executive Director for Nursing Services is a member of the Central Region Executive Management Committee. Directors of Clinical Nursing collaborate formally and informally with their affiliated Medical Chairmen and Heads of Service in order to align Nursing Services with the direction and vision of Medical Services and NGHA. Nursing Services representatives also participate in interdepartmental committees, taskforces and working groups.
At the point of care delivery, Ward Managers, Clinical Instructors, nursing and non nursing direct care providers collaborate directly with the patients, family, healthcare team and support staff to deliver and coordinate each patient’s individualized treatment plan.
Nursing Services educational activities are accredited by the California Board of Nursing for Continuing Education. Specialized and sub-specialized professional nursing programs and skill enhancement courses are provided, in addition to training programs for para-nursing and support staff. Nursing Clinical Teaching Units and cross appointments have been established to support the clinical placement requirements of the King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University, College of Nursing BSN curriculums.
Recruitment and retention of competent nursing personnel is a key focus for NS, CR due to the complexity of services and imminent expansions. In order to meet this objective, strategies have been developed to focus on maximizing and expediting Saudization within Nursing Services to ensure stability, balanced with maintaining recruitment and retention of expatriate staff to meet operational needs. These strategies are multifaceted and are implemented in collaboration with numerous departments including Clinical Nursing Recruitment Services, Training & Development, Post Graduate Education, Administrative Affairs, Scholarships Office, Employee Relations and the King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences.