Thursday, July 22, 2004: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Building a Community of New Scholars

Learning Objective #1: Understand the need of one country to upgrade and increase the supply of qualified nurses within its own borders
Learning Objective #2: Understand the predictors of success of one educational program in building a new community of scholars
In the mid 1990s, a professional nursing education program was initiated between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States. Based on a perceived and documented need, a collaborative education and research program was established with George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, to begin building a community of new scholars to assist in the advancement of professional nursing in the Kingdom. Four separate cohorts of Saudi men from three institutions (King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH&RC), Saudi Arabia National Guard Hospital (SANG) and Ministry of Aviation and Defense Hospital(MODA),) who held a degree in science or a related field, have been enrolled in an accelerated baccalaureate program leading to the BSN degree. This project was funded by Prince Bandar Bin Sultan. A descriptive research study was conducted throughout this time to identify predictors of success in the program. Preliminary results indicate a higher rate of program completion than expected. Some of the first graduates had gone on for PhDs, but not all who completed the program were considered completely successful. Many countries around the world are seeking ways to upgrade and increase the supply of qualified nurses within their own borders. This symposium will present both the educational and research imperatives of one program striving to build a community of new scholars.
Organizer:Rita M. Carty, DNSc, RN, FAAN
Presenters:Rita M. Carty, DNSc, RN, FAAN
Sabah Abnuznadah, PhD
Margaret Mary Moss, MSN, RN
Wael Al-zayyer, PhD, RN, ANP
 The Overall Program: Historical Perspective and Current Challenges: Research Objectives and Predictors of Success
Rita M. Carty, DNSc, RN, FAAN
 The Growth of Professional Nursing for Saudi Arabia: Needs and Results
Sabah Abuznadah, PhD
 Ten Years of Experience: Lessons Learned, Including Student Evaluation and Student/Program Outcomes
Margaret Mary Moss, MSN, RN
 A Culture of Success: One Student's Experience from Undergraduate to PhD for Establishing Nursing Research in Saudi Arabia
Wael Al-zayyer, PhD, RN, ANP

15th International Nursing Research Congress
Sigma Theta Tau International
July 22-24, 2004