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Untrained nurses should take a test

By Nada S.Mussallam / 30 June 2007

ABU DHABI — Nursing staff who do not possess high school certificates must pass a licensure examination set by the Health Authority — Abu Dhabi (HAAD) in order to retain their jobs.

The authority has announced that all registered nurses (RNs) and practising nurses (PNs) at health facilities affiliated to HAAD, who haven’t got high school certificates must sit for an evaluation examination, which will be held in September.

According to HAAD, some nurses have been working for long without possessing an academic certificate, merely depending on experience. There are more than 100 nurses, who were in this category, according to HAAD.

A few months ago, to check their efficiency, the authority tested a group of nurses, most of whom were working in private schools in the capital without a licence.

Under the new HAAD policy, a 12-month grace period will be granted to nurses during which they take the licensure examination, said Engineer Zaid Siksek, Director of Health Policy Regulation Department at HAAD.

He said applicants will have three opportunities to sit for the exam within the 12-month period following application. “All existing RNs and PNs must sit for the licensure exam on or before June 30, 2008,” said Eng. Siksek, noting that all examinations will be in English.

He said refresher courses and examination will be the responsibility of the examinees’ organisations in collaboration with the Continuing Medical Education (CME) Section of HAAD.

Those who fail the licensure examination thrice will not be permitted to re-apply for the examination for at least a year. They will also have to provide documents proving that they attended CME, he said.

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