Faculty Development Activities

University Level Faculty development workshops 2014-15 conducted for newly appointed faculty
S. No Date Name of the workshop Resource Person
1 19-10-2014 Orientation Workshop CEDAR members
2 20-10-2014 Orientation Workshop CEDAR members
3 15.11.2014 Workshop on “COMMUNICATION SKILLS” Dr. Zita Lobo
4 20.11.2014 Clinical Skills workshop “Breast Examination” Dr. Chaitanya
5 13.12.2014 Micro Teaching –Workshop Dr. Zita Lobo
6 24.01.2015 MCQ Workshop Dr. Kannan Murugesan
7 21.02.2015 Team Based Learning Dr. Gulam Saidunnissa
Dr. Anand Srinivasan
Mrs Carol Mathias
College level
  • College Council meeting are conducted once in 15 days to discuss academic, extracurricular, co-curricular activities, issues related to students and faculty and any other matter of the college.
  • Faculty also attended CME programs organized and conducted by the university
  • The faculties also participated in most of the health related programs conducted by
  • the hospitals, RAK medical district & Federal department of Nursing, Ministry of
  • Health & UAE Emirates Nursing Association (ENA).
  • One week of planned orientation program was conducted for the newly joined faculty at college level. The sessions were taken by Dr. Vijaya Kumardhas, Dean and the University administrators.
  • PBL & Vetting committee was constituted in the year 2012 and it has been actively functioning. Senior faculties are the members of the various committees. The RAKCON Dean is the Advisor to all college level committees.
  • There are few other committees at the College level such as Curriculum Committee, CNE Committee and Research Committee who regularly meet once a month. Some of the committee at the university level is CEDAR, Vetting, Examination, CME, Research, Assessment, IRO and Library.

The faculties are involved in scholarly activities. They also update themselves by attending conferences, seminars and workshops. They participate in various CNE programs which is shown below:

CNE programs - Conferences Attended:

S.No Name of the participating faculty Date of Conference/
workshop/
Seminar
>Conference/ Workshops /
Seminars/
>Organized by
1 Dr. Vijaya Kumardhas 12th October, 2014 Relationship Between Mental & Physical Health ENA, EMA, SHA
21st & 22nd November2014 International Nursing Conference 2014
Theme:
Managing Turbulence in
Nursing Research - Speaker
SAVEETHA UNIVERSITY
CHENNAI, India
5th February 2015 Workshop on Concepts of Evidence based Practice
Speaker
Ministry of Health, UAE
20th February 2015 Pedia Care- A concise Journal towards child care
Chief guest & participant
AKMG, Emirates RAK chapter, MOH, RAKMHSU
2 Dr. Rekha Jaiprakash Ogale 15/11/14 Work shop on Communication CEDAR, RAK MHSU
13/12/14 Work shop on Micro Teaching CEDAR, RAK MHSU
20/02/15 Conference on Pedia Care – A Concise Journey Towards Child Care AKMG Emirates FZLLC in Association with RAK MHSU & RAK CODS Under the Aegis of Ministry of Health, RAK medical District
21/02/15 Work shop on TBM CEDAR, RAK MHSU
5 Dr.Maragatham Kannan 19 and 20th
October 2014
Workshop CEDAR;
Faculty orientation
RAKMHSU
19.11.2014 CEDAR Workshop on communication skills. RAKMHSU
13.12.14 CEDAR Workshop on
Micro teaching
RAKMHSU
21.2.15 CEDAR Workshop on
TBL
RAKMHSU
    24.10.14 CME conference on Fostering Mental health and eliminating stigma RAKMHSU,
Saif & IBHO Hospital, MOH
5.2.15 Workshop on concepts of EBP MOH, UAQ Medical District
13.2.15 CME on Recent advances in Neruo –psychiatry. NMC Specialty Hospital, Dubai.
20.2.15 Pedia- care: a concise journey towards child care AKMG Emirates RAK chapter.
14.2.15 (6 hrs) GCP course National drug abuse treatment clinical trial network.
8.12.2014 Research team presentation from University of Sydney Shaikh Saqr Foundation for Policy Research, RAK Hospital and RAKMHSU
17.12.14 Handled the topic Herbal therapy: Neem and Ginger. CNE, RAKCON,
RAKMHSU
7.12.14 Attended the Journal club presentation. CNE, RAKCON,
RAKMHSU
8 Dr. Shukri 12th October, 2014 Relationship Between Mental & Physical Health ENA, EMA, SHA
5th Feb 2015 Concepts of Evidence Based Practice UAQ Medical District
7th December 2014 Journal Club Presentation: Guidelines for value-sensitive clinical accompaniment in community health nursing RAKCON RAKMHSU
17th December
2014
Journal Club Presentation: Herbal therapy RAKCON RAKMHSU
9 Dr. Faiza Ahmed 23- 26th Sept.,2014




24th Oct., 2014



26th Nov.,2014
7th Dec., 2014

17th Dec.,2014
6th February’15




Second International Home Care Nurses Organization Conference: Person –Centered Care In Home –Based Nursing Services Models, Nursing Roles and Competencies,

Singapore, attendance as a Speaker. Fostering Mental Health and Eliminating Stigma;



TBL session, taken by Dr. Kannan, Dean RAKCOMs, RAKMHSU CNE, Journal Nursing club Presentation “
: by
Dr. Shukri Adams
Herbal Therapy: by
Dr. Maragatham
Cardiology Update”














International Home Care Nurses Organization (IHCNO) Tsao Foundation ,
Singapore.


RAK- Medical Health Sciences University, Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE, in association with Saif &IBHO Hospital & RAK Medical District, MOH, on Friday, at RAKMHSU. RAKCON, RAKMHSU
RAKCON, RAK- Medical Health Sciences University, Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE RAKCON, RAK- Medical Health Sciences University, Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE RAK Medical and Health Sciences University in association with RAK Medical District, IBHO Hospital & Cardiology Society of India (Emirates Chapter), on Friday, at RAKMHSU.


















20th February’15

Pedia care
- A concise journey towards child care” .
AKMG Emirates RAK Chapter, on Friday, at RAKMHSU.
23- 26th Sept.,2014



24th Oct., 2014



26th Nov.,2014
7th Dec., 2014

17th Dec.,2014
6th February’15




Second International Home Care Nurses Organization Conference: Person –Centered Care In Home –Based Nursing Services Models, Nursing Roles and Competencies,

Singapore, attendance as a Speaker. Fostering Mental Health and Eliminating Stigma;


TBL session, taken by Dr. Kannan, Dean RAKCOMs, RAKMHSU CNE, Journal Nursing club Presentation “
: by
Dr. Shukri Adams
Herbal Therapy: by
Dr. Maragatham
Cardiology Update”














International Home Care Nurses Organization (IHCNO) Tsao Foundation ,
Singapore.

RAK- Medical Health Sciences University, Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE, in association with Saif &IBHO Hospital & RAK Medical District, MOH, on Friday, at RAKMHSU. RAKCON, RAKMHSU
RAKCON, RAK- Medical Health Sciences University, Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE RAKCON, RAK- Medical Health Sciences University, Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE RAK Medical and Health Sciences University in association with RAK Medical District, IBHO Hospital & Cardiology Society of India (Emirates Chapter), on Friday, at RAKMHSU.


















20th February’15

Pedia care
- A concise journey towards child care” .
AKMG Emirates RAK Chapter, on Friday, at RAKMHSU.
23- 26th Sept.,2014



24th Oct., 2014



26th Nov.,2014
7th Dec., 2014

17th Dec.,2014
6th February’15




Second International Home Care Nurses Organization Conference: Person –Centered Care In Home –Based Nursing Services Models, Nursing Roles and Competencies,

Singapore, attendance as a Speaker. Fostering Mental Health and Eliminating Stigma;


TBL session, taken by Dr. Kannan, Dean RAKCOMs, RAKMHSU CNE, Journal Nursing club Presentation “
: by
Dr. Shukri Adams
Herbal Therapy: by
Dr. Maragatham
Cardiology Update”














International Home Care Nurses Organization (IHCNO) Tsao Foundation ,
Singapore.

RAK- Medical Health Sciences University, Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE, in association with Saif &IBHO Hospital & RAK Medical District, MOH, on Friday, at RAKMHSU. RAKCON, RAKMHSU
RAKCON, RAK- Medical Health Sciences University, Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE RAKCON, RAK- Medical Health Sciences University, Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE RAK Medical and Health Sciences University in association with RAK Medical District, IBHO Hospital & Cardiology Society of India (Emirates Chapter), on Friday, at RAKMHSU.


















20th February’15

Pedia care
- A concise journey towards child care” .
AKMG Emirates RAK Chapter, on Friday, at RAKMHSU.
24th October 2014 Fostering Mental Health and Eliminating Stigma MOH, IBOH and RAKMHSU
17-18th October, 2014 Update in Nephrology and Transplantation MOH, EMA-N, RAKMHSU
12th October, 2014 Relationship Between Mental & Physical Health ENA, EMA, SHA
  Dr.Arnel 24th October 2014 Fostering Mental Health and Eliminating Stigma MOH, IBOH and RAKMHSU
17-18th October, 2014 Update in Nephrology and Transplantation MOH, EMA-N, RAKMHSU
12th October, 2014 Relationship Between Mental & Physical Health ENA, EMA, SHA
29th May 2014 Infectious Diseases in the United Arab Emirates Center for Arab Genomic Studies
  Ms.Manju A. Nair 19th Jan, 2015


13th Jan 2015


17th Jan, 2015


11th Dec, 2014





Organized and conducted TBL on Ebola as a part of CNE activity of RAK CON
Participated and presented on RAK CON in Career Fair organized for school children at Le Meridian Hotel, Dubai
Herbal therapy organized by CNE committee, RAK CON

Participated in the seminar on Carrer Orientation at Our Own Indian School
RAK CON


Young Vision


RAK CON


Our Own Indian School
13th Jan 2015 Participated and presented on RAK CON in Career Fair organized for school children at Le Meridian Hotel, Dubai Young Vision
17th Jan, 2015 Herbal therapy organized by CNE committee, RAK CON RAK CON
11th Dec, 2014 Participated in the seminar on Carrier Orientation at Our Own Indian School Our Own English High School
  Ms.Vimala Edwin 19th January 2015 Work shop on TBL RAKCON, RAKMHSU.
5th February 2015 Workshop on Concepts of Evidence based Practice
Speaker
Ministry of Health, UAE
  Ms. Fatma Magdi 19th&20th October2014 Faculty Orientation workshop RAKMHSU
24th October 2014 COFERENENCE about fostering mental health and eliminate stigma RAKMHSU
15th November 2014 Communication skills workshop RAKMHSU
13th December 2014 Microteaching workshop RAKMHSU
  Dr. Prema Krishnan 19 & 20th October, 2014



Workshop – “Faculty Orientation”



Centre for Educational Development and Research (CEDAR), RAK
Medical Health Sciences University


24th October, 2014
Conference- “Fostering Mental Health and Eliminating Stigma” RAKMHSU
15th November, 2014 Workshop – Communication Skills
Centre for Educational Development and Research (CEDAR), RAK
Medical Health Sciences University
21st February, 2015
Workshop- Team Based Learning
Centre for Educational Development and Research (CEDAR), RAK
Medical Health Sciences University
    29.11.14 Modern Emergency Care Emergency Professional Practice Group – MOH
    24.01.2015 Multiple Choice Questions Ras Al Khaimah Medical and Health Sciences University,
CEDAR-Center for Educational Development and Research
    21.02.2015 Team Based Learning Ras Al Khaimah Medical and Health Sciences University,
CEDAR-Center for Educational Development and Research





Faculty Picnic As part of faculty development the RAKCON first time organized the picnic to the Jais Mountains, Ras Al Khaimah for the faculty on 19thJanuary 2015. It is specifically arranged with the goal of knowing each other better and work in unity to achieve the vision ,mission and goals and objectives of RAKCON.
22 faculty and 2 staffs participated. There were many activities arranged for the faculty like games and other creative activities. The faculty involved themselves in making

barbecue, Vegetable salad and tea. It was very enjoyable movement expressed by the faculty and requested the dean to have picnic in the coming year also.
Community Involvement Activities 2014-2015
RAK College of Nursing students and faculty involved in the community services which enabled the students to appreciate the importance of community services. It had also been an effective learning tool and the volunteering and had helped them to gain more confidence. All the following activities shown below reflected faculty and student’s participation in community services: The BSN 5th & 7th Semester students were invited to participate as volunteers in two community health campaigns. The campaigns were as follows:

  • Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) - National Health Campaign, for (3) weeks, started from (16th Nov., 2014) to (20th Nov., 2014) and (14/01/2015-14/01/2015); under affiliation of MOH-RAK Medical District-Preventive Medicine-UAE.
  • Public Health Campaign under affiliation of Indian Association for One day (14/11/2014)


Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV)
In the first week, the total number of BSN students who
participated in this campaign were (26) students: (23 students BSN, 4th Yr.) & (3 students BSN, 3rd Yr.). All 4th yr. students worked for 4 days/week (16, 17, 19,20 of November,2014) except 3rd year students worked for 2 days only/week (16, 17 of November,2014)
In each group, we have assigned a leader to take the attendance. I shadowed the groups' leaders by green. For any question or any problem inform the group's leader.
In the second week, the total number of BSN 4th
year and RN-BSN Bridge program students 2nd year who are participated in this campaign was(11) students: ( 6students BSN , 4th Yr.) & (5 students RNBSN , 2nd Yr.).
The role of the students in the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) was:
Providing oral vaccine to the children and Document all the demographic data for the children who came for vaccination
Community Project Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qassimi Foundation
Application for Seed Funding:
A Feasibility Study: Eat Well Assist
‘Breaking the intergenerational cycle – targeting parents to improve children’s health and wellbeing outcomes’ Introduction
Obesity is a problem that has reached epidemic proportions around the globe, reaching an “alarming level” in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. In this region the prevalence of overweight and obesity is 3-9% in preschool children, 12-15% in school children, 15-45% in adolescents, 35-75% in women and 30-60% in men [1].
In the United Arab Emirates, 21.5% of children are overweight and 13.7% are obese and this has been attributed largely to growing urbanisation and altered dietary patterns [2]. A study of 13-18 year old adolescents in Jeddah identified that 44.6% were overweight. Their increased weight and poor nutrition status were associated with poor dietary habits [3].
Diet is one of the primary, modifiable lifestyle risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, stroke, and diabetes which are leading causes of disability and mortality globally [4], placing massive burdens on health budgets, productivity and quality of life. Conversely, consumption of nutritious, minimally processed foods is associated with reduced chronic disease risk [5] and better psychological wellbeing [6, 7].
Intergenerational effects of poor diet on children’s health are perpetuated (a) directly by obesity and diabetes in pregnant women and (b) indirectly via feeding, parenting and parental eating behaviours that contribute to the development of unhealthy diets in children. Proposal
We are developing a program, ‘Eat Well Assist’, to improve children’s diets by influencing maternal diets, effective parenting and child feeding practices in a series of 5 workshops during pregnancy and 5 workshops post birth. The aim is to target expecting parents during pregnancy to a) address parents’ diets b) increase fathers’ participation c) improve nutrition status during pregnancy and d) establish a relationship that will be continued into infancy and early childhood. EatWell Assist is being established under the banner of Maternity Assist, a new innovation first conceived in the UK to aid the communication of health information to expecting mothers, their partners, and family members or close friends to improve the health of mothers and their babies. The purpose of the current proposal is to explore current diets, parenting and feeding practices of parents and children in Ras Al Khamiah, United Arab Emirates via focus groups; identify what mothers/parents want for their children, run a couple of introductory sessions at the primary care centres from the program on nutrition, parenting and feeding practices, and identify their willingness to do the EatWell Assist program if it were made available.
Benefits:
RAK will receive the following benefits from this feasibility study:

  • A review of maternal and infant dietary and nutritional educational programmes to develop national guidelines and recommendations that will improve outcomes for pregnant women, infants and families.
  • Introduce (2) EatWell Assist (taster) sessions on healthy diet and nutrition at primary care centres and evaluate expectant and new parents acceptability, satisfaction and their willingness to do the EatWell Assist program.
  • Preliminary research findings from undertaking focus groups with local expectant/new parents to gain an insight into the current diets, parenting and feeding practices of parents and children in Ras Al Khamiah
  • Collaboration between local and international partners.
  • International partners prepared to give their time to undertake the feasibility study and undertake fieldwork in Ras Al Khamiah

This feasibility study corresponds to RAK’s Research Strategies & Priorities 2013-2018:

  • “Disseminate research that provides new knowledge relevant to public policy ….Communicate research findings to policy makers.”
  • “Network of international and national research partners.”
  • “Public health policy and planning.”

Project team and international participants
The project team will involve:

  • Dr. S Gurumadhva Rao, VC, RAK Medical & Health Sciences University
  • Dr Vijaya Kumardhas, Dean, School of Nursing, RAK, Medical & Health Sciences University
  • Professor Mary Steen, University of South Australia (UniSA)
  • Dr Natalie Parletta, Senior Research Fellow (UniSA)
  • Johaina Idriss, Dietician (UAE and PhD candidate, University of Chester, UK)
  • Duncan Fisher OBE, Family Included Global Alliance, UK
  • Richard Mottershead, Senior Lecturer/ PhD candidate, University of Chester, UK (raised as a child in RAK)

Project Responsibilities:
Duncan Fisher (OBE) with support from Professor Mary Steen will oversee the management of the feasibility study.
Dr. Gurumadhva Rao, VC at RAKMHSU and Dr Vijaya Kumardhas, Dean at RAKMHSU will be the local collaborators who will be responsible for ethical approval to undertake the feasibility study, the co-ordination and liaising with health staff at primary care centres.
Dr Natalie Parletta and Johaina Idriss, will recruit, prepare and undertake the EatWell Assist, ‘Taster’ sessions and follow up information guidance.
Dr Natalie Parletta, Johaina Idriss, and Professor Mary Steen will undertake the review on maternal/family and infant dietary and nutritional educational programs.
Professor Mary Steen and Richard Mottershead will undertake the focus groups with expectant/new parents and undertake a thematic analysis of verbatim using the Ritchie and Spencer, 1994 Analytical Framework.
All members of the local and international team will participate in developing and writing of guidelines to promote healthy diets and nutritional intake for expectant/new parents.
All members of the team will be involved in writing a publication to be submitted to a high impact factor, open access journal.
International conference presentations will also disseminate this preliminary research.
All members of the team will be proactive to find further funding to undertake the larger Eat Well Assist program research study.
Team experience / qualifications
Duncan Fisher (International, UK)
Professor Mary Steen (International, Australia)
Dr Gurumadhva Rao, (Local, RAK)
Dr Vijaya Kumardhas (Local RAK)
Dr Natalie Parletta (International, Australia)
Johaina Idriss (Local, UAE)
Richard Mottershead (Local/International RAK/UK)
References
1. Musaiger, A.O., Overweight and obesity in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: can we control it? Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 2004. 10(6): p. 789-793.
2. Malik, M. and A. Bakir, Prevalence of overweight and obesity among children in the United Arab Emirates. Obesity Reviews, 2006. 8(1): p. 15-20.
3. Washi, S.A. and M.B. Ageib, Poor diet quality and food habits are related to impaired nutritional status in 13 to 18-year-old adolescents in Jeddah. Nutrition Research, 2010. 30: p. 527-534.
4. World-Health-Organisation, Global health risks, mortality and burden of disease attributable to selected major health risks. 2009: Geneva, Switzerland.
5. Sofi, F., et al., Adherence to Mediterranean diet and health status: a meta-analysis. BMJ, 2008. 337: p. a1344.
6. Oyebode, O., et al., Fruit and vegetable consumption and all-cause, cancer and CVD mortality: analysis of Health Survey for England data. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 2014. Online first doi:10.1136/jech-2013-203500.
7. Parletta, N., C.M. Milte, and B. Meyer, Nutritional modulation of cognitive function and mental health. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, 2013. 24(5): p. 725-743. New Community Need Based Program:
Plans to start midfwifery program in the next academic year to cater the RAK community and UAE based on the need of the community. This will be in partnership with University of South Australia, Adelade. Community events organized by the students for 2014-2015


S.No.
>Event Organizer >Date of Event >Event title and details
1
RAK Medical District
6th November 2014 “ Healthy Heart”
Walkathon at Cornish Al Qwasim
RAKMHSU Students participated
2 Saqr hospital and RAK Medical District- Breast feeding Committee 13th November 2014 “Support Breast Cancer patients” Walkathon, at Saqr Hospital
RAKMHSU Students participated
3 RAK Medical District 1st week” - Period: 16th - 20th Nov 2014
2nd week- Period: 23rd -27th Nov 2014
Polio Vaccination Campaign
4th year - Semester I BSN college students volunteered for the campaign
RN-BSN 2nd year and BSN-4th year students volunteered for the campaign