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Chapter #7 Part 3: Master of Nursing (Nursing Education)

بِسۡـــــــــمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡـمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِـــــــيمِ

Assalamu`alaikum and greetings to all…

Credits to Mr Rasheedan Ellin for sharing the photos in his Facebook page. To obtain a Master is one of my wish lists which not yet come true. In shaa Allah, after gaining a total of ± 10 years experience in nursing field, I will came back to Malaysia and further my study. I do realise that the more we study, the more we do not know. Knowledge is something that does not have an ending and all praise to Allah S.W.T.

My XP Level: 7 years 6 months. Basically, I have another 2 years and 6 months to stabilise my financial status and make sure everything is under control. Indeed, I can only plan and the best planner is always Allah S.W.T.

Bittaufiq wannajah! Wish me all the best my readers!

UNIMAS Gemilang!

“Dan kepunyaan-Nya lah segala apa yang ada di langit dan di bumi dan untuk-Nya lah ketaatan itu selama-lamanya. Maka mengapa kamu bertakwa kepada selain Allah? Dan apa saja nikmat yang ada pada kamu, maka daripada Allah lah (datangnya) dan apabila kamu ditimpa oleh kemudaratan, maka hanya kepada-Nya kamu meminta pertolongan.”

(Surah An-Nahl 16: 52-53)

Until we meet again.

May peace be upon you.

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Chapter #7 Part 2: Time Back

بِسۡـــــــــمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡـمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِـــــــيمِ

Assalamu`alaikum and greetings to all…

After came back from my second vacation last month, I had been working every three to four days with only one day off in between. This is expected during holiday season like Christmas and New Year, regardless which hospital we work. It was tiring but worth with the payment that we received at the end of the month.

One of the good thing I found working in KSA is they are really strict about working hours. Here, we work for 264 hours in 6 weeks. Compared to those working office hours, we have to work another 12 hours in other to be equal like the office hours staff. For your information, the office hours on Sunday until Wednesday is from 0730-1700 hrs, Thursday 0730-1600 hrs, Friday and Saturday is day off.

As a staff nurse working in shift hours 0700-1900 hrs and/or 1900 hrs-0700 hrs, our day off can be fall on any day. During this day off, if we attend a course or a workshop, we are entitled for a time back. Meaning that no hours being wasted just like that. Once our time back reached 12 hours or more, we can request for a day off in any day of our regular duty. Another option (depend on the management), the time back can be granted as over time and we can earn money from there.

In my case, I got a day off and it stretched for 7 days. Yikes! Longest day off I ever had as a staff nurse. Hopefully, the nursing management in Malaysia will implement this kind of system too.

Use every chance to visit Al-Haram Makkah

“Demi masa. Sesungguhnya manusia dalam kerugian. Kecuali orang yang beriman dan mengerjakan amal soleh serta saling menasihati untuk kebenaran dan saling menasihati untuk kesabaran”

(Surah Al-‘Asr 103: 1-3)

Until we meet again.

May peace be upon you.

Chapter #7 Part 1: My Hope for Nursing in Malaysia

بِسۡـــــــــمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡـمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِـــــــيمِ

Assalamu`alaikum and greetings to all…

If I have a super power, here are some changes that I will do to make nursing in Malaysia much better. This is based on my personal opinion and experience working in three different institution, at two different country. Honestly, I can rant about all the negative issues I encountered when I was a Jururawat U41 but let just put it aside.

The Road Not Taken in KSA

Nursing Education

We all know that knowledge is power. The qualification of all nurses in Malaysia should be at least Bachelor of Nursing a.k.a Degree. When all the nurses have same basic education background, their knowledge can be reflected on the nursing practice and hopefully they can provide a quality nursing care.

What is going to happen to Jururawat U29? At certain point in their years of service, I think they should upgrade their education level and this requirement must be put as compulsory. Otherwise, the old-school-unwilling-to-change-nurses should be removed from the system. Their presence is just like a parasite. As time goes by, their grade will goes up by default and until now we did not see any different because they just counting days for retirement.

Moreover, all Degree nurses should be encourage to further study. The Institut Latihan Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia (ILKKM) should stop producing Diploma nurses and focus on training specialized nurses in Intensive Care, Hemodialysis, Labour and Delivery etc. There are numbers of experience nurses out there who can become a very good Clinical Instructor and Lecturer but unfortunately we do not have enough post for Pengajar U41. 

Those who are working in specialized area must complete and renew their privileges every 3 years. It begin with attending a class, sit for exam (if applicable), get a check-off during the class and after that hands-on in the clinical setting. This is to ensure that their knowledge and skill is up-to-date with evidence based practice.

Nursing Development

Since most of us graduate from different nursing school, the standardization of nursing practice is very important when we come to the clinical area a.k.a hospital. Here, the management level of nursing play a major role by ensuring all appointed nurses in the government passed the Lembaga Jururawat Malaysia test and passed all subject covered in the nursing syllabus. Failed in English and Mathematics is not acceptable as later on we will be dealing with a real patient. Patient’s safety should not be compromised just because of incompetency of the nurses.

The nursing management team should come out with Internal Policy and Procedure (IPP) for all nursing practices that is going to be applied in all hospital under Ministry of Health (MoH). In the IPP, there must be a Title/Description, Index Number, Effective Date, Replaces Number, Applies To, Approved By and complete details on how the procedure must be done.

Honestly, I did not know what are the job scope of the Dark-Blue-Nurses working in MoH. For me, those nurses working office hours and sitting in front of the computer most of the time should review, update and sometimes drop the IPP from the system based on current research findings. Continuous search, read and appraise the research article is the main task and it is time consuming. A lot of thinking and writing involved here. Therefore, they should have access to all reliable databases which I don’t think we have at the moment.

I always wondering what happen to all the Final Year Project or research done by nursing students? Where we can get access to their paper? Does the management have effort to publish the papers in any database? You tell me the answer.

Nurses in the clinical area should only become the end-user of the IPP and not the one who have to do both management and clinical responsibilities at the same time. This is one of the reason why I happily resign from the MoH because of the unclear and unfair job distribution.

Nursing Practice

Sooner or later, we have to work towards a paperless hospital. Everything should be computerized and system generated. At first, it is going to be complicated but once we get used to the system, our work will be much easier.

Should we changed to 12-hours shift? Personally, I do not think it is a good idea because our nurse-patient ratio is not ideal and our huge Bed-Occupancy-Rate (BOR). No matter how much working hours we have, it will never get enough. Everybody should aware about this and that’s why we have continuity of care.

Furthermore, the National Nursing Audit (NNA) should stop focusing on the 5 procedures only: Administration of Oral Medication, Administration of Intravenous Infusion, Aseptic Wound Dressing, Blood/Blood Component Transfusion, and Pain as 5th Vital Signs. Please move on and cover other procedures also.

Nursing Payment

Once we manage to improve on our nursing model and development with a clear career pathway, that’s the only time we can ask to increase our basic salary. When this happen, all nurses working abroad will faithfully come back and serve for people of Malaysia.

 

“Berubahlah. Bila kita anti-perubahan, kita sebenarnya tidak berfikiran terbuka.”

(Azizul Azli Ahmad – Otak Power)

Until we meet again.

May peace be upon you.

Chapter #6 Part 5: SCFHS

Assalamu`alaikum and greetings to all…

Happy Teachers Day!!!

Alhamdulillah, finally I got my Saudi Council a.k.a Saudi Commission For Health Specialties (SCFHS) Registration and Accreditation Certificate. It took 9 months to complete the procedure and the most nerve-wrecking process we have to endure as a non-Saudi practitioner.

Why is it very important? The certificate is actually our Registration Licence to practice as a nurse in KSA. Without the licence, we cannot apply for Iqama/Residence Permit. One of the requirement to apply to the SCFHS is we must have a valid Basic Life Support (BLS) Certificate. Prior to that, we must have a verification result from DataFlow Group and pass the Prometric Exam.

Moreover, the purpose of verification is to ensure that health practitioners can practice health profession competently and safely, free of practitioners holding fraud and forgery certificate. Make sense right!

Total cost: DataFlow Group (SAR800) + SCFHS Accreditation and Registration Fee (SAR600 + SAR200 + SAR160) + Prometric Exam (USD239)

Specialty: Nursing Technician

This year the procedure is very complicated as SCFHS just implement the online application system. My advice to you – Be patient! Sooner or later, we will get the certificate insya-Allah.

P/S: Ramadhan Kareem 1439H!!!

“Wahai orang yang beriman! Diwajibkan atas kamu berpuasa sebagaimana diwajibkan atas orang sebelum kamu, agar kamu bertakwa.” 

(Surah Al-Baqarah 2: 183) 

Until we meet again.

May peace be upon you.

Chapter #6 Part 4: Compare and Contrast

Assalamu`alaikum and greetings to all…

Happy Nurses Day!!!

My dear, if you have a Degree in Nursing here are some of the options that can help in your career pathway. Again, this is based on my short experience and it cannot be generalized to all health care institutions. Insya-Allah I will update the information from time to time.

Private Nurse

Designation: Staff Nurse

Salary: Starting RM1200 and above

Process: Send your resume (by post or email) to the Human Resource. Wait for their reply

Interview: Hospital Director/Dr/Head Nurse/Clinician will be there to interview you. While waiting for your turn, you will sit for a simple exam just to know your current level of knowledge. Immediate result can be obtain depends on how urgent they want to fill up the vacancy

Uniform: Ready made

Accommodation: Limited

Shift: AM (7 hours), PM (7 hours), ND (10 hours)

Job scope: Nursing and extended roles

Nursing practice: Based on your nursing school. No standardized policy and procedure. Hospital orientation can finished in 1 day. Documentation in paper.

Government Nurse

Designation: Jururawat Terlatih U41

Salary: Starting RM2500 and above

Process: Fill up online in SPA website

Interview: Wait for a letter or email from SPA. Follow the instruction in the letter and arrange properly the documents needed. 1 representative from SPA and 1 from Nursing will be there to interview you. No exam.

Uniform: Linen provided

Accommodation: Limited

Shift: AM (7 hours), PM (7 hours), ND (10 hours)

Annual leave: 30 days

Job scope: Nursing and extended roles

Nursing practice: Based on your nursing school. No standardized policy and procedure except Blood Transfusion, Medication Administration, Dressing, IV Fluid Administration. 3 days of hospital orientation. Documentation in paper.

International Nurse

Designation: Staff Nurse 1

Salary: Starting RM10,000 and above

Process: Contact trusted working agency

Interview: International phone interview based on the hospital and your date availability

Uniform: Ready made

Accommodation: Unlimited and fully furnished

Shift: AM (12 hours), ND (12 hours)

Annual leave: 54 days

Job scope: Nursing only

Nursing practice: Standardized internal policy and procedure. 2 days of hospital orientation. 5 days of nursing orientation. 5 days of privileges classes for critical area and followed by examination. Computerized documentation.

Last updated: 12.05.2018

P/S: Congratulation Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad – 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia

I’m Malaysian working in KSA

Until we meet again.

May peace be upon you.

Chapter #6 Part 3: Prometric Exam and First Vacation

Assalamu`alaikum and greetings to all…

Alhamdulillah, I passed my 3 months probation period and another 3 months I was struggling to settle my expired visa, apply for Iqama and Saudi Council. Just for you information, nurses from Malaysia now have to sit for Prometric Exam. Once payment in Saudi Riyal through SADAD has been done, an eligibility number will be email to us and we have to book for Prometric Exam no later than 3 months of our application date. To book for the exam, go to https://securereg3.prometric.com and follow the instruction. At the end of it, we have to pay USD239 via credit card. Please be reminded that not all date are available for the exam.

The Prometric a.k.a. Saudi Licencing Examination is a computer based exam and there are total of 150 multiple choice questions. We have to answer 75 questions within 1 hour and 30 minutes, 15 minutes break, another 75 questions within 1 hour 30 minutes. The topics covered are Fundamental of Nursing, Medical, Surgical, Maternity, Pediatric, Critical Care, Psychiatric, Community Health, Leadership and Management, and Research. At the end of the exam, we will be informed whether we passed or failed. The question is almost like Lembaga Jururawat Malaysia (LJM) exam. To prepare for the exam, I highly recommend my colleagues to answer practice questions at this website https://nurse.plus

After 6 months in KSA, it’s time to go home for my first vacation. I got 5 weeks of annual leaves and it was the longest leaves I ever had in my nursing career. Travelling from Bintulu – Sibu – Kuching and vice versa by flights and cars. Indeed, it was a memorable experience. My mother always asked when I will go home again?  I do not have the answer. Probably after 6 more months, Insya-Allah.

Home sweet home

Separated from my friends and family members while working abroad, feeling lonely and isolated. Those are the sacrifices I have to do in order to earn for a good living. Be strong Syahirah. You can do it! 

Until we meet again.

May peace be upon you.

Chapter #6 Part 2: Pre-Departure to KSA Checklist

Assalamu`alaikum and greetings to all…

It has been two months I left my hometown and now living as an expatriate. So, how’s life? Alhamdulillah, everything is under control. The weather is good, the food is nice and there are many places of interest I need to explore. Anyhow, I just want to share some of the things that we need to prepare before we come to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

Goodbye MAS… Welcome KSA

  • Money

No money, no talk! If you are female, first time travelling abroad, and no family members in KSA, please prepare enough pocket money at least RM5k. Half of it change to US dollar and another half to Saudi Riyal. The USD just keep it for emergency purpose and the SAR for our expenses here. The first thing we need to buy is a sim card using our passport number. I bought STC Sawa Ziyarah for SAR30 with validity for 60 days. Otherwise, the food price is about SAR15 per pack and I have to pay certain amount of money for Saudi Council Temporary Licence. Only after that, we can apply for Iqama (Saudi ID) for other transaction.

  • Clothing

It is the culture for female to cover their hair and wear modestly. 3 pieces of abaya is enough because we can buy more here. In addition, just bring your casual cloths, pyjamas, bras and panties, basic uniform needs such as white inner and socks. We are allowed to bring 22kg+22kg international baggage. However, for domestic flight is only 7kg+30kg.

  • Foods

For a couple of days, you probably just want to eat food that you are familiar with. Do not expect the taste of the food would be the same like Malaysian foods because our taste buds are different. You can bring 3-in-1 drinks, instant noodles, chili sauce, ketchup and soy sauce. You can bring any kind of food as long as it did not exceed your baggage weight.

  • Reading material

Once you are officially unemployed and just waiting for your flight ticket, please read the materials given by agency. The reading material is provided by the hospital because we will be expected to sit for some exams once we start working in KSA. The passing marks is 80% and the exam are: Medication Administration, ECG Need Assessment, Blood and Blood Product Administration, BLS and ACLS. We come here for work, so be knowledgeable and prove that you have the working experience.

  • Miscellaneous

Laptop, extension wires, travel adapter, skin care products, pantyliner, pads, shampoo, soap, bath towel, hand towel, shoes, slipper, iron, rice cooker, water heater, hand bag, back pack, files, stationery, nursing thingy – name card holder, lanyard, nurses watch, pen torch, scissors, small note book, A4 paper, Tupperware bottle, container and utensils, etc…

The flight is about 7 hours from Kuala Lumpur to Jeddah and the time difference is 5 hours. Therefore, jet lag is normal and we will be expected to report duty on the next day. Therefore, we have to prepare our physical, mental and emotional. It is going to be a tough 2 weeks but eventually we will pass all the obstacles. No turning back. Always remember everything we do is because of Allah SWT.

“Dan barangsiapa berhijrah di jalan Allah, nescaya mereka akan mendapati di bumi ini tempat hijrah yang luas dan (rezeki) yang banyak. Barangsiapa keluar dari rumahnya dengan maksud berhijrah kerana Allah dan rasul-Nya, kemudian kematian menimpanya (sebelum sampai ke tempat yang dituju), maka sesungguhnya pahalanya telah ditetapkan di sisi Allah. Dan sesungguhnya Allah Maha Pengampun lagi Maha Penyayang.” 

(Surah Al-Nisa’ 4: 100) 

Until we meet again.

May peace be upon you.

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