I thought it would be interesting to hear from a Saudi male nurse. Nurses in general are not always respected in the society, and sometimes male nurses get an even harder time for their choice of profession. Saudi nurses of both gender are still the minority of the workforce in KSA. Most nurses are recruited from Asian countries, North America, Europe and the surrounding Arab countries. Out of the Saudi nurses there is a higher percentage of males than females than there is in western countries in general. I asked one very inspiring and empathetic Saudi male nurse to be interviewed for my blog and he agreed.
Thank you for agreeing to be interviewed!
What inspired you to become a nurse?
Actually my sister showed me the first sign about nursing. She is also a nurse in childrens cancer centre. After I graduated from high school she mentioned to me about nursing ( I didn’t know anything about nursing at that time ) then I read about it, actually I liked it and then applied to the college and they accepted me.
At King Saud University nursing college. I studied 5 years the 5th year was internship.
No they didn’t have specializing, it was generalized about everything (medical- surgical – ICU- psychiatric- gynecology- maternity. pediatrics- emergency and research)
No, only in the hospital sometimes.
I graduated at 2009 and my internship was in King Fahad medical city then I joined King Faisal Specialist Hospital and I work on surgical urology ward.
For me no I dont feel that way but some of my friends they feel the same until now.
About patients many of them are very supportive and they are really proud of us but there is some of them that don’t respect us (I don’t know why).
Yes it was very easy for me because of my specialty its very rare in my country and they need Saudi nurses.
How old are you now, and where do you picture yourself in the next 10 years time? What are your career plans?
23 years old. After 10 years actually I don’t consider a position in management but I´d like to improve my knowledge and my practice by working as staff for maximum 2-3 years then I will complete my studying for master and PHD.
Male nurses are not allowed to treat female patients in Saudi-Arabia. Did the school still educate you on female anatomy? Do you know how to deal with emergency situations like assist in labor and delivery if no one else is available to help?
Working with female patients honestly, it embarrassed me in the beginning but with the time I got used to it. In emergency situations I will do whatever I have to do.
Family opinion is important in all aspects of life in the Kingdom,what was your families reaction to your choice of career?
My family are supportive about anything I choose for me in my life.
Of course Islam teaches us to help other people especially if the others really need us.
Would you like to share with us a memorable experience with a patient, something that made you feel you have made a difference in the patients and their families lives?
I liked this question the most.