Mason Offers Nursing Education to Saudi Arabian Students

Posted: June 8, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

Students from Saudi Arabia recently began a program at George Mason’s ollege of Nursing and Health Science (CNHS) that prepares them to become registered nurses. Upon completion of their studies, the students return to Saudi Arabia to seek employment in hospitals or government agencies.

The five-year, $1.8 million program is funded by the Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Foundation as part of a comprehensive nursing and scientific education initiative to address the shortage of qualified health care workers in Saudi Arabia.

“The nursing work force shortage has escalated to a global level, and the Saudis realize they must prepare their own citizens to meet the health care needs of their nation,” says Rita Carty, CNHS dean and director of the program. This is the second time George Mason has been invited by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to offer this baccalaureate training, she says. A similar program was implemented in 1995.

Currently, 10 students are in the program, and six more begin in the fall. The students represent a variety of educational and professional backgrounds. Some already are nurses who are pursuing advanced degrees in the profession, some have careers in science-related fields,and others come from careers unrelated to health care.

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