School of Nursing and Midwifery

Aisha Omairan

Aisha Omairan

Degrees obtained including University attended and award classification

  • MSc in Advanced Nursing (Education) University of Salford, Manchester, 2012
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing with honor King Abdul-Aziz University, 2008

Country of origin: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Research Cluster: Maternal and Child Health

Research title: Nurses' perceptions of evidence-based practice in NICU in Saudi Arabia

Description / summary of project

Evidence based practice (EBP) considered one of the most important developments in recent years, has evolved as a tool for improving the quality of health care. Several studies have shown EBP to be safe and cost-effective. Nurses have welcomed EBP and shown a positive attitude toward it and have expressed desire to learn more about it. This is consistent in most studies done in different countries. However, some studies found considerable misunderstanding about terms and websites used in EBP. The major barriers to the practice of EBP perceived by Nurses in different studies include insufficient time and evidence. Training has been found to be conducive to the implementation and promotion of EBP Because of the growing awareness of the limitations of traditional information on clinical decisions, there is a shift in medical practice towards evidence based practice (EBP). In exploratory descriptive design will used in carrying out this study to explore professional nurses’ views on EBP. This will include the assessment of two main factors in EBP in clinical nursing practice: skills and knowledge and the barriers to the implementation of EBP. NICU Nurses practising at the Ministry of Health Hospitals in Jeddah region, Saudi Arabia.

Experience of studying at QUB

Once I get to Queens University Belfast I discover a different culture from the one that I used to. I expected to change and to learn how to cope with the challenges that will occur once I have crossed that great bridge.

Many of the wonderful people I have met and have each left a special place in my heart and mind. I truly look forward to the opportunity to expose myself to the exceptionally diverse community of a major university. After rethinking some of the diverse people I have come into contact with while attending Queens University Belfast, I believe that having the opportunity to meet more people from many diverse cultural backgrounds could teach me more about life than anyone else.

I encourage everyone to go abroad, no matter where you go in the world. You will have a new appreciation for the culture. Challenging yourself both mentally and academically is the greatest reward. The most rewarding part is what you take back from the whole experience. The country you study abroad in will always be a part of who you are. I highly encourage going abroad, you will never regret it!

I have learned things that apply to both for my personal and academic life in so many ways.