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Brief history of the programme

Adult Critical Care Nursing​

The program was inaugurated under the auspices of the Medical and Surgical Nursing Department at the College of Nursing - University of Hail in the academic year 2021-2022 AD (1442-1443 AH). It is taught in collaboration with other academic departments within the College of Nursing and is overseen by a team of specialized and qualified faculty members. The first cohort of the program graduated in the academic year 2022-2023 AD (1443-1444 AH). 

The Master of Adult Critical Care Nursing program was established in response to the healthcare challenges and national policy development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Its primary objective is to cultivate a specialized Saudi nursing cadre capable of delivering exceptional care to critically ill adults. This includes disease prevention, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and management of a spectrum of complex emerging health issues. Graduates of the program will be equipped to assume leadership and specialized care roles in various clinical nursing settings, thereby addressing the shortage of specialized nursing staff and gradually replacing non-Saudi nursing personnel. 

While critical care as a specialty is relatively new, advances in medicine and technology have made nursing care for seriously injured and severely ill patients more complex. Adult critical care nursing demands specialized knowledge and skills as care delivery mechanisms evolve to support patients' ongoing monitoring and treatment needs. The practice of adult intensive care nursing has significantly improved over the past few decades. This is evident in the rapid evolution of knowledge about the pathophysiology of life-threatening conditions and the technological advancements that enable the monitoring and treatment of adult patients with these conditions. 

In light of the increasing incidence and prevalence of acute medical conditions among adults in Saudi Arabia, there is a growing demand for nursing staff specializing in critical care. This demand is essential to meet the healthcare needs of critically ill patients in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.​