NCGSI winner announced as Lebanese nurse, Rita Akiki
Earlier this year, we launched a Nightingale Challenge Global Solutions Initiative in collaboration with Jaya Mental Health. The focus of this challenge was on supporting nurses in their leadership development journey.
We are pleased to announce the winner of this challenge is Rita Akiki, a registered nurse from Lebanon, working at the Aboujaoude Hospital.
Rita and her team developed the Cross Training Programme which aims to empower nurses and respond to emerging health needs. This solution also improves nurses’ morale and job satisfaction by providing ‘cross-training’ and continuously updating nurses on new routines and procedures.
Read more from Rita below…
When I received the e-mail that informed me that I have been selected as the winner of the Nursing Now Challenge Global Solutions Initiative, I was shocked and grateful to the Nursing Now Challenge team and Jaya Mental Health. I felt so proud, happy and overwhelmed by the recognition of the job that all the nurses team did. I felt inspired by realising this major accomplishment. I realise that nurses can make a positive difference and they can influence others.
This achievement inspires our early-career nurse team members to trust that they can achieve their ideas. This shows them that learning and training are a pleasure, a privilege and a gift.
The team is planning to expand the training programme in order to cover other specialties. We are planning to “open the doors” of the operating room to be more familiar and welcoming the fresh graduate nurses. This advocacy embraces the role of each team member, empowers nurses and raises awareness of the important role of nurses, demonstrating the power of their potential, knowledge and expertise.
In spite of the several challenges that Lebanese nurses are facing, we always aspire to achieve excellence.