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|Committed to Learning|
In the Middle East, a commitment to advancement and learning has been the hallmark of this nurse's career.
In a decade-long nursing career, Mustafa Mohammed Al-Zu’bi, RN, CPHQ, CPPS, has worked in some of the most heart-wrenching areas of medicine—oncology, pediatric, and neonatal intensive care. His resume is a reflection of how complicated the job can be—from managing cardiac monitors and administering chemotherapy to helping patients and their families prepare for transitions to step-down units or to home. This is work that tests both sides of the brain—the intellectual, skills-based side as well as the emotional, human side.
In 2008, after two years as a critical care nurse at King Hussain Cancer Center, he left his native Jordan to become a critical care nurse in the pediatric and neonatal intensive care units of a new hospital, Saad Specialist Hospital, in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. There, in addition to providing clinical care, Mr. Al-Zu’bi took on other responsibilities reflective of his interest in quality improvement and staff training. He became a certified instructor in basic life support (BLS), advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS); and pediatric advanced life support (PALS), as well as a certified instructor in Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ACTN).
Another hallmark of Mr. Al-Zu’bi’s career has been his commitment to advancement and learning. At Saad Specialty Hospital, he has been involved in performance improvement projects and activities and in preparing for accreditation surveys. He joined the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety at NPSF (ASPPS) in 2014, and recently added the certified professional in patient safety credential (CPPS) to his qualifications.
As his organization continues to develop its electronic medical record system, Mr. Al-Zu’bi is now working on clinical content development. “My focus is on creating clinical guidelines to reflect best practices and to set the standards for care in our organization,” he said. “We have a very strong focus on patient safety, and having the CPPS credential helped me qualify for this new role within the organization.
“Many hospitals here in the Middle East put a high value on patient safety and recognize and respect the CPPS credential,” he said.