To achieve the vision of 2030, transformation program of ministry of health was identified as a modified version of the Saudi national health strategy, it waslaunched earlier in 2016. It included fifteen strategic objectives. The program has paradigm shift toward public health and preventive care. For objectives number five six and seven all are about improving the capacity of the preventive health care system by increasing the nursing and paramedics population ratio from 70 per 100000 population up to 150 per 100000 population. For objectives number ten, eleven, thirteen they are focused on quality improvement reporting system, supporting the national strategy for command and control of infectious diseases epidemics, chronic diseases prevention including smoking cessation and obesity prevention respectively. For the strategic objective number fourteen which includes improving family capacity for chronic patient care.
In Saudi, nursing education is mainly hospital based. Public health programs for nursing are limited. Hence, nursing competencies in public health discipline is deficient. An Arabic survey conducted on healthcare leaders, workers and nurses at different settings within Saudi Arabia in order to explore the participants’ perception on nursing public health practice, this includes but not limited to: vaccination, routine screening, maternal and child health care, infection control and other related public health services.
The results will provide information about public health nursing and the perceived role in improving the quality of care, reducing medical errors, improving communication within the system reducing the cost of care and improving efficiency of healthcare system. The results are expected to provide the decision makers with information needed to achieve the goals within the national health strategy