First-of-its-Kind Doctorate Program

Speaking about the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, and its relevance to Saudi Arabia, Dr. Zeina Khouri-Stevens, chief nursing officer, Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH), said “JHAH is an engaged and committed member of the Saudi Arabian healthcare sector. The advancement of health professions is core to our vision, and we share the SCFHS belief that the health of the nation is promoted and protected by the progression of nursing.” JHAH has a productive relationship with the SCFHS. Earlier this year, the DNP was presented to the SCFHS and now the collaboration continues to expand the program, which is the first and only Doctorate of Nursing Practice in the kingdom. This program — envisioned by Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare and the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, enhances nurses' clinical skills, develops their leadership skills, and solidifies their role as an essential component in delivering quality health care. Travelling from the U.S. to meet with the SCFHS in Riyadh, Patricia Davidson, Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, said, “The DNP demonstrates how the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is equipping nurses across the world to lead health care innovation and excellence.”

The first DNP cohort of masters-prepared nurses will graduate later this month, following their successful completion of the two-year program. Their graduation will increase the number of practicing nurses in Saudi Arabia who hold doctorates by 30% in one day - from 46 to 59 nurses.