RCSI Bahrain Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Khawla AlHussain, 2017 Nursing Valedictorian

How did it feel to be the valedictorian for the Class of 2017?

It was an honour for me to be the valedictorian for the class of 2017. I got the chance to make my family feel proud of my achievement. I was hesitant about what to say in the graduation speech because I didn’t want it to be boring or lengthy. However, once I stood up there in front of my family and friends, reflecting on the great experiences my colleagues and I went through during the four years of college, I realised that it would be a precious memory I will never forget.

How did you celebrate your graduation?

I celebrated my graduation as any typical Bahraini student would celebrate it – a small family gathering, eating a lot of food and ending the party by opening the gifts and eating the rest of the cake. I also celebrated the graduation with my friends and colleagues.

How have the first few months as an RCSI Bahrain graduate been?

The first few months after graduation felt the same as the first few months when I joined RCSI Bahrain. At first, I felt I was not ready yet to become a staff nurse and to assume big responsibilities. However, I learned at RCSI Bahrain that any change can lead to resistance but that we can overcome the resistance by hardwork, training and motivation.

What are you doing at the moment?

Currently, I am a preceptee at King Hamad University Hospital, in Obstetrics and gynecology department. I passed the general orientation exam and soon I will finish my training period. Hopefully by that time I will become a professional staff nurse who is able to fulfil her duties according to the policies and procedures of the hospital. I am also preparing to apply for the National Health Regulatory Authority exam to get my licence for practicing in the nursing filed.

What do you miss most about being in university?

College life is the most wonderful and valuable period of a person’s life. During my college years, I got the chance to meet new friends. I participated in many Community Engagement events that increased my confidence and skills. Also, I enjoyed the parties organised by RCSI every year. I will miss all of that. I will even miss waking up in the early morning, sitting in the lecture theatre and listening to the eight o’clock lectures.

How do you see your role as an RCSI Bahrain alumnus?

In my opinion, my role as RCSI alumnus is to apply the evidence-based knowledge and the experiences I achieved in my every day practice. Also, I and all the RCSI alumni should support the junior students by acting as a role model and expand their knowledge on the various opportunities available in the health care field.

How do you think that role might be enhanced?

The role of RCSI alumni can be enhanced by developing programs that aim to aspire new graduate students to choose nursing sciences for their higher education. This can be done by organising meetings and events in which RCSI alumni can share their experiences during their college year, and the achievements they accomplished after graduations.