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The UAE Nursing and Midwifery Council was established by Cabinet Decree in 2009 to “regulate the nursing and midwifery professions, promote and advance nursing and midwifery services and protect and promote the health and safety of the public based on the highest standards.” (UAE NMC establishment Cabinet Decree number 10, 2009).  The Council addresses this by unifying standards for nursing and midwifery with the ultimate goal of protecting the health of the public with consistently high quality nursing and midwifery services.  

The Council is a policy setting body, led by its president, Her Royal Highness, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice – President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.  

The Council consists of individuals who represent key constituents, including the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Ministry of Education, Nursing Colleges and Institutes in the UAE, Health Authority of Abu Dhabi, SEHA, Dubai Health Authority, Ministry of Interior – Health Services,  Armed Forces Medical  Services Corps, Dubai Healthcare City Authority, Emirates Nursing Association, Emirates Medical Association, and the Private Healthcare Sector.   

The Council meets 4 times a year to establish priorities and activities and to set standards for practice, registration and licensure, and education as well as to prioritize the national nursing and midwifery research agenda.

The Council’s work is organized by standing committees and task forces.  Together, they address the following priorities:
  • Scope of Practice Statements: The Council develops and issues unified scope of practice statements and standards for registered nurses, midwives, registered specialist nurses, and advance practice nurses, as well as for practical nurses and practical midwives.   Competence and specialization are key elements of the nursing and midwifery professional structure in the UAE, designed to address the increasing levels of complexity in healthcare delivery settings.  Scope of practice statements set the foundation for the practice, education and regulation of nursing and midwifery in the UAE, to systematically advance the nursing profession across the UAE.
  • Registration and Licensure:  The Council develops and issues standards for registration and licensure for nurses, midwives, nurse specialists, and advance practice nurses, as well as practical nurses and practical midwives.  Standards will be adopted by licensing authorities.  The aim is to have all nurses and midwives meet common standards across the UAE.
  • Nursing and Midwifery Education:  The Council develops and issues a national plan for nursing and midwifery education to prioritize the investments and focus of nursing and midwifery programs, including standards that will apply to each program offered in the UAE.   Working with the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, the Council will assume program accreditation responsibilities to assure program integrity.
  • Nursing and Midwifery Emiratization:  The Council places top priority on increasing the number of Emirati women and men practicing in and leading the professions.  Through collaborative initiatives the Council engages in community outreach, education and workplace efforts to promote the selection of nursing and midwifery as career options and to support Emiratis to enhance retention. 
  • Nursing and Midwifery Research:  The Council established the UAE Nursing and Midwifery Council Research Center for the purposes of building national capacity in research through research funding and skill building.