Midwife mum is this Emirati nurse’s role model

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Abu Dhabi - Samah Mohamed Mahmoud, the first Emirati nurse in mental health sector.


Ashwani Kumar

Published: Fri 18 Dec 2020, 9:23 PM

Last updated: Sat 19 Dec 2020, 1:44 PM

An Emirati medical professional, inspired by her mother who was a midwife, has climbed the career ladder to become a role model and ambassador in nursing for present and future generations.

Samah Mohamed Mahmoud, the first Emirati nurse in mental health sector, is now the group deputy nursing and allied health director at Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha).

Samah said the UAE leadership has provided opportunities for Emirati girls to study, work and advance to the highest positions. She also expressed her gratitude to Seha for the constant support throughout her career.

“My mum, may her soul rest in peace, was my role model and inspiration in life. As a young girl, I was attached to my mother, who was a midwife. I was influenced by her compassionate, caring and loving character. That’s why I made up my mind and joined a nursing institute in Abu Dhabi and completed my Diploma in Nursing.”

Samah began as a registered nurse in the Psychiatric Centre, which is currently known as the Behavioural Sciences Pavilion at the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City.

“I was the first Emirati nurse working in mental health at that time. The turning point in my career was when I got elected and assigned to be the first vice-president of the Emirates Nursing Association. Ever since I have been proud to be a nursing ambassador within the UAE and abroad.”

Zeal for service

Passion for learning and gaining more experience and skills in nursing saw Samah go to the UK for her postgraduate studies.

“In spite of all my work achievements and success, I still wanted to give more. I returned from the UK and joined Sheikh Khalifa Medical City as the Assistant Director of Nursing. And in 2015, I was promoted to be the Deputy Chief Nursing Officer. In 2017, I was promoted to act as Chief Nursing Officer. By the end of 2017, I was transferred to Seha headquarters’ nursing division as the Group Deputy Nursing Officer to establish Seha wide Nursing and Midwifery Education and Research Department. Since day one, we worked to establish a well-structured nursing and midwifery education department. Looking back at my career and after long years of experience, I feel blessed, grateful and proud to be a member of a large prestigious organisation like Seha,” she narrated on her career journey.


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