Nursing Department / Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Professions College
Omar Almahmoud, a lecturer in pediatric and neonatal nursing with more than 10 years of experience, earned his bachelor's in nursing from Al-QUDS University in 1995 and his master's in pediatric nursing in 2006. Currently, a PhD candidate in nursing (Child Health) at the University of Jordan in Jordan. In a level 4 NICU in Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem, he had more than 17 years of clinical expertise as senior neonatal intensive care nurse. At Birzeit University- College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Professions-, now works as a faculty member of the nursing department. Almahmoud published a variety of studies on neonatal, pediatric, growth and development, and evidence-based critical care in highly ranked journals focusing on nursing education and practice. Almahmoud vision is to use his knowledge and clinical experiences of nursing to enhance nursing skills and offer future nurses and researchers with evidence-based nursing education to optimize children’s' functioning.
Pediatric nursing, Neonatal Nursing, Critical care nursing, Child Growth and Development, Nursing education, Evidence-based practices.
Aidah Alkaissi, Nizar B. Said, Shorooq Qadous, Mahdia Alkony, and Omar Almahmoud
BMC Nursing, eISSN: 14726955, Published: December 2023 Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Abstract Background Resilience has emerged as a concept that could explain and predict good academic and well-being of students in stressful and traumatic situations. This study was conducted to assess resilience and identify predictors of high or low resilience scores among future nurses in Palestine. Methods This cross-sectional study adhered to the Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology statement. Undergraduate nursing students in all academic years were recruited and asked to complete a questionnaire that contained the Trait Resilience Scale and the State-Resilience Scale. Multiple linear regression models were used to identify predictors of higher resilience scores and to control for potentially confounding factors. Results In this study, 290 students completed the questionnaire (response rate = 92.4%). The means of trait, state, and combined resilience scores were 71.4 (SD: 7.5), 62.7 (SD: 6.7), and 134.1 (SD: 12.8), respectively. There was a significant moderate positive correlation between state resilience scores and trait resilience scores (r = 0.63, p < 0.001). Having a study routine on daily basis predicted higher trait (β = -0.20, p < 0.001), state (β = -0.12, p = 0.032), and combined (β = -0.18, p = 0.001) resilience scores. Trait and combined resilience scores were predicted by the absence of chronic diseases (β = 0.12, p < 0.05), experiencing addiction issues (β = -0.11, p < 0.05), living in Israeli seized areas (β = 0.16, p < 0.05), and living in a house with enough number of rooms per siblings (β = 0.13, p < 0.05). On the other hand, state and combined resilience scores were predicted by being in the first academic year (β = -0.18, p < 0.01), and state resilience scores were predicted by living in urban areas (β = -0.12, p < 0.05). Conclusions Undergraduate nursing students in Palestine reported relatively high trait and state resilience scores. Higher trait, state, and combined resilience scores were predicted by having a study routine on daily basis. More studies are still needed to investigate the relationship between resilience scores, perceived well-being, willingness to care, and the future success of nursing students in Palestine.
Omar H. Almahmoud and Lubna Abushaikha
Child Health Nursing Research, ISSN: 22879110, eISSN: 22879129, Pages: 101-110, Published: 2023 Korean Academy of Child Health Nursing
Purpose: Developmental disabilities (DDs) are a global childhood problem whose prevalence is rising, with a disproportionate impact on individuals in low-and middle-income countries. However, data on the prevalence of DDs in the Arab world are limited. This review highlights what is currently known about the prevalence and risk factors of DDs in preschool children in the Arab world. Methods: PubMed, Cochrane Library, Scopus, CINAHL, Science Direct, and Google Scholar were searched for publications on DDs among preschool children in the Arab world. Only 14 studies were identified in the literature, from 12 Arab countries. Results: The overall estimated prevalence of DDs among preschool children in the Arab world is 27.5%. An analysis of risk factors for DDs showed that child-related, maternal, and family-related factors account for a significant cumulative risk of developing DDs in preschool children. Maternal factors, such as antenatal and perinatal complications, were the most common risk factors. Conclusion: The prevalence of DDs among preschoolers is significantly high in the Arab world, which emphasizes the importance of the early detection and diagnosis of DD, as well as its associated risk factors.
Imad Asmar, Omar Almahmoud, Mu'taz Dreidi, Fatima Jebara, Nora Jaber, Ahmad Kahala, Jenna Ramadan, and Noor Hamdan
Journal of Neonatal Nursing, ISSN: 13551841, Published: 2023 Elsevier BV
Omar H. Almahmoud, Diana H. Arabiat, and Mohammad Yousef Saleh
Journal of Pediatric Nursing, ISSN: 08825963, Pages: e72-e79, Published: 1 July 2022 Elsevier BV
Jamal Qaddumi, Omar Almahmoud, Ahmad Khurasani, Abdullah Alkhawaldeh, and Omar Khraisat
Palestinian Medical and Pharmaceutical Journal, ISSN: 24138568, eISSN: 27900231, Pages: 55-61, Published: 2022 An-Najah National University - PMPJ
Aidah Alkaissi, Nizar Said, Omar Almahmoud, Loai Al-ziben, and Rasha Zaitoun
Palestinian Medical and Pharmaceutical Journal, ISSN: 24138568, eISSN: 27900231, Pages: 73-87, Published: 2022 An-Najah National University - PMPJ
Article published in : Palestinian Medical and Pharmaceutical Journal (PMPJ). 2019; 4(2): 73-87
Omar H. Almahmoud
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy, ISSN: 15445186, eISSN: 15522032, Pages: 47-51, Published: 1 November 2021 Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health)
Read about how a son, who's also a nurse, cared for his mother after she was infected with COVID-19 and the universal lessons they learned.
Journal of Neonatal Nursing, ISSN: 13551841, Pages: 311-312, Published: October 2021 Elsevier BV
Imad T. Asmar, Belal M. Alrajoub, Omar H. Almahmoud, Dina N. Nakhleh, Sara I. Makharzeh, and Yazeed M. Falaneh
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, ISSN: 08879303, eISSN: 15505111, Pages: 274-285, Published: 1 July 2020 Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health)
The management of critically ill patients is complicated and often involves complex devices including mechanical ventilators (MVs), which may be associated with many complications. Protective lung strategies (PLSs) are used to prevent complications associated with MVs, but nurses may not possess adequate knowledge to optimize the efficacy of PLSs. This article reports findings from what is thought to be the first study in Palestine that explores critical care nurses' knowledge about PLSs. The purpose of this study was to assess the critical care nurses' attitude, behavior, and knowledge regarding PLSs of mechanically ventilated patients. This descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted at both public and private hospitals in Palestine. The sample included nurses who worked in intensive care units and cardiac care units and utilized a previously developed and validated questionnaire. The result of the study concludes that the majority of the Palestinian critical care nurses agree with the utilization or application of PLSs but have a severe lack of knowledge about the strategies. This highlights the need to provide additional educational programs related to the optimum use of mechanical ventilation.
Ashraf Abuejheisheh, Omar Tarawneh, Jamal A. S. Qaddumi, Omar Almahmoud, and Muhammad W. Darawad
Inquiry (United States), ISSN: 00469580, eISSN: 19457243, Published: 2020 SAGE Publications
Although many studies discussed evidence-based practice among general nurses, few studies were found by the researchers among intensive care unit nurses. Also, no study has been conducted to investigate the predictors of evidence-based practice among intensive care unit nurses in Jordan. Therefore, this study aims to identify the predictors of evidence-based practice among intensive care unit nurses in Jordan. A descriptive cross-sectional design was used to conveniently recruit 132 participants. Self-reported questionnaires were utilized including the Evidence-Based Practice Questionnaire and Evidence-Based Practice barrier scale. Participants’ rate of evidence-based practice was 60% (M = 4.2/7), which was significantly correlated with their knowledge ( r = 0.739, P < .01) and attitudes ( r = 0.564, P < .01) of evidence-based practice. The results revealed a 2-predictor model that explained 62.2% of the variance in evidence-based practice among intensive care unit nurses. The 2 variables were attitude (β = 0.245) and knowledge (β = 0.563). The outcomes of this study added new information regarding the prediction of evidence-based practice among intensive care unit nurses. An educational program for nurses regarding this issue is crucial to improve their practice aiming at enhancing nursing care. Also, nursing schools should update their curricula to explain the importance of evidence-based practice and to enhance students’ competencies in research utilization and statistical skills.
Mohammad T. Akkawi, Mohammad M. Shehadeh, Amjaad N. Abu Shams, Doaa M. Al-Hardan, Lara J. Omar, Omar H. Almahmoud, and Jamal A. S. Qaddumi
BMC Ophthalmology, eISSN: 14712415, Published: 20 August 2019 Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Jamal A.S. Qaddumi and Omar Almahmoud
Open Public Health Journal, eISSN: 18749445, Pages: 121-126, Published: 2019 Bentham Science Publishers Ltd.
Aim: To determine the prevalence rate and the potential risk factors of pressure ulcers (PUs) among patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) departments of the government hospitals in Palestine. Methods: A quantitative, cross-sectional, descriptive analytical study was carried out in five government hospital intensive care units in four different Palestinian cities between September 27, 2017, and October 27, 2017. The data of 109 out of 115 (94.78%) inpatients were analyzed. The Minimum Data Set (MDS) recommended by the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) was used to collect inpatients’ information. Results: The result of the analysis showed that the prevalence of pressure ulcers in the ICU departments was 33%, and the prevalence of PUs when excluding stage one was 7.3%. The common stage for pressure ulcers was stage one. It was also determined that the most common risk factors for the development of pressure ulcers were the number of days in the hospital, moisture, and friction. Conclusion: According to the recent studies in the Asian States, the prevalence of pressure ulcers in Palestine is considerably higher than in China and Jordan. However, it is still lower than the prevalence reported in comparable published studies in Western Europe. Increasing the staff’s knowledge about PUs screening and preventive measures is highly recommended in order to decrease the burden of PUs.