Rafika Zaatari

ICU Clinical Resource Nurse, Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City, United Arab Emirates.

Graduated in 2003 from American University of Beirut with a Bachelors in Nursing with Penrose Award; graduated with Masters of Science of Nursing in 2007 from American University of Beirut. Has more than 20 years of experience in Critical Care setting at American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) as both a bedside nurse and a Clinical Nurse Educator. Participated and led several hospital projects at AUBMC that let to 2 publications: “Achieving Zero Central-Line Associated Bloodstream Infection Rate in 4 Critical Care Units in Lebanon” and “ Establishing an ECMO Program in a Developing Country: Challenges and Lessons Learned”. Helped establish CRRT and ECMO programs at AUBMC. Was a member in code team and rapid response team at AUBMC. Recipient of several awards for excellence in nursing care such as Nephrology Award of the Year at AUBMC in 2019 and AUB President Service Excellence Award in 2017. Guest speaker in National and Regional Conferences such as Pain and Sedation workshop organized by UAE ministry of Health in 2018, National Building Capacity Program for Nurses Across Lebanon organized by Order of Nurses in Lebanon and the First National ECMO Conference in Lebanon in 2018. Completed international internships at Cleveland Clinics Ohio in Adult ICU and ECMO units in 2018 as well as Residency program at Johns Hopkins University and Medical Center in Maryland with focus on ARDS management in 2006

In December 2021, started at Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City as Clinical Resource

Nurse for Burn ICU. One of the Program Leadership Team members for the SSMC Nurse Fellowship Program and a member in SSMC Competency development task force.

American Heart Association BLS and ACLS instructor, Completed both American Burns Life Support and Trauma Nursing Core Course in 2022 and Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator in 2023.