Rufaidah bint Sa'ad,
is recognized as the first Muslim nurse. Her full name was Rufaidah
bint Sa'ad of the Bani Aslam tribe of the Khazraj tribal
confederation in Madinah. She was born in Yathrib before the
migration of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). She was among the first
people in Madina to accept Islam and was one of the Ansar women who
welcomed the Prophet on arrival in Madina.
Rufaidah's father was
a physician. She learned medical care by working as his assistant.
Her history illustrates all the attributes expected of a good nurse.
She was kind and empathetic. She was a capable leader and organizer,
able to mobilize and get others to produce good work. She had
clinical skills that she shared with the other nurses whom she
trained and worked with. She did not confine her nursing to the
clinical situation. She went out to the community and tried to solve
the social problems that lead to disease. She was both a public
health nurse and a social worker.
Information by Prof.
Dr. Omar Hasan Kasule, Sr. from a Paper Presented at the 3rd
International Nursing Conference "Empowerment and Health: An Agenda
for Nurses in the 21st Century" held in Brunei Dar as Salam 1st-4th