Despite his medical-surgical and cardiac care nursing experience, Bilal Daqaq, RN, BSN, needed additional qualifications to further his career. So he participated in a BLS/ACLS program, becoming an instructor — and embarking on an unexpected journey with the AHA.
“I never dreamed of the vastness and the intensity of my aspiration or of the knowledge I would have gained from the teaching experience I have had with the AHA,” Daqaq said. “It is a professional pleasure to be respected, promoted and supported as I have been as an AHA instructor.”
Daqaq, director of nursing training and education at Specialized Medical Center Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, said he joined the association because it exemplifies education and its leadership knows the importance of networking, mentorship and research opportunities for members.
He will soon become a member of the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing — hoping to help improve outcomes from sudden cardiac arrest and other emergency cardiovascular care diseases.
“AHA membership allows me to stay connected — not only to the AHA and the work the organization is striving to perform locally and nationally — but also to other investigators and, most importantly, the community members we serve,” Daqaq said. “Becoming a member of the AHA affords you many opportunities in mentorship, collaboration and funding in your field of study related to cardiovascular care and resuscitation science.”
Daqaq said his increasing involvement with the AHA as a professional member will benefit him for years to come.