Sandy Lovering

Sandy Lovering

Executive Director, Nursing Affairs, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (Gen Org), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


Dr Sandy Lovering is the Executive Director, Nursing Affairs King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center (Gen Org) in Jeddah, (KFSH&RC-J) Saudi Arabia, a 350 bed tertiary specialist facility serving the Western Region of Saudi Arabia. Leading a team of 1100 nurse from over 40 countries, Dr Lovering led the first hospital in Saudi Arabia and the GCC region to achieve Magnet Designation in 2013. In addition, KFSH&RC-J received the coveted NDNQI Award for Outstanding Quality Outcomes (Teaching hospitals) in 2013.

Dr Lovering has over forty years of international nursing experience in health executive management, nursing executive, clinical practice, education and nursing research in North America, New Zealand and the Middle East. For the past 22 years she has held CNO positions in Saudi Arabia at King Khalid National Guard Hospital in Jeddah, King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital in Riyadh; with the past 11 years at KFSH&RC  Jeddah..Dr Lovering holds a Doctorate in Health Sciences from The University of Sydney, Australia, a Master's in Business Studies and Health Management from Massey University in New Zealand, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of British Columbia, Canada and a Diploma in Nursing from Mohawk College, Canada. She holds an advanced certification as a Transcultural Nurse from the Transcultural Nursing Society. As a recognized expert in the field of transcultural nursing, she has multiple publications and research focusing on transcultural nursing and administrative practice within the Middle East and Arab Muslim populations. Her body of research includes "Arab Muslim nurses' experiences of the meaning of caring Saudi nurse leaders career choices and experiences. Implementation of the Crescent of Care nursing model through collaborative inquiry Cultural attitudes and beliefs about pain" and "the lived experience of HIV in Saudi Arabia".

Research Interest

Arabic culture, disclosure, HIV/AIDS, HIV and Islam, HIV attitudes, religion, stigma.

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