Salah-addin Aqtash

Contributing Faculty
College of Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Dr. Aqtash is a visionary nursing leader, expert, and educator. He earned his bachelor's degree in nursing from Jordan University, master’s degree in Healthcare Management from California State University/Los Angeles (CSULA), and his doctorate degree in nursing from the University of California/Los Angeles (UCLA). He has multinational experiences that cover a wide range of responsibilities in academic institutions, tertiary care centers, health care corporations, and government entities in the United States, Australia, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Jordan. He Joined Walden University School of Nursing in 2011 as a contributing faculty in the graduate program. Since he joined, he had taught many graduate-level courses including Policy and Advocacy for Improving Population Health, Promoting and Preserving Health in a Diverse Societies, and Essentials of Evidence-Based Practice.
Dr. Aqtash is a Certified Professional of Healthcare Quality (CPHQ). He is a member of several national organizations including The American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL), the Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma Theta Tau International), and the National League of Nursing. Internationally, Dr. Aqtash served as a key member in several high-level government and nursing committees including the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Nursing and Midwifery Council Licensure and Regulations Committee, the UAE MOH Vital Statistics Integration Committee, and the UAE MOH National Nursing Strategy Development Committee. Dr. Aqtash is interested in health services research and has several peer-reviewed publications and research projects. Additionally, he served as a chair for the Institutional Research Ethics Committee for a large network of public hospitals in (UAE). He is a reviewer for several journals and conferences scientific committees including BMC Nursing, Sage Open Nursing, PLOS One, the International Council of Nursing Regional Conference, the Medication Safety Conference, and the SEHA International Nursing Congress. He provided numerous presentations at conferences and professional gatherings in North America, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Courses Taught

NURS Course Number6050N; You do not have access to modify this field.6050N 6050 - Policy and Advocacy for Improving Population Health

NURS 6052 - Essentials of Evidence‑Based Practice

NURS 6150 - Promoting and Preserving Health in a Diverse Society


BSN, University of Jordan

MS, California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA)

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Awards / Honors

Award for Excellence in Nursing , Fatimah College for Health Sciences, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2019

Excellence in Leadership Award, AL-Gharbia Hospitals Regional Nursing Administration, 2015

Abu-Dhabi Medical Distinction Award in the “Allied Health” category , The Health Authority of Abu-Dhabi, UAE., 2013

Best podium presentation, The UCLA and the UCLA Health Systems 7th Annual Research and Evidence-Based Practice Conference, 2008

Outstanding Academic Achievements in Graduate Studies , California State University, Los Angeles, 2000


Brownie, S. M., Rossiter, R. C., Hamad, A. O., Aqtash, S. The role and value of nurses in care provision: Views and expectations of Emirati Nationals in the western region of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Journal of Hospital Administration

Aqtash, S., Robb, W. F., Hunter, L. H., Almuhtasib, M., Hamad, A., Brownie, S. M. (2017). Self-Assessed Competence of Experienced Expatriate Nurses in a Rural and Remote Setting. SAGE Open Nursing

Brownie, S. M., Hunter, L. H., Aqtash, S., Day, G. E. (2015). Establishing Policy Foundations and Regulatory Systems to Enhance Nursing Practice in the United Arab Emirates. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice

Aqtash, S., Van Servellen, G. (2013). Determinants of health-promoting lifestyle behaviors among arab immigrants from the region of the levant. Research in Nursing & Health

Nyamathi, A., Nahid, P., Berg, J., Burrage, J., Christiani, A., Aqtash, S. (2008). Efficacy of nurse case-managed intervention for latent tuberculosis among homeless subsamples. Nursing Research


Aqtash, S. (2019). Implications of Nursing Leadership Development Program in a Network of Government Hospitals on Enhancing Nursing Leaders Skills: Pre and Post Evaluation. International Council of Nursing

Aqtash, S. (2019). Recent Trends in Nursing Research.

Aqtash, S. (2018). Self-Assessed Competence of Experienced Nurses Working in a Rural and Remote Setting: Reporting Final Results.

Aqtash, S. (2018). Nursing in the Initiatives Hospitals: Current Status and Future Aspirations.

Aqtash, S. (2017). Enhancing Nursing Care in Rural Public Hospital Network Through Utilizing Transforming Care at Bedside Framework.

Aqtash, S. (2015). Enhancing Patient Experience through Utilization of the Crescent of Nursing Care Delivery Model in a Rural Health Care System in UAE.

Aqtash, S. (2017). Transforming the Nursing Profession and Enhancing the Quality and Value of Health Care through the “Future of Nursing: Leading Change and Advancing Health” Initiative.

Aqtash, S. (2015). Assessment of the Caring Competencies for Registered Nurses Working in Rural Health System in UAE: Reporting preliminary results.

Aqtash, S. (2015). Nursing Approach to Enhancing Medication Administration Safety through Process Improvement.

Aqtash, S. (2015). Enhancing Patient Experience through Utilization of the Crescent of Nursing Care Delivery Model in a Rural Health Care System in UAE.

Aqtash, S. (2015). Improving Health Outcomes While Reducing Health Care Costs: what are the possibilities?.

Aqtash, S. (2015). Evaluation of Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB) Application in a Multi-Model Nursing Practice in UAE.

Aqtash, S. (2014). Transforming Care at the Bedside: Al-Gharbia Hospitals Experience in Implementing a Care Process Improvement Initiative.

Aqtash, S. (2014). Transforming Care at Bedside (TCAB): A Process Improvement to Provide Safe and Reliable Care at Al-Gharbia Hospitals.

Aqtash, S. (2013). Clinical research nursing domain of practice: Understanding the role and the requirements.

Aqtash, S. (2013). Transforming the Workplace with Evidence-Based Practice: The Right Approach for Change.

Aqtash, S. (2013). Measuring Quality and Enhancing Performance through Nursing Dashboards, Al-Gharbia Hospitals Nursing Administration Experience.

Aqtash, S. (2013). Al-Gharbia Hospitals Regional Nursing Leadership Strategies in Enhancing Patient Outcomes.

Aqtash, S. (2013). Rural Health Care: The Changing Nature of Nursing.

Aqtash, S. (2013). Translating Nursing Research Knowledge into Actions: Implementation Strategies.

Aqtash, S. (2013). Health Education: Introduction to Practice for School Health Nurses.

Aqtash, S. (2013). Healthy Nurse, A Way to Achieve Excellence in Nursing.

Aqtash, S. (2012). Identifying Nurses Perceptions and Their Role in Preventing Medication Errors.

Aqtash, S. (2012). Al‑Gharbia Hospitals Systematic Approach to Ensure Patient Positive Outcomes". Presented at Al-Gharbia International Nursing Conference. Theme of the conference was "Improving Patient Care Outcomes through Quality Nursing Practice. Al-Gharbia Hospitals

Aqtash, S. (2012). Creating a Culture for Evidence Based Practice Environment.

Aqtash, S. (2011). Optimizing Clinical Research Outcomes through Clinical Research Nursing Domain of Practice.

Aqtash, S. (2011). Health Promotion, a Method for Improving Diabetes Screening Practices.

Aqtash, S. (2011). Strategies for Application of Research Findings.

Aqtash, S. (2011). Health Promotion: Promoting wellness as a way of life.

Aqtash, S. (2010). Cardiovascular Disease and Prevalence of Regular Exercise among Ethnic Groups in the US.

Aqtash, S. (2010). Nurses Role in Chronic Diseases Prevention.

Aqtash, S. (2010). Patterns of Health Promoting Lifestyle Practices of Arab Immigrants from Levant.

Aqtash, S. (2009). Screening for Cancer: A Component of Health Promotion Programs.

Aqtash, S. (2009). Arab Immigrants Health Promotion Behaviors and Preventive Health Practices.

Aqtash, S. (2012). Creating a Culture for Evidence Based Practice Environment.

Aqtash, S. (2008). Health‑Promoting Lifestyle Behaviors among Arab Immigrants from the Levant.

Aqtash, S. (2008). Predictors of Health‑Promoting Behaviors among Immigrants from the Levant.