Monday, 29 October 2012

HMC to hire 1,700 nurses soon

TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK

DOHA HAMAD Medical Corporation (HMC) is set to hire 1,700 nurses across its eight hospitals and Home Healthcare Services next year as part of its efforts to transform nursing for effective and caring services to patients, officials have said.

The comprehensive efforts include the recruitment of highly trained specialist nurses, investment in targeted education and research programmes to develop Qatari nursing leaders of the future and a commitment to providing high-quality care to all patients.

Managing Director of HMC Dr Hanan al Kuwari, who announced a number of new nursing leadership appointments to the new governance structure recently, said that a director of Nursing Education and Research would be appointed soon.

“Our objective at HMC is to deliver nursing care focused totally on the needs of each and every patient and their family. Our highly-trained nurses will take on new and specialised roles to provide effective care, reflecting international best practice. Equally important is how doctors, patients and society at large view the important contribution made by experienced and dedicated nursing professionals,” she said.

She added: “Our vision is for expert nurses to promote good health, deliver excellent care and treat all patients with the utmost dignity and respect in our multi-cultural community, across all of our hospitals.

We are investing in training and nurturing Qatari nurse leaders of the future to implement that vision.” As a reflection of the importance of nursing leadership, one of the country’s most senior and respected nurse executives, Dr Nabila al Meer, has been promoted to the post of deputy chief for Community Care and SCH Nursing Affairs.

Dr Meer has had almost 40 years of distinguished career at the HMC.

She is the first Qatari nurse to obtain a Master of Science in Administration at the University of Texas and PhD in nursing from University of Miami, the USA. She has also held an adjunct faculty position at Qatar University for six years teaching nursing administration and leadership.

She will provide leadership to the residential and community workforce and also help to redefine the model of care for long-term patients and home care services.

Over 670 patients are registered in the HMC’s home care programme, which includes community and home healthcare services.

About 140 patients are located in residential and nursing homes that are managed by the corporation.

“I am passionate about the provision of high-quality nursing care in our hospitals and the wider community.

Alongside their qualifications, our nurses must possess the mindset to incorporate compassion and empathy when dealing with patients.

Planning for and supporting ongoing nursing education is crucial to keeping up with the demands of the profession,” Dr Meer said.

“Experienced and highlyqualified nurses who are giving care at the bedside should have direct input into policies, clinical and practice decisions as equal partners in multi-disciplinary care organised around patients’ needs,” she added.

Dr Meer’s previous role as executive director of nursing will now be held by Dr Ann- Marie Cannaby, who joined the HMC recently. Dr Cannaby has more than 20 years of experience in a variety of clinical managerial and research posts in the UK teaching hospitals. She joins the HMC from the University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire, where she was chief nurse and operating officer.

Dr Badriya al Lenjawi, who will lead the Professional Development of HMC’s Nursing workforce, said, “There is a real need to encourage and nurture local students to enter into the noble profession of nursing.

Nursing is a vocation that should embody the most honourable of human qualities in caring for others during their time of need. We want to match international best practice through specialist education and continued training.”

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