Seven of the nine students who make up the first batch.
Doha: The University of Calgary-Qatar (UCQ) is offering a Master of Nursing programme. Nine students make up the first class of the two-year, full-time programme. Practitioners and leadership from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) will be helping in conducting the course. The focus of the programme is Oncology in support of the Qatar National Cancer Strategy and the Qatar National Health Strategy.
“There is a growing demand for master-graduate nurses to meet the many healthcare needs of the Qatar population. The rapidly expanding market for qualified nurses and the need to continually keep pace with the rapid changes in the knowledge base has led UCQ to develop and implement a nursing programme in graduate studies,” Dean and CEO Kim Critchley said.
Admission requirements are the same as the standards set at the main campus in Calgary, Canada.
“I believe that a strong and comprehensive nursing education is essential to ensure that the profession receives the respect and recognition it deserves. At Hamad, we continue to work closely with UCQ to support the development of advanced nursing qualifications as this is one of the best ways to ensure we have a high calibre of nurses who can provide excellent patient care and leadership skills in the future,” said Dr Ann-Marie Cannaby, Executive Director of Nursing at HMC. “Through this master’s programme, we are providing an important platform from which our nurses can eventually contribute to teaching programmes that will develop the next generation of expert nurses for Qatar.”
“The graduates will be taking up clinical nurse specialist positions at HMC. They will be making significant contributions to patient and population health, focusing on oncology. The graduates will have strong leadership roles in not only contributing to high quality care but also being ambassadors in educating the public, patients and families with good evidence supporting cancer care. They will be making a difference in the quality of care for people who are diagnosed with cancer. It’s not just the end of life care. Some of it will be prevention; some of it will be intervention and some of it will be transitions to home. It will be a broad spectrum,” said Laureen Styles, Associate Professor.
“We’ll have nine students starting in January. We’re starting small, which will give us a solid foundation to build upon. We’re confident that we’re going to have very strong applicants. Our admission requirements are really focusing on helping the students to be successful. It’s the same admission requirements that are needed in Canada,” said Styles.
UCQ has been in Qatar since 2007. Forty nurses, who have graduated, are now or will soon be employed in the Qatar health care system. With the start of the master’s programme, the student population is in excess of 350.