HMC nurses take part in top healthcare meeting in Australia

June 21, 2013 - 3:36:04 am

Dr Nabila Al Meer and Dr Badriya Al Lenjawi with other delegates during the 25th Quadrennial Congress of the International Council of Nurses, in Melbourne, Australia.

DOHA: Two senior nursing leaders at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) recently represented the organisation at a prestigious healthcare conference in Australia.

As part of HMC’s commitment to developing Qatari nurse leaders, Dr Nabila Al Meer, HMC’s Deputy Chief for Community Care and Supreme Council of Health Nursing Affairs, and Dr Badriya Al Lenjawi, who leads the professional development of HMC’s nursing workforce, recently travelled to Melbourne, Australia to take part in the 25th Quadrennial Congress of the International Council of Nurses (ICN). 

Joining more than 5,000 delegates from over 130 nations, the nursing leaders participated in the five-day conference, which focused on leadership across specialities, cultures and countries. The occasion marked the first time Qatar was represented at the event.

The conference focused on  development of nurse leaders and the importance of linking clinical areas with leadership. 

The theme for the conference was ‘Equity and Access to Healthcare’. 

Dr Al Lenjawi said the attendees were inspired to think beyond their boundaries to protect and promote health. “As nurses, we are all working towards the goal of ensuring that our respective nursing services are on a par with the world’s best,” she said. 

“The conference provided a great opportunity to discuss the issues and challenges faced by nursing workers worldwide, and it underscored why nurses must be at the centre of the delivery of safe, effective and compassionate patient care,” said Dr Al Lenjawi. 

Dr Al Lenjawi, who made a presentation on the importance of developing Qatari nurse leaders and the significance of the ICN Leadership for Change programme, added that speakers at the conference stressed the importance of maximising the potential of nurses. 

The ICN’s Leadership for Change programme was recently launched in Qatar as a partnership between the World Health Organisation, the Supreme Council of Health, HMC and the Primary Health Care Corporation. 

Fifteen of HMC’s Qatari nurses are enrolled in the programme, which is the first of its kind in Qatar and is designed to assist nursing leaders in effective management and implementation of strategic and tactical plans. The Peninsula

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