DOHA: More than 80 Paediatric Nurses from across Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) recently attended the Second Symposium for Paediatric Nurse Leaders, with the theme ‘Leadership Skills for Success.’
The initiative is supported by the partnership between HMC and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada.
Mentoring the 83 nurses were 10 Senior Nurse Leaders from HMC and five from Sidra Medical and Research Center. The symposium also featured speakers from both HMC, SickKids, including Dr Ann Marie Cannaby, Executive Director of Nursing at HMC and Pam Hubley, Chief of Professional Practice and Nursing at SickKids.
The international keynote speaker was Director of Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, International Affairs and Best Practice Guidelines Center, Dr Irmajean Bajnok.
Dr Cannaby explained that “Leaders attending the symposium will reflect on their strengths, challenges and the impact they have on their team. They will focus on collaborative practices, communication strategies, effective role modelling, building capacity within teams, empowerment of staff, enhancing staff performance, conflict management, and alignment of staff values with the needs of our patients.”
Dr Cannaby went on to say that as HMC continues to grow and develop as a diverse and multifaceted healthcare organisation, it is essential that Nurse Leaders drive excellence in practice through an inter-professional approach with a focus on family-centred care.
HMC and SickKids entered a five-year partnership in 2010 to transform paediatric healthcare in Qatar. The first such symposium for nurses was held last year and focused on leadership principles, while this year’s two-day symposium, held at the Renaissance Hotel Doha, provided practical tools to further develop leadership competencies that contribute to a best practice environment.