DOHA: Hamad Medical Corporation has become the first organisation in the GCC, and the third in the Middle East to be accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
The prestigious accreditation was obtained recently by HMC’s Department of Nursing and Midwifery Education and Research, supported through the Academic Health System programme.
Professor Edward Hillhouse, Chief of Scientific, Academic and Faculty Affairs at HMC congratulated the Department of Nursing and Midwifery Education and Research on the accreditation, said, “ANCC accreditation demonstrates HMC’s commitment to providing safe, effective and compassionate care through developing well-trained clinical staff who practice according to the highest standards. It signifies our focus on integrating academic and health services to improve clinical outcomes for patients.”
Professor Ann-Marie Cannaby, Executive Director of Corporate Nursing at HMC, said the department underwent an extensive evaluation prior to receiving the elite accreditation. She said accreditation allows HMC’s nurses to gain access to the highest calibre of education, which in turn contributes to improved patient health outcomes.
Dr Nabila Almeer, Deputy Chief of the Continuing Care Group and Supreme Council of Health Nursing Affairs, said accreditation is an important step in advancing the nursing profession in Qatar.
The accreditation is awarded for two years in the first instance and renewal demands ongoing adherence to rigorous standards. ANCC accreditation is a voluntary, peer-review process intended to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of continuing nursing education through defining standards for high performance.
ANCC’s programmes certify and recognise individual nurses in speciality practice areas.