DOHA: During the past three months nearly 200 head nurses and over 40 directors of nursing from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) attended a new programme to build on leadership skills while fostering new competencies.
The programme, which began in early February and concluded in mid-May, was mandatory for directors of nursing and head nurses. Developed in partnership with US-based Partners Healthcare International, the Nurse Leadership Programme focused on the development of skills that promote and support strong leadership and management in the nursing profession.
“The programme was part of a suite of ongoing professional development opportunities at HMC to help nurses meet challenges of the evolving healthcare environment. Nurses who completed the programme have improved skills and competencies and are better equipped to lead healthcare teams towards increased operational efficiency and improved patient outcomes,” said Professor Ann Marie Cannaby, Executive Director, Corporate Nursing, HMC.
The programme was delivered by PHI faculty. HMC and PHI entered into a partnership in 2012 to collaborate on performance initiatives focused on system development, quality improvement and network integration.
Focusing on the creation and sustainability of patient-centred practices, the programme emphasised behaviours of exemplary leaders and will enable nurse managers to identify personal leadership styles and philosophies and learn how to incorporate them when guiding healthcare teams.
The sessions focused on two core competencies — managing self and leading others. These competencies are important for all nurse leaders and align with the HMC Code of Leadership.