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Dr Ann Marie Cannaby (inset) giving a speech during GCC Nursing Day celebrations at Hamad Medical City Club House yesterday. (Abdul Basit)
By Fazeena Saleem
DOHA: The nursing department at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) yesterday launched a two-year nursing strategy to meet the increasing healthcare demands.
The strategy includes comprehensive efforts, including investment in targeted education and research programmes to develop Qatari nurse leaders of the future. It also has a provision to improve and provide most effective and caring services to patients.
“Nursing strategy will look at how nursing should develop in the next two years in education, research, developing Qatari nurses and supporting the sustainability of nursing in Qatar,” said Dr Ann Marie Cannaby, Executive Director of Nursing Department at HMC, on the sidelines of the fourth GCC Nursing Day held at Hamad Medical City’s Club House yesterday.
HMC currently has a total of 8,500 nurses and looking to recruit highly trained specialist nurses for its upcoming new hospitals such as the Ambulatory Surgery Centre, new Women’s Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre.
“We have new hospitals opening and we will have more recruitments, said Cannaby.
The Nursing Department at HMC has a separate programme to attract more Qatari nurses by supporting them to improve their educational qualifications and paying special allowances. A career awareness campaign too is being held for secondary school students highlighting the potentials of a nursing career in Qatar.
GCC Nursing Day is celebrated on March 13 to commemorate the establishment of the first nursing facility in a tent by Rufaida Al Aslamiya, who is honoured throughout the Eastern world as a nursing pioneer. She attended to the wounded along with her colleagues during the great battle of Al Khandaq in the time of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).
Different healthcare facilities under the HMC held their individual celebrations on March 13 and the collaborative event was held yesterday by the Nursing Department which celebrated the significant contribution of nurses.
The event was attended by nurses and healthcare teams across HMC and representatives from Primary Healthcare Centres.
The nursing team of Rumailah Hospital was awarded as the best among the HMC health care facilities.