What is Nursing
According to the International Council of Nurses (ICN) definition of nursing, "Nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities, sick or well, in all settings."
Nursing includes the promotion of health,
prevention of illness and the care of ill, disabled and dying people. ICN goes on to say that nursing also encompasses advocacy, promotion of a safe environment, research,
participation in shaping health policy and patient and health systems management and education. Providing High-Quality Patient Care
Our nurses at HMC work to promote health, prevent disease and help
patients cope with illness. They advocate on behalf of their patients
and are integral to the delivery of safe and effective healthcare. Their
commitment to caring for patients goes beyond the walls of the hospital
and into the community.
HMC has achieved the first accreditation of its
kind in the region for its Home Healthcare Services. The Home
Healthcare Service is reducing the need for unnecessary and prolonged
hospitalization, supporting our patients to be more independent at home,
and in the community, as well as providing health education to our
patients and their families.
Nursing is a highly complex, science-based field that requires specialist skills and training. Nurses work in an environment that is constantly changing. In order to provide the best possible care nurses must remain up to date with the latest models of care and advances in medical technology. In general, there are three educational paths to becoming a nurse:
- A diploma from an accredited nursing program or hospital.
- An associate’s degree in nursing (generally a two-year program).
- A bachelor’s degree.
As part of our journey toward delivering one of the best nursing services in the world, HMC is moving to a degree nursing workforce; as of April 2015, the baccalaureate in nursing (BSN) will be the entry qualification for new nurses and midwives.
How we are changing to meet the needs of Qatar’s population
Qatar’s population is continuing to grow and so too is the demand for highly skilled nurses. HMC’s Nursing Strategy
supports the modernization of the nursing service and will see the implementation of new ways of working, new roles and new ways of delivering education and training.
HMC aims to have one of the best nursing services in the world. Every action within the Nursing Strategy 2013-2015 is anchored by the quest for the right staff, educated to the right standards, in the right structure, giving the best care, as part of the Academic Health System