• 3/1/2020

    Doha, 1 March, 2020: A group of senior nurses from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) recently joined the internationally-recognized Florence Nightingale Foundation, making them the first international alumni of the program.

    Thirty Qatari and long-term resident nurses, including one male nurse, attended the prestigious Florence Nightingale Foundation leadership training program as part of their ongoing professional development. Twenty-five HMC and five PHCC nurses completed the interactive program, which was led by Professor Greta Westwood, CEO of the Foundation.  Dr. Nicola Ryley, Chief Nursing Officer at HMC, said the program provided an ideal forum for young nurse leaders to build their professional networks.

    “The program is designed to develop a cadre of young national nurses who will have the right training to help them in their personal development as leaders. This experience will be of great benefit to them as they progress on their career journey. Especially as they will be called upon to lead the next generation of nurses and midwives in Qatar and to help shape the relevant healthcare policies of the future,” said Dr. Ryley. 

    “As part of the integrated care efforts mandated by the National Health Strategy 2018–2022, we are working closely with Primary Health Care Corporation and warmly welcome the participation of their senior nurses in this program. These activities help to build important professional networks throughout the public healthcare system and are designed to support more collegiate working practices,” added Dr. Ryley.

    Professor Westwood, who led the four-day intensive training along with Professor Mandy Ashton, an experienced performance coach, said the program is designed to provide participants with a clearer understanding of their leadership style. 

    “It was an honor to deliver this leadership program, the Foundation’s first internationally delivered program, to this inspirational group. I was delighted to be joined by my colleagues from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) who delivered the program to the group of senior nurses. I now welcome them, as Florence Nightingale Foundation Nurses, into our alumni community,” said Professor Westwood.

    The program is one of the local initiatives arranged in Qatar as part of the Nightingale Challenge, which is an integral component of Nursing Now’s aim to improve health globally by raising the profile and status of nurses. HMC signed up to the global Nightingale Challenge last year and the local initiative is led by two aspiring nurse leaders: Ms. Asmaa Al Atey, Director of Nursing at Hamad General Hospital and Ms. Ameneh Zadeh, Nursing Duty Supervisor of the Emergency Department in Hamad General Hospital.