Posted on March 14, 2015

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is transforming the continuing education provided to its nurses and midwives in support of its vision of providing patients, and their families, with the safest, most effective and most compassionate care.

In 2014, HMC became the first healthcare organization in the GCC to be recognized by the American Nursing Credentialing Center as a provider unit of high quality continuing nursing education. Building on that success, a platform of foundation programs are currently under development; the suite of continuing nursing education programs will ensure all HMC nurses and midwives practice to the same high standards across the full range of medical specialties.

“One of the first of these programs is the Essential Midwifery Skills training program,” said Ms. Maureen Brown, Assistant Executive Director for Midwifery Education at HMC’s Women’s Hospital. “We initiated this program in August 2014 to continue to build on the skills of our nurses and midwives who provide care to women in Qatar during pregnancy, labor, birth and the postnatal period. The focus of the evidence-based program was communication and developing practice using a variety of educational methods and tools.”

Ms. Haila Salim, Assistant Executive Director for Nursing at the Women’s Hospital, expressed her support for the program and underscored the importance of developing the role of nurse-midwives in Qatar. Professor Ann-Marie Cannaby, Chief Nursing Officer at HMC, delivered a welcome address at a ceremony held at HMC’s Hotel and Club earlier this month to celebrate the successful completion of the program by its first batch of participants.