Posted on November 02, 2015

The University of Calgary in Qatar (UCQ) one of only 9 institutions authorized by the Supreme Council of Health’s Qatar Council for Healthcare to provide Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to healthcare professionals in Qatar, offered its first accredited CPD presentation this week. Ms Eman Ahmed Tawash, Director of the Undergraduate Nursing Program in the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Bahrain, spoke at UCQ to an audience of healthcare professionals from across Qatar.  Her topic -- the impact of culture on recruitment of national citizens into the field of nursing – addressed the challenges of attracting national citizens to the nursing profession in GCC countries.

Ms Tawash’s talk was part of the Distinguished Speaker Series presented by the UCQ Centre for Teaching and Learning  (CTL), and the first accredited CPD program presented at UCQ. “We are grateful that Ms Tawash presented her very important work with us at UCQ,” said CTL Director Dr Mary Gene Saudelli. “Her research is of value to Qatar as Nursing is vital to the health and wellbeing of all residents and this noble profession is essential to the realization of Qatar’s National Vision 2030.“

The CPD program contributes to the quality of care for everyone in Qatar by licensing healthcare professionals and providing ongoing training to professionals in order to continually build skills in line with the National Health Strategy 2011-2016 and Qatar National Vision 2030. Christine MacDonald, UCQ Senior Nursing Instructor and CPD Accreditation Project Coordinator, praised the State’s requirement of continual learning on the part of all healthcare professionals. “The mandatory system of CPD licensure of health care professionals for Qatar is an ambitious and unique national initiative, and we are proud to be a part of it,” she said.

UCQ is Qatar’s sole academic institution for the nursing profession, and for almost a decade has been educating the country’s nursing leaders.  In November 2015, the university will graduate 76 students from its Bachelor of Nursing (BN) programs.  An additional nine students will graduate from the Master of Nursing (MN) program, becoming the first MN graduates educated in Qatar, for Qatar.  26% of these UCQ graduates are Qatar Nationals.