Posted on September 30, 2018

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), an initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF), and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) have partnered to hold the first board meeting of ‘Nursing Now Qatar’, part of a global campaign run in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Nursing Now Qatar, which was launched earlier this year at the Middle East Forum for Quality and Safety in Healthcare, in Doha, supports the global ‘Nursing Now’ campaign. The overarching goal of the campaign is to improve healthcare globally by raising the profile and status of nurses worldwide; influencing policy-makers;and supporting nurses to lead, learn, and build a global movement.

The ‘Nursing Now Qatar’ board brings together senior representatives of HMC, WISH, Primary Health Care Corporation, QF member Sidra Medicine, Al-Ahli Hospital, and the University of Calgary in Qatar. During its inaugural meeting, which was held at the Qatar Rehabilitation Institute within Hamad bin Khalifa Medical City, board members received an update on the ‘Nursing Now’ global campaign, set terms of reference for ‘Nursing Now Qatar’, and set goals and timescales for initiatives and events to promote nursing in Qatar over the coming year.

Among those initiatives are public awareness campaigns, and a ‘Nursing Now’ empowerment training program for Qatari nurses that will be delivered during Doha Healthcare Week, which will take place this November in the lead up to the WISH 2018 summit. Ms. Sultana Afdhal, CEO, WISH, said: “We are delighted to co-organize the inaugural meeting of this important initiative, which is the first of its kind in the Arabian Gulf region.Nurses and midwives globally make up half of the professional health workforce. However, they are often not enabled or supported to use their expertise to their full potential, which is an unfortunate waste of talent and resources. “Our goal is to empower nurses in Qatar, and ultimately everywhere in the world, to take up more leadership roles, and we hope that a larger number of Qataris choose nursing as a profession in the future.”

Dr. Nicola Ryley, Chief Nursing Officer, Hamad Medical Corporation, and Co-chair of the ‘Nursing Now Qatar’ Board, added: “Nurses and midwives have a long tradition of leading change across health services, demonstrating a passion for leadership and innovation to drive quality and performance improvements. “While these abilities are increasingly recognized across Qatar’s health sector, we need a concerted effort to ensure greaterinter-professional respect and collaboration. We have an amazing cadre of nursing and midwifery professionals working in Qatar, and the ‘Nursing Now’ campaign will help to harness their wide range of experiences and skills more effectively.”

WISH 2018, set to take place on November 13-14 at Qatar National Convention Centre, will include a focus on nursing. The summit will include panel discussions on nursing, host Chief Nursing Officers from around the world, and also host the global board meeting of ‘Nursing Now’ on its sidelines.