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Sidra Medical and Research Center’s Chief Nursing Officer receives prestigious award from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Sidra Medical and Research Center today announced that its Chief Nursing Officer, Dr. Mary Boyd (Phd, MA, RGN, RGM) has been awarded the status of Fellow by the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). The RCSI is a health sciences institute which focuses on education and research to drive positive change in all areas of human health worldwide.

Dr. Boyd was awarded the prestigious Fellowship by examination, including a submission of a portfolio of Evidence and Viva, as well as a review of her contributions to nursing in terms of three key areas: teaching, research and practice. These areas mirror the three pillars of excellence in patient care, biomedical research and medical education on which Sidra was founded. Dr. Boyd also lectures students undertaking the Bachelor of Nursing program at the University of Calgary in Qatar.

“I am extremely proud to become a fellow of the RCSI at this exciting time in my career. The RCSI and Sidra share a strong commitment to excellence in clinical practice and recognize the power of education, training and working together to improve health and healthcare for people everywhere,” said Dr Boyd. “At Sidra we are working to transform the health and wellbeing of the people of Qatar and the region through the provision of world-class patient care, groundbreaking research and educating and training the next generation of healthcare professionals.”

Before joining Sidra, Dr. Boyd held a number of senior leadership positions in healthcare in Ireland. She was the National Strategic Lead for Bed Management and Head of Hospital Liaison in the Irish Department of Health. In this capacity, she successfully improved hospital access and quality of service for patients and was a major contributor to Irish healthcare reform. She has coached and mentored many of today’s Directors of Nursing in Ireland and the development of the profession of midwifery, children’s nursing and healthcare management in Ireland is in part attributed to Dr. Boyd’s leadership in collaboration with Irish academic institutions.

Sidra’s Member of the Office of the CEO and Executive Vice Chief Medical Officer Dr. Abdulla Al Kaabi noted Dr. Boyd’s emphasis on education as a key theme of her leadership at Sidra. “As an institution prioritizing excellence in all aspects of our work, Sidra has established the pursuit of education as one of its main pillars. We commend Dr. Boyd’s commitment to life-long learning and knowledge sharing both at Sidra and through her post at the University of Calgary,” said Dr. Al Kaabi.

Dr. Boyd’s contributions to the development of the health sector in Ireland were lauded by Professor Marie Carney, Dean of Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery at the RCSI. “Dr. Boyd’s dedication to the progress of nursing as a profession in Ireland and her focus on education and empowerment of our nurses and midwives has had a major impact on the evolution of the discipline. I am confident that her passion and experience will help build a strong foundation for nurses at Sidra and throughout Qatar,” said Professor Carney.

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