Maryam Al Neama, a nurse who works in the children’s Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) at Sidra Medicine added, “Nurses are essential members of any care team and are the first point of contact for patients and their families, positioning them as the voice of the patient. I have personally found the experience humbling and rewarding. The growing need for quality patient-centric care in Qatar makes now the best time for more Qatari nurses to join the ranks of this esteemed profession.”
Together with partners at the University of Calgary in Qatar (UC-Q), Sidra Medicine has been heavily involved in profiling the benefits and opportunities a career in nursing offers. The organization currently sponsors six Qatari students studying at UC-Q as part of the Bedayati Program — a one-year New Graduate Nurse program designed to attract national nurses to Sidra Medicine. It supports the transition of Qatari nurse students to their professional role at Sidra Medicine. Once onboard, Qatari nurses embark on a progressive career path, which encourages them to develop, complete their masters and serve by example in promoting the role of nurses in healthcare.
Sidra Medicine is also pioneering the Nurse Practitioner (NP) profession, currently employing 25 NPs from the US and the UK. NPs, who have earned a Master’s Degree in Nursing, are able to prescribe medicine, order tests and diagnose conditions in collaboration with the doctor. NPs can also train to perform minor procedures in the operating room.
“As we ramp up operations through mid-2018, the medical teams at Sidra Medicine continue to rely heavily on our strong nursing team to provide the best care possible to our patients. We are proud beyond words to have gathered such an incredible group of people, with endless compassion and skill and are committed to encouraging others to follow suit,” added Sidra Medicine’s Deborah Kelly