The Hamad Medical Corporation will discontinue its internship programme for nurses soon with the passing out of the present batch, according to a senior official. This was announced by Dr Hanan Al Kuwari, Managing Director, HMC at the Nurse Interns and Patient Care Assistants Recognition Ceremony yesterday.
“Our internship programme is aimed at developing the skills of new nurses to enhance their competence and enable them to work independently to provide first-class care to the community,” said Dr Al Kuwari.
“It is perhaps relevant to mention that Qatar now has a world class BSN programme through Calgary University-Qatar, and consequently our present batch of graduates will be our last. That does not mean that HMC will cease to fulfill its role in promoting the best nursing practice in Qatar. We are intensely focused on preparing the leaders of tomorrow, and will continue working with nursing schools in Qatar to provide the utmost support and guidance to nursing students and graduates, and to encourage and inspire more young people to follow this calling,” she said.
Ninety-seven interns, including 66 nurses and 31 patient care assistants, graduated yesterday. The nurses’ internship programme, which involves nursing graduates, is an eight-month course that includes clinical and theatre practices. To gain hands-on experience, they have training in various departments at HMC. The Patient Care Assistants, after a six-month internship programme that includes theatre, English language and clinical training, are posted as assistants to nurses at the emergency and
“Compassion, intellect, patience, diligence and courage are attributes that are essential to achieving a fulfilling nursing career — a career that holds no boundaries or borders to where the individual can progress to. In HMC, nurses play an integral part in providing quality patient care. They are the face of HMC shown to the community, the heart of HMC shown to the patients. They are the core and foundation of medical care and we are eternally grateful to the work they do for the greater good,” said Dr Al Kuwari.
HMC’s commitment to providing excellent health care is reflected in its constant and unequivocal quest for innovations in health care, and nurses play a decisive role in this endeavour. For this, she reminded the graduates that continuous education was the way. “Learning and education do not stop after graduating from college, or at the end of internship. It is a lifelong journey. In order to be committed to growth and improvement in profession, strive to reach a higher plateau of understanding and learning, to constantly aim towards excellence and settle for nothing less,” she said.
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