The University of Calgary in Qatar (UCQ) has inaugurated a new Master of Nursing (MN) Leadership program specifically designed at the request of Qatari nurses. Created in partnership with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) the MN Leadership program is the direct result of close collaboration with Qatar’s community of nurses.
By educating the nursing leaders of tomorrow, UCQ is strategically significant in the achievement of key goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030 as well as the National Health Strategy 2011-2016. All three of UCQ’s MN programs are designed to further develop a national workforce capable of delivering high-quality health services and research.
“The Master of Nursing Leadership program has been developed in response to the request of the Qatari nurses, who are looking to equip themselves with the knowledge and training to be successful in leadership positions,” noted Dr. Kim Critchley, UCQ Dean and CEO.
“The MN Leadership program is focused on developing leadership skills within the nursing profession in Qatar. We are so proud to be able to deliver the program, and we thank the State for its support.”
The MN Leadership program will prepare skilled nursing professionals to drive the quality and good management of the country’s growing health services. The program will contribute directly to Qatar’s human development, as all 8 students in its first intake are Qatari nationals.
Maytha Al Bouainain, Executive Director, Community Affairs and Patients Engagement at Hamad General Hospital, is a student in the MN Leadership program.
“As a Qatari, it is very important to me to uplift and advance the professional standard of nursing in Qatar and around the world,” she said.
“There are huge opportunities to develop the nursing profession through collaboration and education – that is exactly what I aim to achieve by participating in the MN Leadership program. The MN Leadership program will enhance the skills of nursing professionals and ultimately the patient care and health services as a whole, which will benefit Qatar’s population.
The launch of the MN Leadership program coincides with another UCQ milestone, the completion of studies for the University’s first MN graduating class. Earning advanced nursing degrees in oncology and thesis-based research, they will be the first MN graduates educated in Qatar, for Qatar.
UCQ established its internationally-recognized Canadian nursing education in Qatar in 2007. Since then, 150 nursing professionals have graduated from its gold-standard Bachelor of Nursing (BN) programs. Currently, 30 students are enrolled in its three MN streams and over 450 students are enrolled in its nursing programs.
UCQ will accept applications for its next intake of MN programs from February 1, 2015 to April 1, 2015. These programs will commence in January 2016.