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Up and Coming Nurse Leaders in Qatar

Nursing leaders are supervisors, unit managers/head nurses, charge nurses, case managers and managers of quality improvement. These professionals are leading the way in Qatar in order to transform the work-life and image of nursing in this country and improve patient safety and outcomes.

Qatar has a long history of prominent nursing leaders who have worked hard to advance their profession and provide excellent patient care. In 2010, the first graduates from the University of Calgary - Qatar's Bachelor of Nursing degree program joined the ranks of distinguished nurses in Qatar.

2010 Nursing Leaders

University of Calgary - Qatar nursing student Aisha al - Kahayarien conducted interviews with several of the 2010 bachelor of nursing graduates about their experiences learning how to be good leaders, and about their goals for the future.

Asma Al Bulushi

Asma Abu Hassan

Buthaina Abdullah

Fatima Yadegari

Jeneeha Al-Hebabi

Khadra Yassin

Mariam Al Abdullah

Wahiba Al Saad

Zeinab Idris

Recommendations for the Future: promoting leadership in nursing in Qatar

  • Incorporate knowledge from the natural sciences and social sciences with nursing knowledge in the practice of nursing.
  • Incorporate caring in nursing practice.
  • Apply theoretical frameworks of nursing into nursing practice.
  • Show responsibility for the professional practice of nursing within current legal, ethical and professional standards.
  • Apply research findings in the practice of nursing.
  • Acknowledge responsibility for independent professional development.

Asma Al Bulushi

Asma graduated from UCQ in 2010. She has worked for about 12 years in the cardiology unit at HMC as a staff nurse.

Her experience in university was totally different. She loved working in the cardiology unit, but she thinks that her recent education has developed her leadership skills and provided new skills that help her to bridge between theory and research and evidence-based practice at work.

Asma believes that mentorship should guide, help, and suggest ways of improving leadership skills in others. Asma feels that practicing leadership has helped her to develop her skill, especially in time management.

Interview by Aisha Al Khayarin

Asmaa Abu Hassan

Leading up to her studies at UCQ, Asmaa was a staff nurse in primary health care for 10 years. After she graduated from UCQ in 2010 she started working as a In-Charge nurse. She shares her experience, explaining that she had a very changeable career while she was working in primary health care.

Asmaa believes that education was a valid background and starting point for developing her leadership skills. Also, the mentorship offered to her was a good guide and director to her leadership skills. It helped her to modify her skills for better implementation. Asmaa believes that "practicing plays a big role in my leadership skills." Also, she said that her experience at UCQ helped her to realize, recognize and understand her strengths and weaknesses in her ability to lead.

Interview by Aisha Al Khayarin

Buthaina Al Naqeeb

Buthaina is a post-diploma Qatar nurse who graduated from UCQ with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 2010. Before she received her degree, Buthaina worked in primary health care. Now she is working as a patient educator.

She said that she enjoys working as a nurse and her education experience has made some positive changes in her career. Now she is planning to complete studies at the graduate level. Buthaina's work as a diabetic educator and a nurse in primary health care has spanned seven years. She said that it was difficult to be a nurse in the beginning, but after practicing new skills it became easier to work in nursing in the hospital over time.

Her general view of nursing is that it is changing for the better and nurses are beginning to get more respect for the jobs that they do. Buthaina hopes to be part of the good leadership in nursing in the future of Qatar.

Interview by Aisha Al Khayarin

Fatima Yagedari

Fatima is originally from Iran, and she had six years of nursing experience in Qatar before gaining her Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Calgary - Qatar in 2010. Fatima's present position is as a case manager at HMC. When she first became a nurse, Fatima found her job difficult as nurses have to deal with a large spectrum of people with different issues and conditions, and she found it was important for her to be confident in her knowledge and skills.

Fatima gets great satisfaction from being able to help both sick and healthy people. As she gained experience she became more confident and satisfied with her work. Most recently, gaining her baccalaureate education at UCQ has strengthened Fatima's perceptions about nursing. Fatima feels that there is a much more positive image about nursing now. Her goal for the next five years is to become a head nurse, so then she will be able to lead some positive changes in the department. Fatima is hoping to get chance to complete her studies with a masters degree.

Fatima feels that her education has helped her to develop her leadership skills. She says that during her studies at UCQ there were lots of activities that were designed to develop her leadership skills. She loved to work in groups which helped her to improve her skills and critical thinking. As a nurse, she is committed to always being more competent in her skills, and she feels that she needs to engage in mentorship programs which will help her continue to gain new skills and knowledge. In the end, she said that "practicing is always the key in gaining any skills, because practical learning goes with theory and clinical."

Interview by Aisha Al Khayarin

Jeneeha Al-Hebabi

Jeneeha became a head nurse in the Cardiology unit at HMC after her graduation from UCQ. Before 2010 she worked as a staff nurse in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NCU), at the Women's Hospital. Her experiences in the Women's Hospital helped her studies at UCQ and continue to inform her practice.

She was happy to have chance to complete her studies by earning a bachelor of nursing degree, and she learned a lot, which is helping her in her supervisory work in the Cardiology unit. Jeniha mentioned that education is the source of her knowledge.

Education helped her to gain her leadership skills and to become more confident when working with her staff. Mentorship in her view is very important, she says that being mentored is only part of the whole picture; "When you are practicing you will gain more skills and that will raise your confidence."

Interview by Aisha Al Khayarin

Khadra Yassin

Khadra has been a head nurse in ICU at the Hamad Medical Corporation for about four months. During her 10 years in the nursing profession her specialty was in surgical intensive care. She describes her experience studying for her bachelor degree at UCQ as full of challenges, and says that it opened her eyes to new knowledge and ideas. "Communicating with friends in groups study and writing assignments together made the school years easier and fun." She loved to work in group which improved her communication and it helped her to enjoy studying.

For Khadra, going back to work to practice nursing in the hospital was very different than in the school setting. Also, dealing with new people and patients was a new challenge for her. However, she said "The best thing of hospital setting is the experience that I get from dealing with different diseases and applying what I learned at school." Khadra said that nurses all over the world are focusing their nursing career on initiating research, which improves their practice and at the same time enhances the profession. Accordingly, Khadra's career goal is to apply research in Qatar, because to excel as a nurse, she believes that she must apply evidence based practice and not only focus on what has been practiced before. "My education was important to develop my leadership skills and to help me understand the process of excellent leadership."

Interview by Aisha Al Khayarin

Maryam Al-Abdulla

Maryam is Qatari, and she worked at Hamad Hospital for two years as nurse before begining her studies at the University of Calgary - Qatar. She completed her degree and graduated in the first UCQ convocation in 2010. Since graduating, Maryam has been working as a case manager at HMC.

Maryam started her education with the High Institute of Nursing and believes she received a good experience for starting nursing there. In her first two years practicing nursing she had both bad times and good times. It was difficult for her in the beginning, but with support she was able to overcome all the difficulties.

Maryam enjoyed studying at the Higher Institute of Nursing and found that she did lots of research there that helped her to be ready for university. Her perception of nursing is that she did not know the full impact of nursing to her life, but she has learned many things. Her plan for the next five years is to study for a master's degree at the University of Calgary - Qatar.

Interview by Aisha Al Khayarin

Wahiba Al Saadi

Before gaining her Bachelor of Nursing degree at the University of Calgary - Qatar, Wahiba worked for eight years at Hamad hospital as a staff nurse. Her current job is a Head Nurse in Aged Care. She has had a good experience and had many good challenges working at Hamad hospital.

For Wahiba, the importance of her education in developing leadership skills was very significant, because education helped her develop new strategies that are supported by internationally accepted leadership theories. Also, she has found the skills that she learned are helping her create a positive work place.

The mentorship she receives from other nurses is important because it will guide and help her to makes the right decision. Furthermore, she believes that using the knowledge that she has gained in real life situations is enhanced by her ability and confidence gained from her leadership skills. Wahiba hopes to complete graduate studies and get a masters degree in the future.

Interview by Aisha Al Khayarin

Zeinab Idris

Zeinab Idris graduated from the University of Calgary - Qatar in 2010. Before her studies at UCQ, Zeinab worked for nine years as an intensive cardiac unit as In-Charge Nurse, and worked in an write out term in full before using the abbreviation (EPS). She wants to gain experience in each lab.

Zeinab has devoted her career to being a clinical educator to help patients and their families. She describes her experience as a student at UCQ as excellent, and she enjoyed being a student nurse. She mentioned that she learned many new things. For example, she learned about leadership and how to do research, and she believes these skills will help her a lot in her career in the future.

Zeinab wants to improve patient care and would like to change conditions in her department using the knowledge that she gained from studying at the University of Calgary - Qatar.

Interview by Aisha Al Khayarin

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