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March 12, 2012

Building capacity for nursing and research in Qatar

Two recent educational events demonstrate the collaborative relationship between SickKids and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC).

Held in January, the events focused on nursing leadership and child health research, both areas where SickKids and HMC are working hard to create a strong foundation for future growth.

The First Symposium for Pediatric Nursing Leaders was created to explore the many ways nursing leaders can take positive action through evidence-based best practices and research, and the benefits such action can have on patient care. Speakers at the symposium, which included nursing professionals from both SickKids and HMC, stressed the strong role nursing leaders can play in the development of a strong, collaborative and supportive nursing environment.

Margaret Keatings, Chief Interprofessional Practice and Chief Nurse Executive for SickKids, was impressed by the commitment to nursing leadership she saw at the symposium. “At SickKids, we’ve implemented a broad range of tools and resources to support our nursing leaders,” she says. “I was thrilled to be able to share what we’ve learned at the symposium, and to have the opportunity to support our partners in advancing their Nursing Leadership Model.”

The Second  Annual Child Health Research Day was also a partnership between SickKids International and HMC. Open to researchers in HMC and across Qatar, it highlighted the importance of research in a world-class paediatric health organization.
The event was an opportunity to feature research projects as well as to connect researchers and focus on issues relevant to children’s health in Qatar. The theme was “Celebrating Collaborative Research”.

Dr. Allan Coates, Research Director for the Qatar Project, made the point that, while the First Annual Research Day was really a Sickkids endeavour with some help from Hamad Medical Corporation, the 2012 event was very much a Hamad endeavour with some help from SickKids. “This is a great example of building capacity and sustainability in Qatar,” he said. Coates looked forward to the presentations that would show case child health research done by Hamad investigators.

Cathy Seguin, SickKids’ Vice-President for International Affairs, says the two events illustrate the collaborative nature of the partnership with HMC. “It’s exciting to see how our work to establish a state-of-the-art children’s hospital in Qatar has blossomed to include learning experiences such as the nursing symposium and research day, which will enhance child health services for Qatar,” she says.

SickKids International began its five-year partnership with Hamad Medical Corporation in 2010. 

Read more about the project.