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Nursing - A Proud and Innovative Profession

Today's nurses are accomplished scientists, health administrators, researchers and clinical professionals. Nurses confront the world's most urgent health issues, and are responsible for key innovations that improve health care systems.

Why be a nurse?

As a nurse, you can do exciting work that is crucial to a healthy society. You can save and change lives. Many people think of nurses as "angels of mercy," but they are much more than that. Of course, nurses are compassionate and caring, but they are also highly trained healthcare professionals who require creativity, intelligence and specialized skills to do their jobs. A career in nursing is challenging, diverse and rewarding. It is an excellent choice for ambitious people who want to work in the field of health sciences and make a real difference in the world by helping others.

What do nurses actually do?

In a clinic or hospital, nurses work closely with patients, using advanced technology to help people heal. Nurses advocate for patients with other health care workers and coordinate care delivery by physicians, social workers, physical therapists and the whole health care team. Nurses provide emotional support and care to patients and their families. Perhaps most importantly, nurses teach patients how to survive illness and live healthier lives.

As well as helping and treating people who are already sick, nurses also work to prevent illness and injury. Nurses can be found working in schools, in business environments, in government, in the military, and as researchers and educators. Wherever they are working, nurses help families and communities live better.

Rufaidah Bint Sa'ad

The founder of nursing in the Islamic world.

Florence Nightingale

The founder of nursing in the western world.

Matron Aisha Rashwan

Pioneering nurse in Qatar, 1967.

Jeanne Mance

Canada's first nurse.

Dr. Nabila Al-Meer

Executive Director of Nursing at Hamad Medical Corporation.

Dr. Fouzia Al Naimi

Nursing Advisor for the Qatar National Health Authority

Nasra Faraj Al-Noubi

Pioneering Qatari nurse.

Najia Khamis al-Ali & Sharifa Al Malki

Pioneering Qatari nurses.

Rufaidah Bint Sa'ad

Rufaidah Bint Sa’ad of the Bani Aslam tribe of the Khazraj tribal confederation in Madinah is widely recognized to be the founder of the Nursing profession in the Islamic world. She was born in Yathrib before the migration of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). She was among the first people in Madina to accept Islam and was one of the Ansar women who welcomed the Prophet on arrival in Madina.

Rufaidah's father was a physician. She learned medical care by working as his assistant. Her history illustrates all the attributes expected of a good nurse. She was kind and empathetic. She was a capable leader and organizer, able to mobilize and get others to produce good work. She had clinical skills that she shared with the other nurses whom she trained and worked with. She did not confine her nursing to the clinical situation. She went out to the community and tried to solve the social problems that lead to disease. She was both a public health nurse and a social worker.

Rufaidah is famous for leading groups of volunteer nurses to treat casualties on the battlefield during a time of war. She is said to have participated in the battles of Badr, Uhud, Khandaq, Khaibar, and others. In times of peace, Rufaidah worked diligently to come to the assistance of every Muslim in need – especially the poor, the orphaned, and the handicapped. She was a skilled and knowledgeable nurse, and was said to be kind, empathetic, and a capable organizer. Rufaidah truly exemplifies the many dimensions of a devoted nurse.

History has also recorded the names of many women who worked with Rufaidah: Umm Ammara, Aminah, Umm Ayman, Safiyat, Umm Sulaim, and Hind. Other Muslim women who were famous as nurses were: Ku'ayibat, Amiinat bint Abi Qays al Ghifariyat, Umm 'Atiyyah al Ansariyat, and Nusaibat bint Ka'ab al Maziniyyat.

Profile excerpted from Dr. Omar Hassan Kasule, Sr.

فلورانس نايتنجيل Florence Nightingale

إحتفالاً بالأسبوع العالمي للتمريض ترغب جامعة كالجاري – قطر في التعريف بالإسهامات المتميزة للممرضين و الممرضات الذين إرتقوا بانفسهم و برعوا في مهنتهم. رغم مولدها بالقرن الثامن عشر إلا إن توجيهات فلورانس نايتنجيل في مجال العلاج و إصلاح المستشفيات أثرت في طبيعة الصحة العلاجية إلى اليوم. إن شغفها و طموحها كانا السبب وراء النظر إلى التمريض كمهنة نبيلة. نالت مكانتها من إهتمامها البالغ بكل مريض. إن نزاهة فلورانس و أفكارها منحتها لقب الرمز الأشهر في مهنة التمريض

In a tribute to International Nurses Week, the University of Calgary – Qatar would like to recognize the extraordinary contribution of all nurses – past and present – who have distinguished themselves and their profession. Though born in the 1800’s, Florence Nightingale's approach to treatment has influenced the nature of modern health care to this day. Nightingale was the first real advocate for nursing as a respected career. But she earned her notoriety for the compassionate care she provided to each and every patient under her watch. Florence Nightingale’s integrity, and her profound ideas for improved healthcare, has justly earned her the title as the most widely recognized icon of the nursing profession.

Matron Aisha Rashwan

Matron Aisha Rashwan came to Qatar from Egypt in 1967. She did many things to improve the education of nursing in that time. She was an important nursing teacher and worked to recruit Qatari girls to become nurses.

Aisha Rashwan started the practice of giving lectures in English because the language used in hospitals was English. Many hospital staff, doctors and nurses in Qatar were from other countries, so English was becoming the main language of health care communication.

Aisha Rashwan taught Qatari nurses how to deal with patients of both sexes, helping them become comfortable during their work so that female nurses could deal with the male patients without fear or embarrassment.

She planned a three year training course which advanced the approach to nursing as part of the early efforts of the Qatar School of Nursing. Nurses learned about basic nursing care, behavior of the patient, deportment, and practical procedures. At this time, there were no books or equipment. At that time many of the lectures were giving by the doctors from WHO and Englishs lesson were given by the Education Department.

During this time the number of hospital beds at Hamad Hospital increased from 24 to 250. There was a shortage of nurses, and so the nursing staff lived in a hospital residence and were on call 24 hours. In 1986, Aisha Rashwan worked at the Qatar Women's Hospital where she tried her best to make the nurses residence as much like ''home'' as possible. She was influential in advancing the education of nurses and increasing their respect in the workplace.

Profile by Nada Hussain Abdulla Al-Sharshani

جين مانس Jeanne Mance - The First Canadian Nurse

إحتفالاً بالأسبوع العالمي للتمريض ترغب جامعة كالجاري – قطر في التعريف بالإسهامات المتميزة للممرضين و الممرضات – في الماضي و الحاضر- والذين إرتقوا بأنفسهم وبرعوا في مهنتهم. إحتّلت الممرضة جين مانس مكانتها كشخصيةٍ تاريخيةٍ في كندا من خلال شجاعتها و تفانيها في توفير خدمة علاجية في أرض جديدة. خدمت جين مجتمعها بكبرياءٍ كأول ممرضةٍ كندية. حيث قامت شخصياً بجمع المال لإنشاء أول مستشفىً. لتفانيها واخلاصها، كرّست حياتها في تأمينِ الموارد المالية لمستشفياتٍ أفضل ومستوىً أرقى من العناية. جين مانس تمثّل الإهتمام بالمجتمعِ الذي يعدُّ حجر الزاوية لممرضة إستثنائية.

In a tribute to International Nurses Week, the University of Calgary – Qatar would like to recognize the extraordinary contribution of all nurses – past and present – who have distinguished themselves and their profession. Nurse Jeanne Mance earned her place as a National Historic Person of Canada for her courage in making hospital care available in a new land. Jeanne served her community with pride as the first Canadian nurse. She personally raised the money to found the first Canadian hospital. Her passion and her drive led her to spend her life securing the financial resources for better hospitals, and higher quality care. Jeanne Mance demonstrates the care for community that is the hallmark of an exceptional nurse.

Dr. Nabila Al Meer

Dr. Nabila Al Meer has been Executive Director of Nursing for the Hamad Medical Corporation since 1999.

She is the first Qatari to obtain her doctoral degree (PhD) in nursing. Dr. Nabila has worked to study and improve the image of nursing in Qatar. Her goal has been to learn how Qatari families view nursing as a career and encourage them to send their daughters to study nursing, despite the fact that it required them to work with men. Her efforts have helped evolve the way nursing is viewed in Qatar, and thanks to her leadership there are many young Qatari women pursuing nursing as a career.

Dr. Nabila was also instrumental in changing the language of instruction and the language of nursing practice from Arabic to English. Under her initiative, all nurses employed at Hamad Hospital are given a one year orientation in all departments to improve their work experience and to help them gain a good understanding about the full range of hospital services before they start their nursing practice in a specific unit.

Throughout her career Dr. Nabila Almeer has worked tirelessly:

  • to create better career opportunities for nurses
  • to demand excellence through a client-focused approach to nursing
  • to demonstrate the competency, quality and compassion of nursing professionals in Qatar.

Profile by Nada Hussain Abdulla Al-Sharshani

د/ فوزية النعيمي Dr. Fouzia Al Naimi

حتفالاً بالأسبوع العالمي للتمريض ترغب جامعة كالجاري – قطر في التعريف بالإسهامات المتميزة للممرضين و الممرضات – في الماضي و الحاضر- والذين إرتقوا بأنفسهم وبرعوا في مهنتهم.

In a tribute to International Nurses Week, the University of Calgary – Qatar would like to recognize the extraordinary contribution of all nurses – past and present – who have distinguished themselves and their profession. As the Nursing Advisor for the National Health Authority, Dr. Fouzia Al-Naimi brings both drive, and heart, to the advancement of nursing. Professionally, she has successfully prompted the development of superior training standards for Qatar. Personally, she has provided a passionate, credible voice for nurses – both nationally and internationally. Dr. Fouzia is a role model for excellence in nurse leadership.

Nasra Faraj Al-Noubi

Nasra Faraj Al-Noubi is Qatari. In 1969 she started her career in nursing. She studied at the Rumailah Hospital under Matron Aisha Rashwan and in 1972 Nasra joined the staff of Rumailah Hospital. Like many of the dedicated Qatari nurses of this time, Nasra continued to pursue her nursing education to advance her career.

In 1976 she went to Ireland to obtain her Nursing Registration Certificate. After returning to Qatar, she worked in the Burn Unit, a challenging posting. In 1984 she was promoted to Assistant Director of Nursing in Nursing Administration at Rumailah Hospital.

In 1988 Nasra went to Bahrain for a Diploma of Health Administration. She is now an Assistant Director of Nursing and Acting Director of Nursing at Rumailah Hospital. Nasra Faraj Al-Noubi has been a role model for Qatari nurses throughout her career, and continues to advance the role of nurses in Qatar.

Profile by Nada Hussain Abdulla Al-Sharshani

Najia Khamis al-Ali and Sharifa Al Malki

Najia Khamis al- Ali and Sharifa Al Malki are two more Qatari nurses who played an important role in improving the education in nursing.

When they graduated from the school of nursing they decided to work in the Women's Hospital, even though it was unusual for Qatari nurses to work there. Many families believed that Qatari females should not see pregnant women or labor and delivery rooms before marriage. In the past Qatari nurses struggled to pursue nursing because of the traditional culture and the old thinking of the community. By choosing to work at the Women's hospital Najia and Sharifa were challenging old stereotypes.

Najia and Sharifa faced many challenges to convince their families to allow them to study nursing in the first place. Their families were concerned because the nursing uniforms at the time were too short and there were no head covers. Another problem was they would be expected to work with the public and to deal with difficult things. Both women were able to convince their families to let them become nurses.

Student at this time were supported by the government in their studies and in 1977 Najia and Sharifa were selected to become part of the group of nurses who went to Ireland to study General Nursing. When they returned to Qatar they resumed their work at the Women's Hospital, and over time they became Head Nurses.

They became leaders while working with the female population of Qatar. In 1980 they were sent for another year to Ireland to take a diploma in (Midwifery). Through international education they learned new things in women's health and improved their language. Najia and Sharifa are the two Qatari nurses, who form the backbone of the Nursing at the Women's Hospital. Their stories reflect a commitment to change and to challenge the view of women in the society. Today society values the work that they did and these things reflect the growing and increasing in the number of application to the nursing.

Profile by Nada Hussain Abdulla Al-Sharshani

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