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Qatari nurse highlights pride in profession at major health conference

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An emergency care nurse was among the health professionals and campaigners to feature in a short film played today at a major international health conference.

Enaam Al Naimi, nurse leader at the Hamad Medical Corporation in Doha, Qatar, was chosen to represent nursing on the film, which was shown to global healthcare leaders and influencers.

“Nursing is a noble profession that helps people and patients” 

Enaam Al Naimi

Ms Al Naimi, who has worked as a nurse at the Hamad’s emergency department for 16 years, described nursing as a “noble profession that helps people and patients”.

However, despite her pride in nursing as a career, she noted that her family had initially been unhappy with her decision to join the profession.

“I chose this profession out of love and conviction, as it enables you to contribute to healing patients, and sympathise with them,” she said. “It is a career through which you can give and help people.

“At first, my family did not accept my profession but over time, when they saw my work and how important it is, they became proud that I had become a nurse,” she said.

“I hope nursing will receive more attention, with more Qatari men and women choosing nursing as a profession,” said Ms Al Naimi.

She added: “I am proud of the nurses working in the emergency room, as they are able to meet challenges they face with patience, commitment and determination.”

She was one of five people intended to represent the “diverse community” of people involved in the work of the World Innovation Summit for Health, which is being held in Qatar.

Also in the film was Adepeju Jaiyeoba, founder of the Brown Button Foundation, an non-government organisation working to improve healthcare delivery in rural communities in Nigeria, especially on maternity safety.

The others to appear included Maria Montero, the lead surgeon on the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, Paola Barbarino, chief executive of the charity Alzheimer’s Disease International, and former US president Jimmy Carter.

A report – titled Nursing and Midwifery – was also launched this week at the conference. Nursing Times is a media partner of the event.

Harnessing the full potential of nurses and midwives will be essential in ending health inequalities around the world, global leaders have urged.

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