Qatar: New Standards for Home Nurses

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Qatar: New Standards for Home Nurses

Gulf Times, 24 July 2023: The Qatari Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced a new home nursing service regulations. The Ministry has introduced a new job title of home nurse for which there will be registration and licensing standards within the nursing categories set by the Healthcare Professions Department at MoPH.

The regulation of home nursing will allow nursing staff who are sponsored by a patient or their family and those who do not work for any of the licensed health facilities, to apply for registration and licensing through MoPH. They will have to meet all conditions and requirements that ensure a nurse’s competence and integrity. This will include the verification of the validity of their certificates and documents, work experience, academic qualifications, and they will also have to pass the Ministry’s licensing examination for nursing staff.

Applicants will need to have an intermediate certificate in nursing, such as associate degree in nursing or diploma from a technical secondary nursing school or another relevant nationally recognised study programme. The licence will also be granted to nurses who have a bachelor’s degree in nursing who can demonstrate commitment to the scope of practice and the field of work.

These nurses will also have to complete Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits, as 80 credits will be required for licence renewal.

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Tanya Jain