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Bright future ahead

UToday HomeDecember 10, 2012

Aisha Aize Al-Khayarin accepts her degree from President Elizabeth Cannon during convocation ceremonies in Qatar on Nov. 18.Al-Khayarin accepts her degree from President Elizabeth Cannon during convocation ceremonies in Qatar on Nov. 18.Recent University of Calgary – Qatar (UCQ) nursing grad, Aisha Aize Al-Khayarin, is a marketing and promotions dream. She is energetic, colorful and passionate about everything she says and does.

“I am fulfilling a dream not only for me but for my mother and my entire family,” says Al-Khayarin. “I have waited a long time for this and the time has now come. I am ready to help make a difference in nursing in Qatar.”

Al-Khayarin is one of three Qataris in the latest batch of nursing grads at UCQ. “When I started at UCQ, I saw myself as a regular nurse. But now I feel competent, more professional, more educated than anyone. I look forward to my first posting,” says Al-Khayarin.

“Aisha should be the ‘poster nurse’ for this nation,” says Leanne Wyrostok, UCQ’s Clinical Simulation Centre director. “She not only exudes pride and commitment to the profession of nursing, but she also realizes that the educational opportunities that UCQ offers for the advancement of nursing knowledge and skills is paramount to leading effective change in health-care delivery services within her great state.”

“As a nurse, I feel I have a lot to offer. I started out as a bedside care nurse in the pre-natal and induction units, and I have worked with multi-nationalities and multi-cultures,” says Al-Khayarin. “Bedside care nursing is very important and deals with critical situations. With my knowledge, competence and education, I feel I can make a significant contribution to health care in Qatar.”

“The university has also given me a chance to work as a research assistant in a breast cancer project,” continues Al-Khayarin. “I will do my best to make changes and add something new to patient care. I hope we can contribute to the 2030 Vision of The Emir and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.”

Aisha Aize Al-Khayarin bears the flag during a Qatar National Day celebration at the University of Calgary – Qatar.Al-Khayarin bears the flag during a Qatar National Day celebration at the University of Calgary – Qatar.Al-Khayarin has chosen long term career as her nursing specialty. She wants to work with geriatrics and those with special needs. She has been an inspiration to everyone on campus, including nursing instructor Catherine Whitehead.

“One day in class I was attempting to draw an analogy of four concepts that are critical to health promotion,” says Whitehead. “I sketched out how drops of water could form a stream that became a river and eventually a waterfall to explain the difference between upstream and downstream health care. Then, I drew a tree (Canadian version) to illustrate how health is influenced by the pre-determinants and determinants of health. The students protested that I should draw a palm tree because it represented the concepts they were learning much better than the tree I described.”

It was then that Al-Khayarin told Whitehead she had an idea; she arrived several weeks later with a large representation of a palm tree, complete with dates.

“This gift from Aisha is now nurtured by other UCQ students as they feed and adorn it with a variety of current media that links health promotion with the wonders of the palm tree,” says Whitehead.

Al-Khayarin is awaiting her job placement at Hamad Medical Corporation. In the meantime, she will be working as a part-time research assistant at UCQ. She is also planning to enrol in the master’s program when it is launched in the New Year. With Al-Khayarin leading the way, the future of nursing in Qatar is looking very bright.