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S.T.A.B.L.E. Program – Doha, Qatar
By Ann Schwoebel, MSN, RNC, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Lead Instructor
Pennsylvania Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

S.T.A.B.L.E. Class Date: March, 2008

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In March 2008, Patti Clifford MSN, RNC Clinical Nurse Specialist and Jackie Evans, MD Medical Director of Children�s Hospital of Philadelphia Intensive Care Nursery and myself had the great opportunity to introduce the S.T.A.B.L.E Program and the Cardiac Module to physicians and nurses in Doha Qatar. The S.T.A.B.L.E. program was held as a pre-conference day at the International Neonatal Cardio-Respiratory Symposium presented by the Hamad Medical Corporation

The program was well received with sixty-nine (69) participants in the S.T.A.B.L.E. Learner Course and two (2) participants in the S.T.A.B.L.E. Instructor Course. There were 2 physicians, 6 respiratory therapist, 59 nurses and 4 nursing students in attendance.

S.T.A.B.L.E. Attendees
S.T.A.B.L.E. Attendees

Qatar (pronounced KAH-ter) occupies a small peninsula that extends into the Persian Gulf from the east side of the Arabian Peninsula. Saudi Arabia is to the west and the United Arab Emirates to the south.

Qatar is largely barren, flat desert. Water is scarce, and agriculture is minimal. Once a nomadic society, Qatar now has little rural population. Doha, the main urban
center, is on the eastern coast of the peninsula.

Patti Teaching the Cardiac Module
Patti Teaching the Cardiac Module

About 40% of the inhabitants are Sunni Arabs of the Wahhabi sect of Islam. There are Christian and other minorities. Other ethnicities include South Asians, Iranians, and Palestinians. Less than one fifth of the population is native Qataris; most of the nursing staff working in the intensive care nursery is from the Philippines and India. Arabic is the official language, although English is widely used.

Patti and myself with several of our colleagues from Hamad Medical Hospital
Patti and myself with several of our colleagues from Hamad Medical Hospital

Materials donated by The S.T.A.B.L.E. Program:

  • 20 Learner Manuals
  • 1 Instructor Manual
  • 1 CD-ROM Slide Program
  • 1 Physical Exam and Gestational Age Assessment CD-ROM
  • 1 Cardiac Module CD-ROM Slide Program
  • 10 Cardiac Module Handbooks
The S.T.A.B.L.E. Program