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The Islamic University of Gaza

Faculty of Nursing

Master of
Community Mental Health Nursing
""The Recovery-oriented Programme
Introducing IUG
IUG is an independent academic institution located in Gaza.
IUG is a home to the well-planned programs, a way to the
different community levels and a place for researchers and
good teachers. IUG is a member of four associations:
International Association of Universities, Community of
Mediterranean Universities, Association of Arab Universities
and Association of Islamic Universities.
IUG strives to be the leading Palestinian University working to
develop educational and cultural standards in Palestinian
society according to professional Values and Principles.
IUG tries very hard to
- provide high quality education to students, particularly those living
in Gaza Strip.
- encourage academic and scientific research to meet the challenges.
- participate effectively in developing Palestinian community.
- promote knowledge and professional skills and science
Organizational Structure
IUG is supervised and run by several bodies: Board of Trustees,
University Council, Academic Council, Faculty Councils, and
Department Councils. In addition to taking decision, these bodies are
responsible for planning and administering the entire activities in the
Facts and Figures
 There are almost 20,639 students at IUG, including 19,355 ;
undergraduates and 915 postgraduates. IUG graduates are
among the most employable in Gaza Strip In the academic year
2007-2008, 7,281 of undergraduates are studying at the Faculty of
Education, 2,725 at the Faculty of Engineering, 2,149 at the
faculty of Commerce and 2,036 at the Faculty of Sharia & Law.
The remaining are studying at the rest of the ten universities.
 IUG offers students a unique learning experience.
Undergraduates attend lectures, make projects and prepare a
research paper in the final year.
 From 1993 to 2008, 19,643 people joined courses, in 1272
programs offered by the Community Service & Continuing
Education, making IUG the largest provider of continuing education
in the Gaza Strip.
 The number of graduates at IUG has more than doubled in 30
years, from 3 in 1982 to 3,329 in 2007.
 Using one of the most recent admissions systems, staff at IUG
work very hard guiding students and serving the whole community
as possible as they can.
Islamic University of Gaza awards Master Degrees in the following
areas and majors: Engineering; Science; Education; Arts; Ussol
Eldeen; Sharia & Law. IUG awards Postgraduate courses of study
for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree.
IUG comprises the following programs in Master Degree:

Faculty of Engineering - Civil Engineering
- Design& Rehabilitation of Structure
- Architectural Engineering
- Computer Engineering
Faculty of Science - Mathematics
- Physics
- Chemistry
- Biological Sciences
Faculty of Commerce - Accounting and Finance
- Business Administration
Faculty of Education - Psychology
- Curricula and Methodology
- Fundamentals of Education
- Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Arts - Literature
- Rhetoric and Criticism
- Modern History
- Islamic History
Faculty of Ussol Eldee - Hadith Sciences
n -
Aqidah & Contemporary Schools
Interpretation& Quran Sciences
Faculty of Shariah & - Foundations of Jurisprudence
Law\Islamic Shariah - Comparative Jurisprudence
- Islamic Jurisdiction

Since its establishment, IUG has improved and encouraged
research. Therefore, faculty members and students should
carry out research and projects within and outside the
university in order to enhance creativity and scientific research
at the university and in the community.
IUG rewards faculty members who conduct research and
promote them. Most importantly, IUG has authorized awards
for scientific research in three disciplines:
– Human Studies
– Islamic Studies
– Engineering, natural and scientific studies
Other awards are considered such as the IUG award for the
best faculty member and graduation research paper in addition
to approving the regulation of the academic leave system.
Facilities & Centers
Quran Center
Centre for Environmental and Rural Studies
IUG Campus in Khanyunis
Business Research and Studies Unit
Architectural Heritage Unit
Quality Control Unit
Materials and soil lab
Projects and Research lab
MVU labs
Resource Development
Mental health nursing is a challenging branch of nursing that
will require exceptional communication in skills on nurse's
part. Qualities required include empathetic nature and desire to
assist people with complex and varied problems. Student of
this Master programme will learn to nurse and communicate
with people of all ages and ranges of mental health difficulties
and will have the opportunity to study within both innovative
community-and hospital-based facilities. Areas of study
include the theoretical issues relating to mental health nursing,
mental health in the context of the family and group-based
approaches toward mental health care.
This program is designed to provide higher level
knowledge, skills and leadership for nurses specializing in
the area of mental health. Graduates will work in either the
inpatient or community setting providing a variety of
specialist skills to meet the needs of mental health
consumers, their families, carers, and the wider
community. This program also provides pathways to
Masters and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs in
Mental Health Nursing.
Aim of the program
The aim of the "The Recover Program" is to improve
the quality of community-based nursing care for
people with severe and potential mental health
problems. It enables the participants to develop
knowledge, expert practice and leadership roles in
community mental health nursing to improve the
outcomes and experiences of community mental
health service users in Palestine.
Objectives of the program
1. Generate and apply knowledge about the biological,
psychological, social, cultural and spiritual aspects of the
human experience of health and illness
2. Provide primary, secondary and tertiary interventions
using a variety of treatment modalities to promote the
health and wellness of individuals, families and
3. Gain advanced knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary
to practice as a specialist mental health nurse in primary,
secondary and tertiary settings
4. Encourage the transfer of existing theoretical and clinical
knowledge into quality client care
5. Develop an understanding of major psychiatric disorders
with particular emphasis on the seriously mentally ill
6. Enable the nurse to develop proficiency in context related
competencies particular to psychiatric nursing
7. Encourage collaborative relations with the wider health care
professional team
8. Encourage the nurse to explore and develop strategies in clinical
situations with which they may not be familiar, thereby
broadening their range of clinical skills
9. Assist the nurse to identify individual strengths and weaknesses
with a view to developing strategies for further development
10.Enhance professional development
11.Further develop critical thinking skills in relation to clinical
12.Encourage independent/collaborative nursing practice designed
to meet the client's mental health and well-being
13.Develop an awareness of the clinical, community and other
resources available to support clinical care.
Frequently Asked Questions
* What academic qualifications will I obtain?
Successful completion of the program will give you a Master degree
in community mental health nursing from the Faculty of Nursing,
The Islamic University of Gaza.
* What entry requirements are necessary?
1-Bachelor degree in nursing
2- Experience in health settings (especially in mental health) for at
least 2 years
3- Fluency in English language
4-Passing personal interview
* How many students will be accepted each year?
25-30 students
* When will the program start?
It will start in the first semester 2009-2010 (September, 2009).
* What are the study days and hours?
3 days per week as follows: Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday:
from 14:00-18:00 (for the first and second semesters).
*First year, first semester: 10 Credit hours
No Course Credit Which
. hours module?

1 Contemporary mental health 2 Module: 1

2 Multidisciplinary mental health 2 Module: 2
nursing assessment

3 Mental health nursing (Theory) 3 Module: 2,3,4

4 Mental health nursing practice 1 Module: 2,3,4,

5 Pharmacology for mental health 2 Module: 4

Total 10
*First year, second semester: 10 Credit hours
No Course Credit Which module?
. hours

1 Counseling theories and skills 2 , Module: 2

2 Community mental health nursing 3 Module: 4,5,6

3 Community mental health nursing 1 Module:4,5,6
4 Engagement and Recovery 2 Module: 2

5 Cognitive and behavioral therapy 2 Module: 3

Total 10
*Second year, first semester: 10 Credit hours
No. Course Credit hours Which

1 Applied health research 2 Module: 1,2

2 Leadership and enabling changes in 2 Module: 1
mental health nursing

3 Advanced MHN Hospital-based 2 Module:

practice 2,3,4
4 Advanced MHN Community-based 4 Module:
practice 3,4,5,6
Total 10
* Total credit hours of postgraduate diploma in mental
health nursing:
First year/ first semester: 10 credit hours
First year/ second semester: 10 credit hours
Second year/ first semester: 10 credit hours
Thesis 6 credit hours

Total: 36 credit hours

Course descriptions
First year/ first semester:

Contemporary mental health nursing:

*Aspects of mental health nursing
*Trends in provision of care in mental health settings
* Issues relating to policy, planning, and clinical nursing practice
*Ethical issues when practicing mental health nursing
*Human rights regarding mental health/illness
*Stressing the importance of continuity of care
Multidisciplinary mental health nursing assessment:
* Holistic assessment of individual needs focusing on biological
& psychological, social, and spiritual aspects.
*Classifications and models of mental health/illness
*Concepts and process of risk assessment
*Working with insight/helping prevent relapse
*Methods of assessment, mental health state examination
*History taking
*Use of standardized assessment tools
*Formulating and writing nursing care plans
*Writing case notes, nursing notes
*Stigma, stereotyping and labelling
*Cultural perspective of mental health/illness
Mental health nursing (theory)
* Exploring the conceptual basis for professional nursing with
clients in the mental health field.
* Focusing on clients with psychiatric disorders and their mental
* Addressing health seeking behaviours pattern within the
context of psychiatric and mental health nursing concepts.
* Discussing concepts related to emotional problems, and
pathological reactions to life stresses.
* Discussing nursing strategies that are appropriate for
assessment and intervention with individuals, families and
groups to facilitate optimal mental health
* applying the nursing process in meeting needs of clients in
psychiatric/mental health settings
* Progressing toward increased responsibility for establishment
of therapeutic relationships and development of individualized
plans of care
Pharmacology for mental health nurses
*Promoting adherence to therapeutic regimen
*Managing acute mental illness in hospital and home treatment
*Contemporary practice in psychopharmacology
*Promoting concordance in treatment
*Monitoring side effects
Community mental health nursing
* Providing students with an opportunity to explore the role and
position of the community mental health nurse within a broad social,
political and ethical context.
* Investigating cultural perspective of mental health/illness and
stigma, stereotyping and labeling.
*focusing on a family interventions: assessment and engagement,
psycho-education, problem solving and goal setting, relapse
prevention, family group work
* Providing culturally sensitive nursing care within the context of
family and community to individuals or groups experiencing
disruptions in mental health.
* Providing safe nursing care for the patient experiencing disruptions
in mental health.
* Utilizing effective communication process to collaborate with
patients, staff, and families to promote, maintain, and restore mental
* Providing knowledge and skills to dealing with community mental
health resources and therefore providing knowledge for consumer,
family and wider community about mental illness and access available
resources to facilitate recovery process and in-turn enhance the lives of
individuals with mental disabilities
* Identifying clinically significant research problems within
community mental health nursing and integrate current research
findings with clinical practice
Engagement and Recovery
* Adopting recovery as a guiding purpose for mental health services
favors hope and creativity over disillusionment and defeat.
* Reviewing the history of the recovery concept, tracing it back to
the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
* Setting the concept of recovery in the context of developing
national and international practice.
* Seeking to explore definitions, together with the challenges and
implications of adopting such an approach.
* Recognizing that our services are at an early stage in developing a
recovery orientation and that there is an associated need for a new
research agenda to guide the way forward.
* Emphasizing the value and uniqueness of each person and regard
their different viewpoints and cultural perspectives as a resource.
•Providing several examples of ‘recovery in practice’ with contact
details from a wide variety of organizations from those governed and
run by people who use services to statutory sector developments and
•* Addressing common themes in recovery including the pursuit of
health and wellness; a shift of emphasis from pathology and
morbidity to health and strengths; hope and belief in positive change;
meaning and spiritual purpose of distress; service supports
reconceived as mentoring not supervisory; identity explored as a
cultural issue; social inclusion (housing, work, education, leisure)
Second year/ first semester:
Applied health research methodology
*Preparing a research proposal for a thesis or research project
*Consideration of issues and methods to qualitative research
*Gathering, analysis and presentation of qualitative findings
*Developing the knowledge and skills to critically evaluate
quantitative research and to design quantitative research projects
*Applying the knowledge to the development of a proposal for a
Leadership and enabling changes in mental health nursing:
*Clinical supervision
*Health promotion
*Organizational group structures-professional roles and boundaries
*Human motivation
*Decision making and problem solving
*Multidisciplinary team working
*Clinical governance
*Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
*Quality management framework
Human Resources
Academic Advisor: Dr Ashraf Eljedi, BSN, MSN, DrPH
List of local lecturers and trainers:
- Dr Ashraf Eljedi, PhD in Public Health
- Dr Abd Alkareem Rodwan, PhD in mental health
- Dr Ayesh Sammor, Psychiatrist
- Dr samir Qouta, PhD in Clinical Psychology
- Dr Ahmed Abo Tawahenah, PhD in Clinical Psychology
- Dr Abd Alhamid Afana, PhD in Community Mental Health, Gaza
Mental Health Programme, Gaza
- Mr Aref El-Tayyeb, Msc in Community & Mental Health
- Mr Bashir Al-hajjar, Msc, PhD candidate in Mental Health
- Mr Mohammed Al-Zeer, Msc in community and mental health
- Basel Al-khudari, Msc in Mental Health
- Muna mansour, Msc in Community & Mental Health
- Afaf Abu Gamar, Msc in Community & Mental Health
- Jameel Abd Al-Aty, Msc in Community & Mental Health
Historical view:
The decision to establish a faculty of nursing at the Islamic
University-Gaza (IUG) was taken in the academic year of 1985/1986
where at that time Gaza Strip was under the Israeli occupying forces
who refused to give permission for the IUG to establish that college.
In the academic year 1992/1993, the administration of the IUG
decided to open a department for nursing sciences under the umbrella
of the college of science on temporary basis in order to bypass the
Israeli decision. In 1994/1995 the department of nursing was
separated from the college of science and became an independent
The college of nursing works to prepare a new generation of nurses
who are well-prepared theoretically and practically in order to meet
the nursing needs of the Palestinian community. The college of
nursing already graduated many nurses who hold a BSN degree in
nursing and who work in several positions in different health fields.
Bachelor in nursing sciences
Bachelor in midwifery nursing
Upgrading RN to BSN
Master in community mental Health nursing.
The college of nursing designed its curricula so that it meets the
professional, national and international standards of nursing. This
will help its graduates to work and complete their postgraduate
education all over the world with no obstacles.
Objectives of the College of Nursing:
1. To Prepare well-qualified nurses who have a good theoretical and
practical background to meet the needs of the local and Arab
2. To Prepare nurses to practice the principles of Islam during their work.
3. To Design nursing curriculum that meets nursing standards at the local
and international levels.
4. To Help nursing students to master communication and coordination
skills with other members of the health team.
5. To Improve the theoretical and practical level of nursing students
through the use of different advanced teaching methods and aids and
follow up recent issues that relate to nursing.
6. To Help nursing students to master the necessary nursing skills.
7. To Understand nursing research and utilize it for the benefits of their
8. To Improve the leadership skills of our graduates.
9. Working to provide a foundation for establishing new postgraduate
programs in nursing.