Master in Ophthalmic Nursing

The profession of Ophthalmic nursing continues to magnify and progress in response to the increasing healthcare expectations, advancing technology and changing priorities. The changing needs of the healthcare system has been met by developing advanced practice educational programs, including specialized nurse practitioners, who are competent clinical decision makers able to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide effective and holistic eye care services. Ophthalmic Nurses are expected to provide effective care integration and management of patient flow, enhanced knowledge, exceptional skills and innovative minds for the provision of safe and quality patient care.

Ophthalmic nurses have the ability to apply medical and nursing intervention that fulfil visual care requirements with a primary role that lies in developing and maintain the highest standards of care, and helping patient adapt to new life style altering conditions.

LEARNING OUTCOME

  1. Demonstrate a command of knowledge on the eye anatomy, physiology, and visual system pathological processes that lead to systemic effect on the body. 
  2. Critically appraise, evaluate and integrate theories and perspectives of the visual system and ocular health in the practice and management of ocular abnormalities using evidence based practice.
  3. Demonstrate competence and skills required for critical assessment, the triage, diagnosis, application and co-management of contemporary refractive and ocular diseases using imaging technologies.
  4. Undertake an integral specialist role in the pre and post-surgical care for minor and major ophthalmic surgery procedures.
  5. Demonstrate analytical and problem-solving skills in a variety of theoretical and practical situations with particular emphasis on primary eye care.
  6. Manage and coordinate nurse-led clinics including referrals to other specialties.
  7. Act as a resource, teacher, educator, researcher and mentor to promote ocular health.
  8. Promote and support the well-being of under-privileged populations including the pediatric, geriatric and visually impaired populations.
  9. Exhibit personal behaviors, attitudes and values that express awareness of legal and ethical issues in ophthalmic nursing.
  10. Conduct clinical research and data analysis to enrich and improve patient eye care services.

 

Careers of graduates:

A master’s in ophthalmic nursing is currently the highest degree obtainable in this discipline. Graduates of this program can have several career paths including:

  • Ophthalmic Nursing services Director- Manages patient flow in ophthalmic departments in hospitals and other large healthcare organizations. Ophthalmic Nursing directors can also train and direct staff, monitor budgets, and ensure all systems are in compliance with regulatory standards.
  • Director of ophthalmic surgical services- Coordinates surgical services preoperatively, monitors quality of surgical services, and educates staff on up to date practices.
  • Advance ophthalmic Nurse practitioner- Responsible for medical eye interventions under the supervision of ophthalmologists in hospital and clinical settings.
  • Primary eye care practitioner- Coordinates school and community eye screenings in collaboration with Palestinian Ministry of Health. Furthermore, ophthalmic nurses can function as school health care practitioners.
  • Academic- responsibilities would include field work, research, teaching and training of future nursing professionals.