Ophthalmic nursing continues to magnify and progress in response to the increasing demand and expectations for quality eye care services worldwide. 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.
Palestinian hospitals rely heavily on non-certified trained nurses to provide eye care practices. More than ten Palestinian hospitals with eye services lack the provision of eye services through advanced ophthalmic nurse practitioners. Several hospitals in the West Bank, including the Arab Hospitals inside the Green Zone have been approached, who acknowledged the deficiency of this specialty, and also appreciated having a master degree program to prepare professionals that would substantially improve the quality of eye care services in Palestine.
Careers of graduates:
The field of ophthalmic Nursing is growing rapidly as a part of the development and improvement of healthcare delivery globally. 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:
There are a wide variety of job aspects that would be available for those graduating from the masters of ophthalmic nursing program at AAUJ. The five main health providers of health services in Palestine are MoH, UNRWA, NGOs, Palestinian Military Medical Services (PMMS) and Private for profit. The Palestinian MoH is the main employer of the health sector, with 41.0% of all employees of the health sector being recruited by MoH health institutions. This is followed with the Private and NGOs health sectors that are in charge of 27.0% and 26.0% of all the employees of the health sector. UNRWA comes last with only 6.0% of health sector’s employees. Currently, Ophthalmic Nurses in Palestine practice either in hospital settings or private/NGO ophthalmology clinics. The job aspects for eye care providers are listed in details below, and table 1 indicates a list of the top institutions of eye care provision in the country.
Individual Private Practice
Ministry of Health Primary Care Clinics