Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

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This department is one of the departments of the Nursing College at the University of Sulaimani. It was founded in the academic year 2004–2005. The aim of this department is to prepare students to focus on direct nursing care for psychotic and mentally ill people.

The principles of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing are:

1) Patient should be accepted exactly as he is

2) Self-understanding should be used as a therapeutic tool.

3) Consistency is used to contribute to patient security.

4) Reassurance must be given in a suitable and acceptable manner.

Department Vision:

Our vision is to teach students how to improve the lives of those living with mental illness and provide emotional wellness for individuals and families as we strive to deliver the services and support necessary to improve the quality of life for children, youth, and adults with mental illness and addictive disorders.

Department Mission:

The mission is to enhance mental health awareness among the students, promote individual empowerment, and increase access to treatment and services for persons living with mental illness.

We work to help people by serving mental health, special education, and community support needs through direct service, policy advocacy, and outreach.

Learning Outcomes:

Learning outcomes are measurable statements that articulate at the beginning what students should know, be able to do, or value as a result of taking a course or completing a program.

This patient-centered clinical course helps students develop skills in providing and managing nursing care for adolescent, young adult, adult, and elderly patients with mental health disorders. The student will practice critical thinking, communication skills, the application of technology, and professional responsibility while safely caring for patients. Major emphasis will be placed on the nursing care of patients with anxiety disorders, affective disorders, and thinking disorders. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. Students are required to pass this course to progress in the program. The student can demonstrate critical thinking by applying the nursing process to provide safe, culturally appropriate, patient-centered care.

The student can demonstrate effective use of the nursing process while caring for the patient with mental health disorders.

Study Methods:

The semester system used in this department consists of two semesters.

The method of the study depends on theory and practice within reports. The assessment is achieved via two mid-term exams, the final exam, assignments, case studies, seminars, and reports.


The language of instruction at this department is only English.

Language of the study at this department is only English.


The duration of study at this department as a part of the College of Nursing requires four academic years of full-time study.

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