College Departments

The Nursing College has two departments: Clinical Nursing Sciences and Basic Nursing Sciences. These departments aim to provide students with fundamental and advanced nursing information that contributes to preparing competent nurses capable of providing comprehensive nursing care to all members of society.

Both departments oversee the optimal preparation and implementation of the educational process for all subjects. Continuous evaluation of the educational process is a key principle to ensure quality and excellence in department performance.

The departments comprise a distinguished group of faculty members from various academic ranks and research interests. They teach theoretical subjects and directly supervise students in practical training locations. Additionally, they supervise student graduation projects and participate in community service.

The current situation in Iraq reflects the urgent need for high-quality nurses and midwives to meet the wide range of healthcare services and the escalating daily emergencies and conflicts. Iraq faces significant changes politically, economically, demographically, socially, and in healthcare systems. These changes have direct and indirect impacts on individuals, families, community health, and the overall healthcare system.

In response to these challenges, a strategic action plan was developed by the Ministry of Health and Iraqi nursing colleges in collaboration with the World Health Organization in September 2003. This plan aimed at reforming basic nursing education and postgraduate studies, redirecting curricula towards primary healthcare and community health. It also focused on human, productive, and administrative resource development.

The national nursing faculty in Iraq worked diligently to develop the foundations of basic nursing education to meet their country’s demands. The increasing demand for high-quality nursing and midwifery services has put significant pressure on educational institutions, including universities and schools, to set their strategic directions and future plans. This includes focusing on adopting the World Health Organization’s recommendation that nursing entry should be standardized and limiting the classification of nursing personnel.

In response to this recommendation, a national nursing team, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, embarked on revising the Bachelor of Nursing Science curricula. Graduates are expected to become future nursing leaders, actively involved in developing clinical and community nursing, as well as nursing management and education. They should also be able to apply research procedures to study nursing issues.

This curriculum adopts a problem-solving approach to nursing practice, enabling graduates to deal with complex and diverse nursing cases and empowering them to take more initiatives in nursing intervention. It will also prepare the best nurses, focusing on developing unique approaches to nursing institutions and practices to meet the healthcare needs and priorities, as well as the political, security, social, economic, religious, and cultural changes in Iraqi society.