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Oncology and Palliative Care Program

Mission Statement

Our mission is to improve the health status of cancer patients in Palestine. This is achieved through well trained and knowledgeable nurses, who have the ability to provide good quality, comprehensive care. We are looking to produce nurses who are committed to quality improvements, are accountable, use an evidence-based approach and make sound clinical judgments to improve the lives of patients. It is also important for  nurses to help advance the science of cancer through participation in research. In addition, we embrace a holistic and compassionate approach to patient care focusing on the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients.

Specific Objectives of the Program

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Achieve significant benefits for Palestinian cancer patients arising from care delivered by a more knowledgeable and skilled nursing workforce.
  • Disseminate good cancer nursing practice throughout the nursing and medical community through the sharing of best practice.
  • Establish leaders and role models in cancer nursing practice in Palestine
  • Achieve emergence of highly motivated and confident cancer nurses capable of reflective practice
  • Ensure enthusiasm and desire of cancer nurses to embrace more responsibility resulting from greater knowledge.
  • Increase the potential for the emergence of Palestinian cancer nursing research
  • Develop the ability to constructively criticize poor or outdated practices and be an agent for change in cancer care in Palestine 
  • Enable cancer nursing to be a more attractive career choice
  • Gain added respect from medical colleagues
  • Become the future educators on subsequent oncology nursing diplomas.

Learning outcomes for the High Diploma in Oncology and Palliative Care Nursing

Upon completion of the program students will:

  • Be able to understand the pathophysiology of cancer and oncologic disorders.
  • Be competent in the clinical diagnosis and management of these disorders.
  • Demonstrate clinical competency when providing quality nursing care for cancer patients
  • Understand clinical trial methodology and acquire competence in a selected research interest.
  • Develop and evaluate a personal philosophy of oncology nursing based on the program philosophy through the process of reflective practice.


The courses:

The program paradigm for the first cohort is presented in the following table:


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Course Description

1-      NOPC-400 Context of Cancer Nursing              3 Credits

This course introduces the learner to key con­cepts which have shaped the development of cancer services at a national and internation­al level. The study content explores how na­tions as well as individuals are affected by can­cer incidence and diagnosis. The cultural basis for cancer attitudes and values will be explored as well as  the relationship between self-beliefs and care practices. Different contexts of cancer pro­vision are identified and the role of cancer prevention, detection, health promotion and patient education in reducing cancer incidence are explored and discussed.

2-      NOPC-401 The Basic Science and Treatment of Cancer        3 Credits

This course is about the basic science and the biological processes that contribute to the development of cancer. This knowledge is important not only in under­standing how cancer arises but also why and how cancer treatment is given. New de­velopments in cancer treatment are occurring rapidly and the need to update knowledge and skills in this increasingly technical specialty is important for the nurse.

3-      NOPC-402  Information and Communication in Cancer Care. 2 Credits

This course provides the knowledge and skills required to communicate effectively with cancer patients. One of the criticisms in cancer health care across many countries is that com­munication is poor between health profes­sionals as well as between patients and care givers. Good communication can aid decision mak­ing and facilitate patient choice in self-manage­ment and independence. The student will have an understanding of the information requirements of patients with cancer at time of diagnosis, treatment and aftercare.

4-      NOPC-403 Nursing  Assessment and Intervention in the Management of People Affected by Cancer. 4 Credits

This course provides the knowledge and skills required to comprehensively assess an individ­ual diagnosed with cancer. The ability to use appropriate tools to assess specific symptom problems or age-related issues is a necessity for modern cancer care. Identifying patients’ needs is essential if the management and intervention is to be appropriate. Nursing interventions have been shown to impact on patient outcomes and their un-met needs. This module enhances the decision-making and communication course and the practice skills are complementary in the development of assessment.

5-      NOPC-404  Cancer as a Chronic Illness, Palliative Care       4 credits

This course provides the knowledge and skills required to support patients through treatment into survivorship and advanced disease. Cancer is increasingly being managed over many years therefore understanding co-morbidity and long term consequences of cancer and its treatment is essential to managing long term follow up. Advanced cancer also provides challenges for oncology nurses in managing symptoms, transi­tions in care and palliative care issues.

6-      NOPC-450 Evidence Based and Applied Research in Cancer Care. 4 Credits

This course aims to develop the skills of the nurse in being able to search, retrieve and cri­tique evidence for cancer practice. These skills require understanding of the research process and the role of the cancer nurse in the develop­ment of new therapies and cancer knowledge. One of the difficulties of evidence-based prac­tice is its implementation, and this module ex­plores the barriers to change and dissemination.

7-      NOPC-460 Impact of Cancer on the Individual, Families, and Health Professionals  2 Credits

This course explores the impact that cancer diagnosis and treatment has on the individual and their family. It is recognized that a cancer diagnosis can cause high levels of psychologi­cal and physical morbidity, influencing quali­ty of life, functional ability and employment. The uncertainty of cancer survival, fear of re­currence as well as how patients manage their illness can impact on recovery for both indi­viduals and their families.

8-      NOPC-461 Clinical Leadership and Resource Management of Cancer Nursing 3 credits

This course will enable the learner to facili­tate team management and provide the nec­essary skills to organize work and practice development within a cancer setting. Multidis­ciplinary team working is essential in cancer care and developing skills in interpersonal re­lationships, communication and workforce de­velopment are essential for the future

9-      NOPC-462 Internship Clinical Residency  5 Credits

 After completing all of the above mentioned courses, students register in this course. This an extended practicum course where the student is provided with an opportunity to practice autonomously in the oncology and palliative care departments in a base hospital and/or in centers and homes. To ensure competence and autonomy in practice when making judgments and decisions, the student keeps a journal of oncology cases in practice from the outset of the program. The personal journal is an important aspect of the program evaluation strategy. To pass this course the student has to complete 600 hours in oncology and palliative care departments, centers and homes.

Faculty of Nursing & Health Sciences

Ms. Mariam Samara Awad

Tel: 972 2 2741241 Ext. 22110

Ms. Suzi Salman
Tel: 972 2 2741241 Ext. 2203

Bethlehem University Foundation
Phone: +1-240-241-4381
Fax: +1-240-553-7691
Beltsville, MD USA
Bethlehem University in the Holy Land
Phone: +972-2-274-1241
Fax: +972-2-274-4440
Bethlehem, Palestine