I am a full-time PhD student fully funded from Annajah National University, Nablus City in occupied Palestine. I have been a registered Staff Nurse in governmental and non-governmental hospitals for 11 years, working across a wide range of specialisms. In addition I worked as a lecturer within the School of Nursing at Annajah National University. I have taught many theory and clinical courses at Undergraduate and Master’s level, including clinical instructor for the MSc in the Community Mental Health Nursing Program and clinical instructor of nursing students (BSc) at undergraduate level.
My PhD research topic is ‘The Resiliency of Palestinian community mental health nurses in occupied Palestinian territories’. The objective of the study is to discover the sources of resiliency among nurses who have worked in very difficult conditions under occupation. The findings will be used to focus on and develop interventions to support nurses.
I have embraced life and study in Cardiff University. I found an excellent learning environment, warmth, support and a wonderful welcome from the Postgraduate department and colleagues. From the first day I recognized how much I have to learn from the excellence of this country in most aspects of lifestyle. I was learning new things continuously, always asking “why?” about unfamiliar things! Trying to get answers and understand the surrounding culture. Therefore, the first year may be the most exciting one in my life.
My willingness to learn and to develop myself always pushes me forward in spite of many challenges. Now I return home to collect my data and I am preparing for research ethics committee approval before I start collecting data. My positive experiences during the past year in lovely Cardiff inspire me to produce high quality data and achieve my goals. There will be other kinds of challenges during the second phase of the PhD project. I hope everything will go well and I will return back to the UK with my family to discover new things.
According to the Palestinian culture there is a saying: “Any one teaches me something, I will be his servant!” thank you for the Cardiff people who teach me many things. Deep thanks for PhD department at nursing school that are role model for others…..they grasp my hand from the first day; they are important source of resiliency for me. I hope one day I will do something positive to show my deep appreciations.
Many people came to my house to say welcome back as a part of our culture. All of them ask the same questions: “How is Cardiff and the UK? Tell us about the life in UK?” My background is lecturer, so it was my chance to teach and talk about invaluable Welsh culture!
I visited Annajah National University and discussed with my colleagues how to develop some aspects at Annajah. We started to compare between Cardiff and Annajah University, exchange ideas and think how to develop networks in the future. Annajah is the biggest University at Occupied Palestinian territories and able to survive and thrive in spite of much challenges. Annajah is considered role model of Sumud (close to resilience and steadfastness on the land), the story of Annajah development is shining example creating success inside surrounding challenges. All of my colleagues express the importance of studying the resilience of Palestinians and how it’s embedded in their Sumud culture. I hope my study will make difference to humanity and my experience in Cardiff city will make a difference to the Palestinians as well.