Silva Dakessian Sailian

Silva earned her BS in Nursing from the Hariri School of Nursing at the American University of Beirut (AUB). She began her nursing career as a registered nurse in the Coronary Care Unit at AUB Medical Center before obtaining her master’s degree in Public Health from AUB. Following graduation, she began teaching in the Undergraduate Nursing Program at Balamand University in Lebanon. After five years of teaching, she transferred to AUB’s Hariri School of Nursing (HSON) as a clinical instructor, where she continues to teach several nursing courses, including Foundations of Nursing, Adult Care Nursing, and Critical Care Nursing.

As a nursing instructor and bedside nurse, she developed a passion for palliative care and its ground-breaking philosophy. To further her knowledge in this area, she completed her Ph.D. in palliative care at Lancaster University in the UK in November 2022. Her dissertation focused on the dignity of patients with palliative needs in a Lebanese context. Additionally, she completed the Fellowship program in palliative care through the Institute of Palliative Medicine in India, in partnership with St. Christopher’s Hospice. She is now serving as a mentor in the Fellowship program for the second consecutive year.

At HSON, she designed an elective course in palliative care for graduate nurses, which is currently under study. Recently she was promoted to assistant professor rank at HSON.

Silva also leads the effort to launch a Nursing Society in Palliative Care in Lebanon under the umbrella of the Order of Nurses. The aim is to support nurses to enhance their essential knowledge and skills to integrate palliative care to their practice or education. Furthermore, she is committed to introducing palliative care education into the undergraduate and graduate nursing curricula at her university and, hopefully, at other nursing programs throughout Lebanon.

In April 2023 she established, with a group of six nurses, the Lebanese Association for Palliative Care Nurses, and they launched the European Certificate of Essential Palliative care course – the Lebanese version. 

Silva Dakessian Sailian
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