Fatemeh (P.B.U.H) School of Nursing and Midwifery
The School of Nursing and Midwifery, initially named Namazi Nursing Academy, was established in 1953. At that time, students would pass three years learning nursing principles and they graduated with a bachelor degree (BS) in nursing. However, academic undergraduate programs gradually altered to four years of education and the alumni's degrees have changed to an equivalent for B.S. since 1975. The first academic four-year undergraduate program was performed with 12 students in 1977. At the end of 1977, two other nursing programs in Shiraz nursing education section of the university and the nursing school of Saadi hospital merged with Namazi Nursing Academy and, as a whole, it was named Nursing Education Center of Shiraz University. Students were engaged in four year, three year and complementary undergraduate programs in this center. A two-year nursing program began to work in 1977. Three nursing programs terminated after the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Since then, nursing education centers program have consisted of a four year nursing program, a two year nursing program, and a complementary undergraduate program.
In 1980, after the Cultural Revolution, the four year and the complementary undergraduate nursing programs were suspended and the two year nursing program went on until the students returned to school and then it was terminated.
In 1982, at the time of the reopening of the universities, the Nursing Education Center was renamed to Zainab (PBUH) Nursing Academy and nursing programs in all those three levels were resumed according to the Cultural Revolution programs. At this time, the four year and the two year midwifery programs were held in Zeinab (PBUH) Nursing Academy for the first time.
Once more in 1986, considering the variety of fields and sufficiency of the faculty and the efficiency of this academic school to become a college, it was renamed and established as Fatemeh (PBUH) School of Nursing and Midwifery. and in February 1987, nursing postgraduate programs in different educational fields of mental health nursing, community health nursing, medical surgical nursing, and pediatric nursing were held for the first time.
Midwifery postgraduate program started in 1991. The two year nursing and midwifery programs terminated forever in 1992. However, the uncontinuous undergraduate nursing and midwifery programs that was concurrent to the reopening of the universities coincided with the two year program of the operating room technician in this college. In 1988, the two year nursing and midwifery programs that was held in Fatemeh (PBUH) Academic Community affiliated with the Health Organization was merged with Fatemeh (PBUH) School of Nursing and Midwifery. As a consequence, all the students studying in nursing and midwifery or other related fields in Shiraz were gathered in one unit that was Fatemeh (PBUH) School of Nursing and Midwifery. Nursing postgraduate program in the field of management and midwifery postgraduate program in the field of mother and child health were added in 1993 and 1996 respectively. Furthermore, in 2002, a two year program of emergency technician was held for the first time.
A postgraduate (PhD) program in nursing began in 2003. Also, a PhD program in midwifery (reproductive health) will start soon.
Students in this college pass their general and basic courses with other students of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences and take their special/technical courses at Fatemeh (PBUH) School of Nursing and Midwifery. Before the Islamic Revolution, when the nursing education system was in accordance with the education system of academic schools, they used to allocate a part of the campus as the nursing students' dormitory. After the Islamic Revolution, with the recognition of nursing as an academic field, and with the addition of other fields to the college, students of the aforementioned school like other students have started to use the public dormitories of the university. Hence, a considerable part of the college, which was used as a dormitory before, has been repaired and used as an educational and administrative system.
Moreover, students of this college just like other students can use other recreational facilities of the university. All the hospitals, health clinics, and emergency centers in Shiraz which are under the supervision of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences and Health Care Services are used for the clinical education and internship of nursing, midwifery, operating room technician, and medical emergency students.
About 77 educational staff who are responsible for theoretical, practical, and clinical education of the students work in the college. Fatemeh (PBUH) School of Nursing and Midwifery cooperates with most units of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in educational programs and activities such as seminars, continuing education programs, workshops, and also thesis advisement.