Current trends in mental health care are setting the requirement for multidisciplinary approach to treatment considering that working with patients suffering from mental disorders is a highly complex and demanding process. Medical nurses and technicians are indispensible members of a multidisciplinary team, and their contribution is specific and significant. In this context, it is important to continue to expand their theoretical and practical knowledge and develop their personal and professional capacities. Medical nurses and technicians at the Institute of Mental Health are continuously included in the training process through regular activities of the Institute, through inclusion in activities of professional meetings and conferences, and through cooperation with allied institutions.

A total of 104 medical nurses and technicians, 4 occupational therapists and 6 laboratory nurses are employed at the Institute. Out of the total number of nurses and technicians, 26 have attended the School of Applied Health Sciences.

The Institute of Mental Health has organized practical training courses for students of the School of Applied Health Sciences and Secondary Medical and Dental Schools since its foundation, which confirms that functioning and activities of medical nurses and technicians at the Institute is organized in accordance with standards and current practices.

Medical nurses are engaged in activities of all organizational units of the Institute, with more than a half of all medical nurses and technicians included in the work of clinical departments for children and adults.

Management of the nursing staff has been organized through activities of the Nursing Board, comprised of the Head Nurse of the Institute and Head Nurses/Technicians of Departments and Services.

Head Nurses/Technicians

Marina Lucic, nursing specialist, nursing secialist – nursing in psychiatry, chief nurse of the Institute of Mental Health, associate of practical teaching at the Higher Medical School of vocational studies in Belgrade.

Zlatko Vujin, nursing medical technician, specialist professional technician – nursing in psychiatry, deputy chief nurse of IMZ and chief technician of the Department for specialist-consultative examinations, associate of Practical teaching at the Higher Medical School of professional studies in Belgrade and chief technician of the Adult clinic.

Snezana Zlatanov, nursing specialist, nursing specialist – nursing in psychiatry, chief nurse of the Department of epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology.

Milica Bogojevic, nursing specialist, nursing specialist – nursing specialty in psychiatry chief nurse of the clinical Department for psychotic disorders-intensive care and semi-intensive care:

Biljana Ivankovic, nursing specialist, nursing specialist – nursing in psychiatry, chief nurse of the clinical crisis and affective disorders department.

Zorica Moldovan, nurse specialist, nurse specialist – nursing in psychiatry, chief nurse at Day hospital for adults:

Biljana Milićević, nursing specialist, nursing specialist – nursing in psychiatry, chief nurse of the Clinic for children and youth.

Emilija Djordjic, nurse practitioner, nursing specialist – nursing in psychiatry, head nurse at Children’s day hospital.

Zorica Micic, nurse practitioner, head nurse at Adolescent day hospital.

Nataša Cvetković, nurse practitioner, head nurse of the Clinical department for children and adolescents.

Milka Javor, nurse specialist, nurse specialist – nursing in psychiatry, chief nurse of the Addiction diseases clinic.

Dorina Mikic, senior nurse practitioner, chief nurse at Day hospital for alcoholism.

Jelena Bajic, nurse specialist, head nurse at day Hospital for alcoholism (Paunova 2).

Ljiljana Luković, laboratory assistant, head nurse of the Cabinet for clinical studies, laboratory diagnostics and pharmaceutical activity.

Olivera Milosevic, nursing specialist, nursing specialist – nursing in psychiatry, chief nurse of the Department of genetics.

Occupational therapy

In addition to other types of treatment, the IMH also provides occupational work therapy, medically prescribed and led by professional occupational therapists. Occupational therapists use complex mental and physical activities (“occupations”) in order to help patients recover from mental illnesses or disorders.

Expertise of occupational therapists reflects in their knowledge of activities and techniques of occupational and work therapy, in knowing how their engagement in those activities affects individual skills, and in knowing the effects of illness and incapacity on everyday activities. Their work is focused on improvement of patients’ skills by means of constructive activities with a beneficial effect on health, personal wellbeing and joy of living.

Occupational therapists at the IMH gather data and information on each patient for the purpose of establishing their level and capacity of functioning, and based on this they determine the patient’s needs and goals of treatment, prepare and realize work plans, perform evaluation and prepare summary of the results. In the course of therapy, occupational therapists are required to keep medical records.

Occupational therapy techniques that are being used mostly come from the area of applied arts, and the results of work are often actual works of art that we put on display in sales exhibitions. The exhibitions are highly beneficial for the patients as they provide additional motivation for the occupation in question. As a part of the work program, three regular exhibitions are planned, while special exhibitions, taking place outside the Institute, are organized with the help of sponsors.

Members of the occupational therapists’ team:

Cvetana Bajkin
Daliborka Kalajdžić
Branka Ćirić
Verica Milić

Activities within occupational therapy / exhibits

Exhibitions outside the Institute