Medical Nurses and Technicians

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

Tatjana Pravilović, Head Nurse of the Institute of Mental Health, specialist in professional nursing – area of health care in psychiatry, Collaborator in practical course at College for Professional Medial Nurses in Belgrade
Zlatko Vujin, Deputy IMH Head Nurse and Head Technician of the Department for Specialist-Consultant Examinations, specialist in professional nursing – area of health care in psychiatry, Collaborator in practical course at College for Professional Medial Nurses in Belgrade
Julijana Arsenović, Head Nurse of the Adult Clinic, with vocation title of professional nurse
Snežana Zlatanov, Head Nurse of the Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology Section, specialist in professional nursing – area of health care in psychiatry
Danijela Vidić, Head Nurse of the Clinical Department for Psychotic Disorders – Intensive Care, with vocation title of professional nurse
Milica Bogojević, Head Nurse of the Clinical Department for Psychotic Disorders – Semi-Intensive Care, specialist in professional nursing – area of health care in psychiatry
Biljana Ivanović, Head Nurse of the Clinical Department for Crisis Situations and Affective Disorders, specialist in professional nursing – area of health care in psychiatry
Biljana Milićević, Head Nurse of the Day Hospital for Adults, specialist in professional nursing – area of health care in psychiatry
Marina Lučić, Head Nurse of the Child and Adolescent Clinic, specialist in professional nursing – area of health care in psychiatry
Emilija Đorđić, Head Nurse of the Day Hospital for Children, with vocation title of professional nurse
Olivera Milošević, Head Nurse of the Day Hospital for Adolescents, with vocation title of professional nurse
Milka Javor, Head Nurse of the Addiction Treatment Clinic, specialist in professional nursing – area of health care in psychiatry
Dorina Mikić, Head Nurse of the Day Hospital for Alcoholism, with Colleague degree in Nursing
Jelena Bajić, Head Nurse of the Day Hospital for Alcoholism, with vocation title of professional nurse (Paunova 2)
Ljiljana Luković, Head Nurse of the Laboratory Diagnostics
Danijela Lukić, Head Nurse of the Medical Genetics Section, with vocation title of professional nurse

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