Joy El Hajj

About the job:

What you do

As a Nurse, you take care of patients while they are at a hospital or clinic. You work with other people such as doctors to diagnose and treat the patients. You also observe the patients while they are being treated and talk to the patients. 

If you are also interested in Psychology, you may become a Mental Health Nurse. The educational requirements for this specific career are listed in the Education section at the bottom of this page.

The tough stuff

As a Nurse, you may have to:

  • Deal with difficult patients
  • Work demanding 12-hour shifts

You should know that in Lebanon, there is a shortage of nurses due to low wages, the absence of a social security network and the unscientific classification and specialisations of those working in this profession. 

The cool stuff

As a Nurse, you may get to:

  • Work only 15 days every month
  • Help save lives and make people feel better
Typical work hours
  • 40-50 hours per week
  • Varied working times

As a nurse, your schedule depends on where you work. In a clinic, you work regular hours but in hospitals you work very different hours. You may have shifts where you work a lot for one week and take time off for another week.

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Citizenship
Best high school track(s)
  • Life Sciences
Personal qualities
  • Understanding what you hear
  • Expressing yourself verbally
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Fluency of ideas
  • Reasoning & Problem Solving

Will you make money?

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Education stuff:

Education required

If you would like to become a Nurse, you will need:

  • A Nursing degree
  • You can also get a Masters degree and specialize in various areas

If you would like to become a Mental Health Nurse, the Ministry of Health requires you to have the following:


  • Degree in nursing (preferably BSN) registered at the Ministry of Public
  • MSN in psychiatry/mental health nursing is a plus 


  • 2-5 years
  • Experience in a mental health setting is a plus 


  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team
  • Excellent communication, problem solving, interpersonal and
    conflict resolution skills
  • Cultural sensitivity 
  • Ability to adhere to ethical considerations and principles with
    regard to work with vulnerable populations

Computer skills 

  • Basic Microsoft office and internet use 


  • Fluency in Arabic and in English 
Helpful resources
Local universities
International universities

Video Description

Able to read doctors’ handwriting, nurses are fluent at reading the most difficult language in the world. In this Insider Interview, Joy gives us a tour of what it takes to make it and hang with the nurses. Watch to see what Joy has to share about her job and some of the surprising skills it takes to be the backbone of every hospital.



Joy Hannoun El Hajj first obtained her BS in Nursing in 2007 and started working as a full time Nurse. Joy then continued her education and obtained two masters degrees - one in research and another in hospital management in 2017. Now she is working as head of Nursing Department at Lebanese German University.