Hiba Deek

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Hiba Deek

Assistant Professor

Hiba Deek, RN, MSN, PhD

Hiba is a nurse with clinical experience of 6 years in the critical care unit. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 2006 from Makassed University, Faculty of Health Sciences with outstanding performance. Following three years of clinical experience, Hiba commenced her Master’s degree in 2009 at the American University of Beirut School of Nursing (AUB-HSON) when she studied and worked full time for the following 3 years. In 2013, Hiba started her PhD at University of Technology Sydney in Australia where she finished in less than the required time, was waivered from research courses and was granted a chancellor’s award for the outstanding performance. Hiba was awarded her PhD in 2016. Besides her clinical work experience, she worked as a research assistant throughout her PhD studies and then as a research associate at the AUB_HSON for one year. Meanwhile she worked as a part time lecturer at BAU where she gave courses to nursing students. Hiba is currently at BAU as an assistant professor of nursing. Her research background started in her master’s journey where she studied the trends in heart failure readmissions. She further expanded this study during her PhD where she studied the effect of involving the family in self-care of patients with heart failure on their readmission and mortality outcomes. This was evaluated in a randomized controlled trial. Hiba’s research work will continue in this field and her population of interest are and will always be patients with heart failure.


  • Full-time assistant professor of nursing: (Beirut Arab University- Department of nursing): September, 2018- ongoing
  • Part-time lecturer: (Beirut Arab University) – August, 2016, June 2017
  • Teaching experience in the following courses:
    - Critical Care Course
    - Emergency Nursing Course
    - Psychiatry and Mental Health Nursing
    - Adult Health Nursing Care II
    - Advanced Emergency Nursing Care
  • Part-time teaching assistant: Faculty of Health (University of Technology Sydney) – September- October, 2013

Research Interests

  • Full-time research associate: Hariri School of Nursing (American University of Beirut)– January 4th, 2016- November, 2016.
  • Part-time research assistant/ health research ethics officer (3 days/week): Faculty of health (University of Technology Sydney) – October, 2014-March, 2015
  • Part-time research assistant (3-4days/week): Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care (University of Technology Sydney) - March- October, 2013
  • Eight-week research residency: University of Technology Sydney - July 14th , 2011


  • Readmission rates and related factors of heart failure patients: A Study in Lebanon. (Master’s Thesis).
  • A heart failure program and its effects on readmission rates among patients with heart failure: A prospective study- research coordinator.
  • Family focused Approach to iMprove Heart failure care In Lebanon QualitY (FAMILY) intervention (PhD project).
  • Back pain among nurses: cross-sectional survey in 4 sites in Lebanon (BSN project).

Honors and Awards

  • The Chancellor’s Award for most outstanding thesis in 2016 at UTS: March 8th, 2017.
  • The Joanna Briggs Institute Australasian Cardiovascular Nursing College Certificate of Commendation Award for Best Clinical Research Paper presentation 2015: March, 2015.
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Small Grant of $5,000: February, 2015.
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA scholarship- $25,894 per annum). University of Technology Sydney: January, 2015.
  • Best oral presentation (Doctoral/Masters) at Research Student Forum (RSF), University of Technology Sydney (UTS): December 12th, 2014.
  • Chartering into School of Nursing Honor Society - Sigma Theta Tau International: September 13, 2014.
  • Link Housing Study Scholarship of $9,000 over 3 years: February, 2014 (paid) - April, 2015 (Paid) & February, 2016 (pending).
  • 3 minute thesis people’s choice award - Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care (UTS): May 31st, 2013.
  • Induction into School of Nursing Honor Society - Sigma Theta Tau International: June 15, 2012.
  • Link Housing Study Scholarship of $3,160: July, 2011.


  • Deek, H., Hamilton, S., Brown, N., Inglis, S. C., Digiacomo, M., Newton, P. J., ... & FAMILY Project Investigators. (2016). Family‐centred approaches to healthcare interventions in chronic diseases in adults: a quantitative systematic review. Journal of advanced nursing, 72(5), 968-979.
  • Deek, H., Noureddine, S., Newton, P. J., Inglis, S. C., MacDonald, P. S., & Davidson, P. M. (2016). A family‐focused intervention for heart failure self‐care: conceptual underpinnings of a culturally appropriate intervention. Journal of advanced nursing, 72(2), 434-450.
  • Deek, H., Newton, P. J., Noureddine, S., Inglis, S. C., Al Arab, G., Kabbani, S., ... & Davidson, P. M. (2016). Protocol for a block randomised controlled trial of an intervention to improve heart failure care. Nurse Researcher (2014+), 23(4), 24.
  • Deek, H., Newton, P., Inglis, S., Kabbani, S., Noureddine, S., Macdonald, P. S., & Davidson, P. M. (2015). Heart health in Lebanon and considerations for addressing the burden of cardiovascular disease. Collegian, 22(3), 333-339.
  • Deek, H., Abbott, P., Moore, L., Davison, J., Cameron, S., Digiacomo, M., McGrath, S., Dharmendra, T. & Davidson, P. 2014, 'Pneumococcus in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders: the role of Aboriginal Health Workers and implications for nursing practice', Contemporary nurse, vol. 46, no. Issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Care, pp. 54-8.
  • Deek, H., Newton, P., Sheerin, N., Noureddine, S. & Davidson, P.M. 2014, 'Contrast media induced nephropathy: A literature review of the available evidence and recommendations for practice', Australian Critical Care, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 166-71.
  • Deek, H., Skouri, H., & Noureddine, S. (2016). Readmission rates and related factors in heart failure patients: A study in Lebanon. Collegian, 23(1), 61-68.
  • Jackson, D., Hickman, L.D., Power, T., Disler, R., Potgieter, I., Deek, H. & Davidson, P.M. 2013, 'Small group learning: Graduate health students' views of challenges and benefits', Contemporary nurse, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 117-28.
  • Deek, H., Chang, S., Noureddine, S., Newton, P. J., Inglis, S. C., Macdonald, P. S., ... & Davidson, P. M. (2016). Translation and validation of the Arabic version of the Self-care of Heart Failure Index. Nurse Researcher (2014+), 24(2), 34.
  • Deek, H., Chang, S., Newton, P. J., Noureddine, S., Inglis, S. C., Al Arab, G., ... & Davidson, P. M. (2017). An evaluation of involving family caregivers in the self-care of heart failure patients on hospital readmission: Randomised controlled trial (the FAMILY study). International journal of nursing studies, 75, 101-111.
  • Huijer, SH, Noureddine S., Deek H. Nursing and Midwifery Research in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR). Report for the World Health Organization Eastern Mediterranean Region. Accepted by the WHO-EMR July 2017.
  • Huijer, SH, Deek H., Noureddine S. (2018) A mapping of nursing and midwifery Research in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, 2006-2016. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal. Vol. 24, no. 8, pp.640-650.