Courses Catalogue

Basic Nursing

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Clinical Medicine and Community Health, Diploma
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Allied Health Sciences
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

This is a theoretical and practical course that introduces the student to basic nursing concepts. Students are prepared to provide skilled nursing care, including basic comfort, hygienic and self-care interventions, for older adult clients. Emphasis is placed on scientific nursing practice and evidence, basic human needs, and the care of clients with diverse needs. Students will develop competencies in therapeutic intervention skills for older adult clients with altered health states in the laboratory and clinical settings.

Course justification/rationale 
Nursing is core part in health service delivery system in which health promotion, disease prevention; curative and rehabilitative health strategies are applied. The clinical nursing skills for the clinical officers are of paramount important not only to provide comprehensive care but also enhance clinical competence. The purpose of this module is to equip clinical officers with basic clinical nursing skills, which will enable them to dispatch their responsibility as well as supervise nurses under their supervision. It is well known that no clinical care can be provided with out basic clinical nursing skills. For the clinical officer to provide health service at different settings; hospital, health center, health post and at the community level including home based care  for chronically sick patients, the course is very essential.

Course Aim
The aim  of teaching Nursing  is to provide  the  Clinical Officer with competencies (knowledge  and attitude  to enable  him /her to carry out the  various  nursing  procedure  and  appreciate  the role  of nursing  in the  in the  management of the  health

Learning objectives
Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:
a)      Describe concepts and principles that are basic to the safe performance of nursing skills
b)      Demonstrate competence in the performance of nursing procedures.
c)      Communicate clearly in speaking, reading and writing during performance and evaluation of nursing procedures and simulated nurse-patient interactions.
d)     Describe the management of equipment before, during and after procedures
e)      Discuss the nurses role in caring for patients environment, during admission of a patient and taking of vital observations
f)       Describe the care during patient feeding, elimination.