Aim/Objectives

The aim of the programme is to produce a polyvalent nurse who would practice preventive nursing within the community.
The professional Registered Community Nurse would have acquired knowledge, skills and attitudes to recognize the total health needs of individuals, families and communities and participate effectively and efficiently in meeting those needs.
Objectives of the programme/Scope of Practice
By the end of the programme, the student community nurse will be able to:

  1. apply the knowledge and skills acquired to meet patients’ and clients’ needs
  2. use the Nursing taxonomies as a professional tool in addressing the total health needs of individuals, families and communities
  3. perform professional core functions effectively and efficiently as a member of the DHMT/SDHT
  4. develop skills and abilities for imparting knowledge and principles of health to student Nurse, patients and clients
  5. contribute to and promote Primary Health Care ‘Services/CHPS in the community especially the vulnerable population and high-risk groups
  6. conduct community diagnosis, plan, implement and evaluate community programmes towards preventive, promotive and rehabilitative services
  7. provide emergency obstetric care and refer patients/clients with conditions beyond her/his competence to appropriate authority
  8. plan and conduct health promotion programmes based on community diagnosis and prevailing health issues
  9. assume leadership role in managing health care units
  10. demonstrate responsibility and accountability for her professional actions
  11. develop evolving interest in trends in nursing globally
  12. implement nation health policies and apply its relevance to nursing
  13. collect, analyze and evaluate routine data on health activities and identified health problems in the community
  14. collaborate with other members of the SDHT and other health related agencies and the community to plan, implement and monitor health activities at the community level
  15. provide Family Planning VCT, STIs/HIV and AIDS, Adolescent, Maternal and Child health services
  16. assess the physical and mental health needs of individuals, diagnose and treat specified diseases and make referrals when necessary
  17. supervise TBAs and other private/public sector workers within the community
  18. assess nutritional needs and resources and assist the community to identify appropriate interventions
  19. identify health and social resources available in the community and mobilize the community to utilize them
  20. request and manage supplies, commodities and services
  21. plan, organize coordinate and implement national immunization programmes
  22. plan and implement school health programmes
  23. manage effectively and efficiently financial resources
  24. advocate for Positive behavioural change in harmful cultural practices
  25. implement rehabilitative activities in the community
  26. plan and conduct effective home visiting to families in the communities
  27. supervise the work of Nurse Assistant (Preventive).
  28. build his/her skills in nursing entrepreneurship to start their own businesses and create job opportunities for others to contribute to health care delivery
    The scope of practice for The Registered Community Nurse at the basic level therefore shall be as outlined above.