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:
- apply the knowledge and skills acquired to meet patients’ and clients’ needs
- use the Nursing taxonomies as a professional tool in addressing the total health needs of individuals, families and communities
- perform professional core functions effectively and efficiently as a member of the DHMT/SDHT
- develop skills and abilities for imparting knowledge and principles of health to student Nurse, patients and clients
- contribute to and promote Primary Health Care ‘Services/CHPS in the community especially the vulnerable population and high-risk groups
- conduct community diagnosis, plan, implement and evaluate community programmes towards preventive, promotive and rehabilitative services
- provide emergency obstetric care and refer patients/clients with conditions beyond her/his competence to appropriate authority
- plan and conduct health promotion programmes based on community diagnosis and prevailing health issues
- assume leadership role in managing health care units
- demonstrate responsibility and accountability for her professional actions
- develop evolving interest in trends in nursing globally
- implement nation health policies and apply its relevance to nursing
- collect, analyze and evaluate routine data on health activities and identified health problems in the community
- 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
- provide Family Planning VCT, STIs/HIV and AIDS, Adolescent, Maternal and Child health services
- assess the physical and mental health needs of individuals, diagnose and treat specified diseases and make referrals when necessary
- supervise TBAs and other private/public sector workers within the community
- assess nutritional needs and resources and assist the community to identify appropriate interventions
- identify health and social resources available in the community and mobilize the community to utilize them
- request and manage supplies, commodities and services
- plan, organize coordinate and implement national immunization programmes
- plan and implement school health programmes
- manage effectively and efficiently financial resources
- advocate for Positive behavioural change in harmful cultural practices
- implement rehabilitative activities in the community
- plan and conduct effective home visiting to families in the communities
- supervise the work of Nurse Assistant (Preventive).
- 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.