Diploma in General Nursing


The goal of the programme is to produce a polyvalent nurse who would practice general nursing in any sector of the community.
The professional 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


The Nurses and Midwives’ Council believes that: ‘Health is a state of complete physical, social, spiritual and psychological well-being not merely the absence of illness or infirmity’ (W.H.O) 1947). It is a relative state which is determined by several factors (personal values, physical, biological, psychological, cultural, spiritual and political) within the individual’s environment. The nurses and midwives council therefore believes that:

1.Health is a fundamental right of all communities, families, groups of people and individual, irrespective of their race, sex, religion, creed, beliefs and values. Health therefore, is the purpose of all nursing behaviours
2. The attainment of health involves delivery of health care that integrates conservative, promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health measures at all levels.
3. Nursing is a dynamic interpersonal process which seeks to promote maintain and restore health. It is a unique enterprise whose practitioners are skilled in assessment, planning, implementation evaluation of health care.
4. Nursing is essentially a practice-based activity whose body of knowledge is ground in the biological, physical and social sciences and therefore requires continuous learning and research to support theory and practice.
5. In order to meet the changing patterns to health care demands, nursing requires innovation to offer response whilst working within ethical and legal framework.
6. The goal of education is to help individuals and society in their research for the truth and virtues of life and continually contribute to the welfare of mankind. The purpose of nursing education is aimed at positive personality development whilst enabling the nurse to obtain a qualification which provides eligibility for admission to the General Nursing Register kept by the Nurses and Midwives’ Council of Ghana and
7. To assume the responsibilities and accountability that registration imposes
8. The special training that nurse receives, places her in a position to adapt the roles of a counsellor, leader, resource person, teacher, researcher, manager and care giver, in the health delivery system.


By the end of the programme, the nurse will:

– Use knowledge acquired in the principles of homeostasis to meet patient’ needs.
– Use the nursing process as a professional tool for meeting the total health needs of patients, families and communities.
– Perform professional functions effectively and efficiently as a member of the health team.
– Develop skills and abilities to imparting knowledge and principles of health to student-nurses and patients.
– Contribute to and promote primary health care services in the community; recognize, manage and refer clients/patients where necessary.
– Carry out community diagnosis, plan, implement and evaluate community programmes towards preventive and rehabilitative services.
– Plan and carry out health education based on identified health need of the community.
– Exhibit administrative and leadership capabilities in managing health care units within the framework of national health policies.
– Demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving abilities in the provision of nursing.
– Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for professional actions.
– Demonstrate commitment to the nursing profession, exhibiting and ever-increasing interest and enthusiasm for the nursing profession.
– Assist in generating knowledge through research and making use of evidence-based research findings.
– Demonstrate understanding of national health policies and their relevant to nursing.
– Demonstrate ability for the life-long learning within a changing society.