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:

Health is a fundamental right of all communities, families, groups of people, and individuals, irrespective of their race, sex, religion, creed, beliefs, and values. Health, therefore, is the purpose of all nursing behaviors
The attainment of health involves the delivery of health care that integrates conservative, promotive, preventive, curative, and rehabilitative health measures at all levels.
Nursing is a dynamic interpersonal process that seeks to promote maintain and restore health. It is a unique enterprise whose practitioners are skilled in assessment, planning, implementation evaluation of health care.
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.
To meet the changing patterns to health care demands, nursing requires innovation to offer response whilst working within an ethical and legal framework.
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
To assume the responsibilities and accountability that registration imposes
The special training that the nurse receives, places her in a position to adopt the roles of a counselor, leader, resource person, teacher, researcher, manager, and caregiver, in the health delivery system.

By the end of the programme, the nurse will:

Use knowledge acquired in the principles of homeostasis to meet patients’ 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 needs 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 an ever-increasing interest and enthusiasm for the nursing profession.
Assist in generating knowledge through research and making use of evidence-based research findings.
Demonstrate an understanding of national health policies and their relevance to nursing.
Demonstrate ability for the life-long learning within a changing society.

FIRST YEAR: SEMESTER 1

COURSE CODE 
COURSE TITLE  
CREDITS
T
P
CR
RGN 111 Anatomy & Physiology 1
3
3
RGN 112 Basic Nursing
2
6
3
MIP 111 Microbiology & Infection Prevention/Control
2
2
TCM 111 Therapeutic Communication
2
6
3
ADJ 111 Professional Adjustment in Nursing
2
2
SNM 111 Introductory Sociology
2
2
NMI 111 Nursing and Midwifery Informatics
2
6
2
Total
17
Vacation Practicum 1
18
3

FIRST YEAR: SEMESTER 2

COURSE CODE  COURSE TITLE 
CREDITS
T
P
CR
RGN 121 Anatomy & Physiology II
3
3
RGN 122 Advanced Nursing I
1
6
2
RGN 123 Health Promotion
2
6
3
RGN 124 Personal & Environmental Health
2
2
FED 121 First Aid, Emergency & Disaster Management
2
6
3
PNM 121 Introductory Psychology
2
2
STA 121 Statistics
2
2
Total
17
Vacation Practicum I
18
3

SECOND YEAR: SEMESTER 1

COURSE CODE  COURSE TITLE 
CREDITS
T
P
CR
RGN 221 Anatomy & Physiology II
2
2
RGN 212 Advanced Nursing II
2
6
3
RNG 213 Medical Nursing I
2
6
3
RGN 124 Surgical Nursing I
2
6
2
NTD 211 Nutrition and Dietetics
2
2
PTP 211 Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Pharmacovigilance I
2
2
Total
15
Vacation Practicum III
18
3

SECOND YEAR: SEMESTER 2

COURSE CODE  COURSE TITLE 
CREDITS
T
P
CR
RGN 221 Traditional Medicine, Gerontology and Home Nursing
2
6
3
RGN 222 Management and Administration in Nursing
2
6
3
RGN 223 Medical Nursing II
2
6
3
RGN 224 Surgical Nursing II
2
6
3
RES 221 Research Methods
3
3
PTP 221 Pharmacology, Therapeutics & Pharmacovigilance II
2
2
Total
17
Vacation Practicum IV
18
3

THIRD YEAR: SEMESTER 1

COURSE CODE  COURSE TITLE 
CREDITS
T
P
CR
2
2
2
6
3
2
6
3
2
6
2
2
2
Total
Vacation Practicum III

THIRD YEAR: SEMESTER 2

COURSE CODE  COURSE TITLE 
CREDITS
T
P
CR
2
2
2
6
3
2
6
3
2
6
2
2
2
Total
Vacation Practicum IV

Age

18 – 35 years.

Overall Aggregate

For WASSCE applicants, an aggregate score of thirty – Six (36) or better in six subjects, comprising 3 core and 3 elective subjects.

For SSSCE applicants, an aggregate score of Twenty-four (24) or better in six subjects, comprising 3 core and 3 elective subjects.

Core Subjects and Minimum Grades

For WASSCE, Credits (A1 – C6) in three Core Subjects i.e. English, Mathematics and Integrated Science.

For SSSCE, Credits (A- D) in three Core Subjects i.e. English, Mathematics and Integrated Science.

Elective Subjects and Minimum Grades

For WASSCE, Credits (A1 – C6) in three Elective Subjects.

For SSSCE, Credits (A – D) in three Electives Subjects

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