Nursing

INTRODUCTION

Nurses form an important part of the human resources for health in Kenya. They play a role in both delivery of primary, secondary and tertiary health care. Kenya Registered Community Health Nurse course aims to train professional nurses who are competent in delivery of holistic health care to the individual, the family and the community. In addition, the course focuses on training management and leadership skills required to provide leadership roles in delivering quality nursing care.

For the trainee nurses to effectively achieve the above competencies they need they need a modern approach to training as in modern world people are more educated and have access to all forms of information courtesy of Information Communication Technology. People are more conscious of their rights and demand the highest standard of practice from health profession. This has prompted North Coast Medical Training College to adapt Student Centered and Competency Based Learning approach which gives stimulus to both trainees and trainer to develop not only the hard skills but also the soft skills to cope up with future health care challenges.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Minimum entry age:17 years on the last birthday
  2. Minimum educational standards
  3. Aggregate KCSE C (Plain) or KCE Division II
  4. Mandatory subjects:
    • Credit in English or Kiswahili
    • C or Credit in Biology or Biological Sciences
    • C – (Minus) or PASS in any of the following Physical Sciences, Physics, Chemistry or Mathematics
  5. Assessment report of Physical fitness, medical examination and criminal record as prescribed for by the Nursing Council of Kenya

 

LENGTH OF TRAINING

This course will take 3 years comprising of 156 weeks. During this period the students will have 40 weeks of theoretical experiences, 104 weeks of practical experiences and 12 weeks of leave. The leave will be spread out in the three years translating to 28 days leave per year inclusive of public holidays. Sick leave in excess of 30 days and all special leave granted on compassionate grounds must be made up for before a candidate is registered with the council.

 

COURSE COVERAGE

THEORITICAL EXPERIENCES

S/NO

TITLE

WEEKS

HOURS

1

General Nursing

20

614

2

Midwifery

5

159

3

Gender Sexual and Reproductive Health

3

89

4

Community Health

7

210

5

Leadership and Management

3

70

6

Teaching Methodology

1

24

7

Research

1

24

TOTAL

40

1200

MINIMUM CLINICAL NURSING EXPERIENCES

S/NO

TITLE

WEEKS

HOURS

1

Community Health Nursing

22

660

2

Midwifery

26

780

3

Medical Nursing

12

360

4

Paediatric nursing

10

300

5

Surgical Nursing

12

360

6

Operating Theatre

4

120

7

Casualty / OPD

6

180

8

Psychiatry Nursing

6

160

9

Selected experiences

6

180

TOTAL

104

3120

 

COMPETENCIES

By the end of the course the learner should be able to: –

  1. Demonstrate ethical and professional competencies in Nursing practice
  2. Demonstrate application of human sciences and Nursing process in caring of patients/clients.
  3. Demonstrate application of Nursing process in care of specific group of patients/clients.
  4. Participate in integrating and mainstreaming gender aspects in provision of health care
  5. Develop and apply effective communication skills
  6. Participate in research and utilize findings in the provision of Nursing services.
  7. Provide effective leadership and management in provision of healthcare services to meet emerging challenges locally and globally.
  8. Participate in multi- disciplinary and multi-sectoral collaboration, activities relevant to the provision of health care services.
  9. Be self-directing in seeking continuing Nursing education and professional development.
  10. Apply basic skills in computer applications and other technologies in the provision of health services.
  11. Participate in planning, implementing and evaluating disease prevention and health promotion activities in the community
  12. Develop and apply entrepreneurship skills and the provision of health care services

 

CERTIFICATION

Upon completion of the prescribed theoretical content, clinical experiences and satisfaction of North Coast Medical Training College that the candidate has successfully covered the prescribed curriculum: –

  1. The candidate will be issued with a Diploma in Kenya Registered Community Health Nurse certificate of North Coast Medical Training College.
  2. Candidate will be registered for the Licensure exam by the Nursing Council of Kenya as stipulated in their examination rules and regulations.
  3. A candidate will be required to pass all the individual papers of the licensing exam before he/she is awarded Nursing Council of Kenya Certificate and practicing license.