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Mission

Mission“ To provide quality health education and training, research and service delivery that embodies the aspirations of the community through creation, preservation, integration, transmission and utilization of public health knowledge”
Vision “A world class Department committed to innovative scholarly pursuit, scientific research and service delivery”.
Core Values“Excellence, Quality, Integrity, Innovativeness, Professionalism and Collaboration”.

Nursing Diploma - Kenya Registered Community Health ( In Service)

RationaleThis is a conversion programme designed for holders of a Nursing Certificate. For a long time, the training of nurses in Kenya has concentrated on the cadre of enrolled community nurses. With the increasing development of our nation and the inevitable sophistication of the society, the demand for high quality nursing is expected to increase tremendously. Furthermore, diploma holders have been able to diversify to other fields of medicine unlike their counterparts who have certificates.The Ministry of Health has decided to phase out the training of enrolled nurses by the year 2006 and to make the diploma holders the basic nursing cadre in the country. Currently there are thousands of certificate level nurses who wish to convert to diploma level. There are very few institutions offering this service and it is estimated that unless other facilities are opened up it will take no less than ten years to clear the backlog. Besides this, enrolled community nurses have been demotivated by the lack of upward progression and diversification in working opportunities. Egerton University, through the Faculty of Health Sciences, is well placed to take up the challenge and contribute positively by offering a quality diploma conversion programme.162.2 Programme ObjectivesProgramme ObjectivesProgramme ObjectivesProgramme ObjectivesProgramme ObjectivesProgramme Objectives Programme ObjectivesProgramme ObjectivesProgramme ObjectivesProgramme ObjectivesProgramme ObjectivesProgramme ObjectivesProgramme ObjectivesProgramme ObjectivesProgramme ObjectivesProgramme ObjectivesProgramme ObjectivesProgramme ObjectivesProgramme ObjectivesAt the end of the programme the graduate diploma nurse should have:i) Been prepared as a competent practitioner who will function effectively in being able to assess, plan, implement and evaluate professional standards of care.ii) Developed more awareness of professional responsibility and accountability.iii) Enhanced communication skills to enable him/her communicate effectively at all levels.iv) Acquired knowledge and skills to carry out research.v) Been able to identify factors, which influence the promotion of health and prevention of illness.vi) Acquired skills, knowledge and attitudes to broaden management abilities and to be an effective health educator.Admission RequirementAll the eligible candidates shall be allowed credit transfer up to a maximum of 30%. The eligible candidate must satisfy all the following:i) Have a Division IV or D in KCSE or its equivalent.ii) Be an Enrolled Community Health Nurse.iii) Be currently enrolled with the Nursing Council.Course DurationThe programme will follow both a full time residential approach that will take a minimum of 18 months and a part time distant learning mode, which will take a maximum of 4 years.a) One (1) lecture hour per week is equivalent to one (1) credit factor.b) Two (2) clinical hours per week are equivalent to one (1) credit factor.Course CodingAll the courses have been categorized into five (5) broad areas as follows:1 = Basic Sciences2 = Pathological Sciences3 = Clinical Based4 = Community Based5 = Skills BasedEach course has been coded using an acronym and a series of figures, numbers and letters whose interpretation is as follows:NURS - Nursingi) 1st figure -Indicates a Diploma programmeii) 2nd figure- Indicates the semester the course is offerediii) 3rd figure - Indicates the broad category of the coursea. (1 – 5 as above)iv) 4th figure-Indicates the sequence of the course in the category163.5 Examination Rules and RegulationsAll the university rules and regulations shall apply for this Diploma programme.In addition.i) The examinations in this programme will be conducted in a combination of any of the following modes, depending on the year of study and in accordance with the examination schedule.1800a) Written examinationb) Viva voce (oral examination)c) Practical examinationd) Clinical examinationii) The end of semester examination shall include;a) A theory paper comprising 60% and continuous assessment tests 40% except for basic sciences which should be 70% and 30% respectively.b) A clinical examination marked out of 100% with viva voce comprising 10%. Any candidate who fails the practical/clinical examination will have failed to satisfy the examiners in the overall discipline examination even if the final mark is 50% or higher.iii) The pass mark shall be 50% except for University core courses whose pass mark will depend on the faculty under which these courses fall.iv) The end of SEMESTER 111(LEVEL 111) examination marks will be determined by continuous assessment tests only.v) There will be a final qualifying examination, which shall comprise the following core areas.a. General Nursing Paper 1 and 11b. Reproductive Healthc. Community Health.GradingThe total marks scored for each course shall be translated into letter grades as follows:75% and above - A (Distinction)65 – 74% - B (Credit)50 – 64% - C (Pass)Less than50% - D (Fail)Graduation RequirementsTo graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.Degree ClassificationThe Diploma in this programme will not be classified.

Department of Community Health

 

 
Dr. R.K.A. Sang. MBChB (Nairobi), MPH (Nairobi),
Chairman, Department of Community Health

Welcome to the Department of Community Health. We are located at Nakuru Town Campus, opposite Provincial General Hospital.Community Health Department was established in August 2012 and it is among the youngest department among the thirteen departments under the Faculty of Health Sciences.The department’s Vision is “A world class Department committed to innovative scholarly pursuit, scientific research and service delivery”.Mission“ To provide quality health education and training, research and service delivery that embodies the aspirations of the community through creation, preservation, integration, transmission and utilization of public health knowledge”and Core Values“Excellence, Quality, Integrity, Innovativeness, Professionalism and Collaboration”.The Department has a team of vibrant and dedicated academic and non-academic staff. The academic staff in addition to teaching responsibility carry out research and project activities. The department serves the Faculty of Health Sciences as a lead in teaching and learning, curriculum development and evaluation activities. The department coordinates faculty’s MBChBstudents’ Health facility/field attachment to enhance community diagnosis.The academic staff service all other departments by teaching Community Diagnosis, Research Methodology, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Primary Health Care, Health Service Management, Environmental & Occupational Health, Behavioural Sciences, Epidemiology of Communicable Diseases and Medical Education courses. The department has two programs to be launched soon namely: Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Health Professions Education.

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