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Health Care educational Program Curriculum


Date Posted: 1/5/2018 9:22:26 AM

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Health Care educational Program Curriculum
This course will incorporate five study units with each unit being covered in forty five credit hours spread across the semester. The semester is fifteen weeks long which involves a two weeks examination period at the end of the semester and a continuous assessment test after week seven. The following is a course outline showing the specific units and the topics under each unit.
Introduction to Health Assessment

This topic is set to equip the learners with the necessary knowledge regarding the process of diagnosis and initiation of the treatment process as well as the response to actual or the potential human health problems. It handles specific tasks involving infection prevention and control, stress management, good communication with the patients and how the learners will handle these infections and at the same time handle the risk of contracting the infections themselves.
Students will also get to learn on how to approach cases that will need critical thinking such as handling of emergency cases. Cultural diversity will also be a key area of study since the students will get to work in areas with different cultures as well as handle patients from various dynamic cultural backgrounds.

By the end of this course the learner should be in a position to detect the possible health problems facing a patient from the description given and make an informed decision regarding the tests to administer and the treatment steps to take from the results of the tests.
This course also gives the learners insights on the ethical way of handling patients as well as other ethical issues to observe at their places of work.
Introduction to Human Anatomy
Designed to introduce the learners to the human cell structure, this unit is important because it orients the learners to exactly what they will be handling on a

day to day basis in a practical set up. The learners will get to understand the body systems which include the breathing system, digestive system, cardiac system, endocrine system, reproductive system and all other systems in the human body. The students will get to interact with these systems during practical lessons. At an advanced stage, the learners will also be involved in real hospital practical lessons to equip them with all the knowledge necessary for their practice. By the end of this course the learner should be able to have a clear picture of all that transpires beneath the human skin as well as an all dimensional perspective of the human body structural set up. The students will spend more hours in the lab as this is a practical based course.

Foundations of Nursing Practice
This is a course designed to help learners with knowledge regarding how to carry out sensitive, safe and holistic nursing care practice which are relevant to all the fields of the nursing practice. It helps students to get specific know how on the handling of every kind of nursing needs for different patients ranging from infants, children, adults, pregnant women, older people in the society as well as those with mental health issues.

A history of the nursing practice will also be studied in this course. Learners will get to know of the origin of this very crucial practice that came to be a great pillar in the provision of health care in the entire world. Here, students will study various nursing theories and what different theorists studied and the theories they came up with that of are of great help to the nursing industry.
Provision of holistic nursing care will be a major area of study since nurses will at any point in their line of work handle cases that require specialized and humane attention. The way nurses communicate with their clients will once again be revisited here as well as how they pass on crucial and delicate information to the relatives of the patients such as death of a loved one. As a result, students, through the study of various nursing theories will learn on how to create a cordial relationship with the patients to ascertain achievement of the main aim which is to provide competent and professional health care in a holistic manner without compromising their dignity or that of their patients. The students will therefore be able to learn and appreciate what their predecessors, the nursing theorists, meant when they referred to nursing as more of a calling than a career.

Nursing Leadership and Management
Management is the art and science of getting things done through the use of other people. Management helps reach organizational goals through working with others as a team. Nursing management involves all the activities aimed at providing the nursing services to the clients. The main objective of nursing management and leadership study is to equip the students with the necessary skills and competencies to provide individual, group and societal based services which is a major determinant to the attainment of a disease free society.

A competent nurse should be able to manage their respective clients as well as their health issues in a professional manner. The nurse is expected to work in an organizational structure and as such should be a good manager and a leader to help them work consistently with other stakeholders in the organization as the two virtues are in the modern day practice highly emphasized roles of a good nurse.
The course is therefore aimed at equipping the student nurses with adequate management and leadership skills as well as to enable them discover themselves with respect to these two virtues since “self-discovery and self-awareness are critical to developing the capacity to lead, and personal reflection and analysis of one’s own leadership behaviors are core components in that process. Equally as valuable is insight from those who know the individual leaders well, who have experience of them in leadership role”.

Nursing for Children and Families
The study for nursing for children and families, also referred to as pediatric nursing equips the students with knowledge necessary to offer health care services to infants, children, and adolescents in different health care settings. A nurse with this knowledge should be in a position to administer professional health care to families from the time a child is conceived, giving adequate pre natal care to the mother which involves offering necessary assessments and advice to ensure the baby is kept safe and grows safely inside the mother’s womb. The nurse should extend this care to the delivery period, seeing the mother through successful delivery and offering post natal care to both the mother and the child to ensure good growth.

Pediatric nursing also entails offering health care services to adolescents to help them go through this crucial stage of life successfully. For this reason, the nurse should also be a good counselor as the adolescents will at one point require counseling services. Societies are made up of families and as such providing health care to societies means providing health care services to families in a holistic manner. A nurse should therefore be well equipped with these special skills to provide services in a family set up. This is especially so be abuse at times families may have issues that require one to handle them with specialized care.

This course will equip the learner with all the above knowledge and it will entail both class work, lab tests as well as hospital based practical lessons. The student is required read all the reading materials provided as well as do research where necessary. To proceed to the next semester the student is supposed to record credit passes in all the topics of study. The continuous assessment will constitute thirty percent of the final mark with the end of course examination carrying the remaining seventy percent.

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