Public health

DEPARTMENT OF NURSING SCIENCE

Introduction

The B.N.Sc. programme was developed as a response to the instruction of the National Universities Commission that candidates with relevant qualifications be admitted for the 5-years generic programme. 

Philosophy of the Bachelor of Nursing Science Degree programme:

(1) The nursing profession believes that human beings are bio-psycho-social beings and meeting their needs is the focus of all nursing activities.  Human beings are members of a family and families make up communities.

(2) The health care system exists to meet the need of the consumers of health care by providing primary, secondary and tertiary health maintenance activities to ensure that individuals, families, groups and communities are assisted to maintain a high level of wellness. The profession endorses the Alma Ata declaration which states that primary health care is the key to the attainment of health for all by the year 2000 AD, and beyond.

(3) The human environment is a major factor in man’s health status.  It is therefore necessary to conceptualize the individual and the environment as open system engaged in continuous, dynamic interaction.

(4) University education is the key of the growth of a profession. Optimal professional nursing education can be achieved in an institution of higher learning that provides a foundation for general education in the various sciences and arts.

(5) Nursing is a science based on the knowledge of behaviour that enables changes in the client system to be monitored by utilizing the scientific method of inquiries whilst providing nursing intervention to individuals, families, groups and communities at the primary, secondary and tertiary level of health care.

(6) Professional nursing education is built upon a theoretical base that seeks to develop continuous self-directed practitioners, who will advance and test knowledge on which practice is based.  Current health care demands, requires an innovative approach in professional preparation, and a curriculum that is responsive to the changing health needs of the society.

Vision:

To become a world class training and research centre in the training of Nursing professional

Mission

To produce graduate nurses that are capable of meeting health, healthcare and nursing caring needs within the context of managing common and emerging locally health conditions and yet capable of functioning internationally by keeping abreast with cutting edge health care delivery practices through equality learning for self-reliance and professional development.

Aims

(a) To offer liberal or general and professional education to be able to utilize psycho-social and physical factors in health promotion, health maintenance and of health restoration.

(b) To prepare the student nurse to think effectively, to communicate thought and to discriminate among values.

(c) The programme aim to produce Polyvalent Nurse Practitioner, capable of performing nursing skills in a variety of settings, therapeutically assisting individuals, family and Community with diverse back grounds and health problems to attain optimal health.

(d) The programme prepares nurse-practitioners who are capable of relating the role of health services to the broader social system and who will be engaged in life-long and self-directed learning.

Institutional Objectives

Institutional Objectives of the B.N.Sc Curriculum

(1) To provide a conducive teaching-learning environment that support innovations, promote self-directed learning and professional behaviours

(2) To promote inter-professional education as to enrich the contents and methods of implementing the B.N.Sc curriculum

(3) To graduate professional nurses capable of giving high quality nursing care to individuals, families and communities of diverse backgrounds, and in a variety of social and cultural settings.

(4) To mentor students into leadership responsibilities by involving them in the administration of the department and management of self-directed organizations.

(5) To develop problem solving potentials and research interest of students by exposing them to problem situations and by involving them in research projects.

(6) To carry out research aimed at improving the quality of health, healthcare and nursing care.

(7) To build capacity of faculty for quality technology facilitated teaching-learning and mentoring of learners, younger colleagues in academics and clinical practice

(8) To support the participation of faculty members and students in University and professional affairs.

(9) To evaluate the educational programmes of the department in the light of:

       (i)  the educational objectives;

       (ii) the health needs of the nation;

       (iii) their adequacy as foundations for further studies;

       (iv) emerging trends in nursing education globally; and

       (v) emerging trends in curriculum development and implementation.

       (vi) effective use of technology to enhance teaching, learning, research and practice

(10) To formulate and maintain active recruitment programmes.

(11) To develop and maintain audio-visual, and other learning resources.

(12) To adopt technology as appropriate in the implementation of the curriculum in line with emerging trends in education generally and in nursing education in particular.

(13) To formulate future plans and seek funds to maintain its educational and training programmes.

Admission Requirements

The requirements are as listed here under:

(a)  Candidate must satisfy the prescribed minimum requirements for admission into the degree programme of the College.

(b)  Candidates must have five credit passes in the Senior School Certificate or its        equivalent in:

            (i)         English Language

            (ii)        Biology

            (iii)       Chemistry

            (iv)       Mathematics

             (v)        Physics

             (vi)       And any one of the following Economics, Geography and Agric. Science at one sitting.

Admission

Candidates may be considered for admission to Part I B.N.Sc degree programme after passing the University Matriculation Examination (UME) of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and the university screening examination or any other examination as prescribed by the university authority. They are also to obtain a pass in the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) or National Examination Council (NECO) or its approved equivalent at Credit Level in at least five subjects including English Language, Mathematics

Direct Entry Requirements into 4 years B.N.Sc. Programme

(a)  Candidate must satisfy the prescribed minimum requirements for admission into the degree programmes of the Department of Nursing Science,  College of Medicine.

(b)  In addition to (a) and (3) normal first year admission requirements, candidates may possess a General Nurse Diploma registerable with Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria

(c)  Candidates with General Certificate of Education Advance Level’ or approved equivalent Biology, Chemistry and physics plus Senior Secondary School Certificate or its Equivalent in:

(d)  Candidates with 1st degree in health related disciplines with not less than Second Class Upper.

(e)  Candidate transferring from other Faculties of this university or other Universities with a CGPA of not less than 3.5