THE LAW ESTABLISHING THE COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES
The Education (National Minimum Standards and Establishment of Institutions (amendment) Decree 1993, otherwise known as Decree No 9 of 1 st January 1993 is the law under which Certificate No. 0001 of April 24th, 1999 was issued by the Honourable Minister of Education on behalf of the Federal Military Government.
Objectives of the College
a. To organize and offer courses of instructions leading to degrees, diplomas, certificates and other university qualifications and distinctions in medical studies and such related studies as may be prescribed by the Senate.
b. To organize and provide training and courses whether leading to university qualifications or not for such persons as may be prescribed by Senate.
c. To arrange and organize conferences, seminars, studies in the interest of public erudition.
d. To tackle the problem of acute shortage of medical personnel in Nigeria, Africa and the world at large.
e. To fill the gap created by the brain drain of medical personnel in Nigeria.
f. To encourage medical research in all fields of medical endeavor.
g. To ensure maintenance of quality and standards in Medical Education both at a graduate and postgraduate level.
h. To give qualitative medical education both at a graduate and postgraduate level in order to produce efficient and highly skillful doctors dedicated to the Primary Health Care delivery; and to the teaching of Medical Sciences.
i. To produce doctors who will uphold the highest ethical standard of the profession.
j. To perform any other function as shall be prescribed by the Senate of the University. The Bachelor of Nursing Sciences degree requires systematic acquisition of knowledge in the arts and sciences leading to the acquisition of the philosophical attitudes essential for professional Nursing practice. The BNSc program of Igbinedion University is professional as well as academic. It ensures that men and women who are genuinely interested in the Nursing profession are able to pursue an academic career like their counterparts in other disciplines. The development of critical thinking skills through the study of Nursing theory, social and natural sciences and research, enables the individual to function as a professional for the provision of nursing care at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. The academic program in Nursing of the Igbinedion University conforms to the motto of the University “Knowledge & Excellence”. It is therefore designed to produce nurse practitioners that can understand the social, psychological, and physical factors involved in the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health and is able to translate these factors into health needs and relate them to the appropriate health services and the broader social system of the nation and beyond.
The philosophy of the department of Nursing Science of School of Clinical Medicine of Igbinedion University, Okada is in consonance with the philosophy of education in Nigeria and that of the Igbinedion University: 1. The nursing faculty believes that the Department of Nursing Science should have the greatest concern for service through high standards of scholarship and personal character. The ultimate purpose being the advancement of public welfare and culture through wider and deeper knowledge, finer skills, and broader appreciation of human values and the African cultural heritage. 2. The faculty believes that preparation for professional nursing should consist of liberal and professional education leading to a bachelor’s degree, and should take place within a university setting. Such a nursing program should be an integral part of the university education program, utilizing and supporting all the facilities and activities of the institution. 3. The Nursing profession believes that man is a bio-psychosocial being and his needs are the focus of all Nursing activities. Man is a member of a family and families make up the communities. 4. The faculty believes nursing is a process of interactions, which aims to assist the individual family and community in maintaining or establishing an optimal level of healthy living. The nurse is an inherent part of the transaction, which helps the individual, family and community to modify their patterns of daily living according to their requirements. The nurse does this through the use of the analytic-synthetic process, the application of technical skills and feeling responses, and in cooperation with other disciplines 5. The faculty believes that a health team in which the individual, the family and the community play significant roles is the most effective approach to promotion, maintenance and restoration of health. 6. It is believed that a professional nursing programme should incorporate knowledge from the arts, sciences, humanities and nursing in order to ensure sound professional training, to stimulate research and continued acquisition of new knowledge, to promote individual self development and to advance public welfare. Therefore, there should be an orderly progression in learning. 7. Professional Nursing education is built upon the theoretical base that seeks to develop continually self-directed practitioners who will advance and test knowledge on which practice is based. Current health care demands require an innovative approach in professional preparation and a curriculum that is responsive to the needs of the society.
AIMS OF THE DEPARTMENT
1. To uphold the academic standards stipulated by the Igbinedion Universtiy, Okada 2. To provide a milieu conducive to learning and practicing of quality nursing care 3. To graduate professional nurses capable of providing high quality nursing care to individuals, families and communities of diverse background and in a variety of social and cultural settings nationally and globally 4. To assist students in learning to solve problems by exposing them to problem situations and by solving them in research projects 5. To provide professional nurse practitioners who will be intellectually stimulated to continually improve their practice skills through the utilization of research findings and a commitment to self development.
By the end of the academic program in Nursing, the undergraduate is expected to:- 1. Integrate concepts and principles from the biological, social, physical and nursing sciences in the provision of comprehensive nursing care. 2. Function effectively independently and in collaboration with other members of health and related sectors. 3. Utilize the nursing process and other tools of nursing in assisting individuals, families and groups adapt to changing health needs. 4. Formulate a theoretical framework that is applicable to the nursing care of clients at the three levels of health care by using tenets from relevant sciences. 5. Incorporate the medical plan of care into nursing activities to achieve the objectives of the dependent, interdependent and independent functions of the nurse. 6. Contribute to the improvement of nursing practice by participating in interdisciplinary research, utilizing the research process and publishing research findings in nursing practice situations. 7. Appreciate the influence of culture and habits on the health status of clients and utilize this knowledge in developing clinical skills and teaching. 8. Utilize the principles of management in the administration of health care facilities and personnel.
COMPETENCIES OF THE GRADUATE
By the end of the academic program, graduate will 1. Function dependently, interdependently and independently at the three (primary Secondary and Tertiary) levels of care, giving high quality nursing services to clients utilizing appropriate concept, models and tools of nursing practice. 2. Utilize nursing process to assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care needs of the individual patient, the family and the community. 3. Demonstrate clinical skills in the implementation of care using knowledge derived from the physical, social, biological and nursing sciences. 4. Maintain quality assurance and uphold accountability in professional practice. 5. Plan and implement formal and informal teaching for clients and other health personnel using appropriate principles of teaching and learning. 6. Function in an expanded role within the health team in the management of human and material resources and evaluating impact of care intervention strategies. 7. Initiate and conduct nursing research and utilize findings to improve nursing practice. 8. Participate in collaborative research with others for improving the health of population. 9. Demonstrate an appreciation of the need for improving self and others through active participation in continuous education program. 10. Develop positive attitudes to recognize the essential worth of the individual through her/his interpersonal responses. 11. Show commitment to nursing profession and sense of responsibility for self direction and personal growth.
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