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Margret M. Oladapo
MPH, Ph.D, RN, RM, RNE
Coordinator
 

INTRODUCTION

Community health Nursing is the specialty of Nursing that is a combination of Nursing and public health practice . The focus unlike other specialties of Nursing is not the individuals but population. Health. Emphasis is on health promotion and protection of population across the life span. The Importance of the family as the basic unit of society is considered in Community Health Nursing. Communities are struggling with a large number of people across the lifespan, who receive minimal or no health care because they cannot afford or access services. Also, public concerns regarding quality, cost, access and fragmentation of health care, have contributed to a shift in care from the more traditional acute care settings to the community. This has led to changes in nursing practice.

There is also increasing emphasis on community-focused nursing care with the community as the client. Evidence has shown that increasing attention to healthy lifestyles and healthy behaviours prevents health problems and reduces health risk and threats. Therefore, strengthening the community health care system based on primary health care is the focus of health care reforms. Professional nursing services focusing on providing health care and services to the entire community is an ideal solution to meeting the demands of community health care.

With the changing health care systems and needs, nurses should be prepared to meet the needs of populations rather than institutions. It is important for them to form new partnerships in the community if they are to be prepared for health care in future, giving health back to the home and community. Community Health Nursing is therefore, critical in the achievement of universal health coverage.

The Department of Community Health Nursing (CHN) was established on 1st August, 2018 under the Faculty of Nursing Science. It is charged with the responsibility of coordinating all the learning experiences required by undergraduate and postgraduate students offering courses in community health nursing specialties. It shall prepare undergraduates for the professional examination in Public Health by the West African Health Examination Board (WAHEB) and consequent registration and licensure with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) as Registered Public Health Nurses (RPHN) to practice in Nigeria.

The department collaborates with the other three departments in the Faculty of Nursing Science to run the BNSc programme. This polyvalent degree programme has a public health component which prepares students for public health practice. As part of the future plans, the department will run post graduate programmes in Community Health Nursing. The proposed clinical specialist tracks in the department include: Family Health Nursing, Project Development & Implementation, School Health, Rural Nursing, Occupational Health Nursing, Geriatric Nursing, oncology Nursing. Where required, the specialist shall also be prepared for licensing examinations by the Council.



            OBJECTIVES

1)   To expose undergraduate students the basics of Community Health Nursing practice.

 

2)   To prepare BNSc graduates to work in the communities and work with populations.

 

3)   To promote research for evidence based nursing practice and reforms in nursing education

 

4)   To promote the health and wellbeing of populations and foster quality service delivery

 

5)   To hold consultation and collaborate with relevant government and non-governmental agencies on nursing issues, locally and globally.

 

6)   To prepare students for the Public health Nursing examination.

 



ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES

300 LEVEL FIRST SEMESTER

NSC 301: Nutrition in Health and Disease

NSC 303: Environmental Health

NSC317: Community Health Nursing 1

NSC 318: Epidemiology

300 LEVEL SECOND SEMESTER

NSC 327: Community Health Nursing II

NSC 328: Community Health Nursing Practicum

400 LEVEL FIRST SEMESTER:

NSC 417: Community Health Nursing III

NCS 418: Community Health Nursing Practicum

Second Semester;

IT-Industrial Training:

NSC 428: Community Health Nursing Practicum

500 LEVEL FIRST SEMESTER

NSC 517: Community Health Nursing IV

NSC 518: Community Health Nursing Practicum

NSC 507: Geriatric Nursing

500 LEVEL SECOND SEMESTER

NSC 527: Community Health Nursing1V

NSC 528: Community Health Nursing Practicum

NSC 505: Oncology Nursing



ACADEMIC STAFF

Dr. Margaret Moyosola Oladapo

Qualification: MPH, Ph.D, RN, RM, RNE

Designation: Lecturer I

Oyeninhun Abimbola Oluwatosin  

Qualification: RN, Ph.D

Designation: Associate Professor

Alice Igbekele Ogundele

Qualification:

Designation: Lecturer II

Yetunde Abosede Olawale

Qualification:

Designation: Lecturer II





comhealth@unimed.edu.ng

Community Health Nursing Department

University of Medical Science

Odosida Campus Ondo City

Ondo State.

Nigeria.





University of Medical Sciences

Laje Road, Ondo City, Ondo State, Nigeria.
PMB 536. E-mail: info@unimed.edu.ng
Tel: +234-706-957-3618, +234-905-826-3636