KANYE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST COLLEGE OF NURSING

Family Nurse Practice

Ms Messina Sehunwe

Head of Department Family Nurse Practitioner

The Family Nurse Practitioner program equips registered nurses with a repertoire of skills to enable them to provide preventive,promotive, curative and rehabilitative care to individuals, families and groups across the lifespan. A family nurse practitioner manages common acute and chronic illnesses. Students are equipped with skills to be competent in patient’s health history and that of their family members and also involves the family members in their care.

 

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FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER

Health Sciences

DESCRIPTION

The Family Nurse Practitioner program equips registered nurses with a repertoire of skills to enable them to provide preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative care to individuals, families and groups across the lifespan. A family nurse practitioner manages common acute and chronic illnesses. A family nurse practitioner is equipped with skills to be competent in patient’s health history and that of their family members and also involves the family members in their care. A family nurse practitioner will have a unique opportunity to develop long-term relationships with patients. Family Nurse Practitioners practice mainly in ambulatory care settings with emphasis on preventative care, therefore, contributing significantly in underserved communities.

Employment Opportunities

  • Family Nursing Practitioner

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

  • The programme is a full time programme which runs over duration of 24 months (2 years).
  • The programme consists of four (4) semesters which includes an internship plan in the fourth semester

CORE COURSES

  • Statistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Family Nursing
  • Pathophysiology
  • Research Project
  • Role Development
  • Health Assessment
  • Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Introduction to Research
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Health Promotion across the lifespan
  • Primary Care of Adults and Older Adults
  • Primary Care of Children and Adolescents
  • Children and Adolescents in Health and Illness
  • Disease Diagnoses and Management Practicum
  • Disease Diagnoses and Management in Adults and Older Adults
  • Application of Principles and Practice of Sexual and Reproductive Health Care

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

  • Communication and Study Skills
  •  Computer Applications in Health Care
Code Type of Course Title Theory Hours Credit Practice Hours Credit Total
FNP 401 Health Assessment 42 3 42 1
FNP 402 Family Nursing 28 2 42 1
FNP 403 Health Promotion Across the Life span 42 3
FNP 404 Pathophysiology 42 3
PCT 372 Pharmacotherapeutics 42 3
HGE111 Communication and Study Skills 28 2
Total 16 2
Code Type of Course Title Theory Hours Credit Practice Hours Credit Total
FNP 405 Children and Adolescents in Health and Illness. 42 3 84 2
FNP 406 Sexual and Reproductive Health 42 3 84 2
PHS 403 Statistics 28 2
HGE 401 Computer application in health care. 14 1 42 1
PHS 204 Research 28 2 28 1
Total 11 6
Code Type of Course Title Theory Hours Credit Practice Hours Credit Total
FNP 407 Role Development 42 3
FNP 408 Disease Diagnosis and Management in adults and older adults 70 5
FNP 409 Disease Diagnosis and management Practicum 168 4
PHS 401 Epidemiology 56 2
PHS 402 28 2
Total 10 6
Code Type of Course Title Theory Hours Credit Practice Hours Credit Total
FNP 410 Primary Care of Children and Adolescents 5 5
FNP 411 Application of Principles and Practice of Sexual and Reproductive Health Care 5 5
FNP 412 Primary Care of Adults and Older Adults. 5 5
Total 15

1. Diploma in General nursing or its equivalent with a minimum of two years in nursing practice 2. Be registered with nursing and midwifery council of Botswana (NMCB)

COURSE CATALOG

FNP 401: HEALTH ASSESSMENT

Credits: 4 | Prerequisites: None

Course Description

 This course is designed to enable the student to take both a complete and problem oriented patient history and perform comprehensive and problem focused physical examination. The skills acquired in the course form a basis for family nurse practice. The course covers history taking and physical examination of all body systems. Systemic and concise reporting and recording are emphasized. Beginning skills and clinical decision making are introduced. Students practice their health assessment skills in the learning laboratory as well as the clinical settings.

FNP 402: FAMILY NURSING

Credits: 3 | Prerequisites: None

Course Description

The course aims at assisting the students in applying concepts and principles of theories used in family nursing in promoting the health of individuals, family members, family systems and the community. The course focuses on the introduction of family social and nursing theories, dynamics and coping strategies as applied to the family nursing process. Implications of disease, psychosocial issues and social change on family function and health are explored. Models for family nursing practice locally and internationally are explored.

FNP 403: HEALTH PROMOTION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN

Credits: 3 | Prerequisites: None

Course Description

This course is designed to enable the student to integrate concepts and principles of health promotion and disease prevention in assessment and management of individuals, families and communities. The course covers concepts and principles of health promotion and disease prevention, introduction to health promotion models, health education and wellness/risk factor identification. Emphasis is placed on the role of self-care in health maintenance and disease prevention. This course also introduces the student to concepts and principles of program planning and evaluation. The role of the family nurse practitioner in disease prevention program/service is explored.

FNP 404: PATHOPHYSIOLOGY

Credits: 3 | Prerequisites: None

Course Description

This course is designed to provide the student with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of pathophysiological basis for common disease entities. Building on the student’s prior knowledge of anatomy and physiology as well as the nursing sciences, this course presents an in depth view of physiological processes in selected body systems pertinent to understanding alterations underlying disease. Pathophysiological processes and related symptomatology in common disease states are explored.

PCT 372: PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS

Credits: 3 | Prerequisites: None

Course Description

 This course is designed to assist the student to develop safe prescribing practices. The course provides the student with an in-depth knowledge of Pharmacotherapeutics agents used in primary health care settings. The course entails a review of concepts and principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Major categories of Pharmacotherapeutics agents used in primary care settings are addressed. Emphasis is placed on utilization of appropriate reference material, treatment protocols and guidelines.

HGE 111:     Communication and study skills     

Course Description

 The course is intended to develop the learner’s communication skills to enable him/ her to communicate effectively in academic and work situations. Knowledge gained in this course will assist the learner to communicate with clients and colleagues in a variety of settings.

FNP 405: CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS IN HEALTH AND    

                  ILLNESS  

Credits: 5 | Prerequisites: FNP 401, FNP 404, PCT 372

Course Description

The course is designed to focus on the theory and practice in the management and provision of promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health services to children and adolescents. The course covers overview of primary health care services offered to children and adolescents and psychosocial issues affecting their health and well-being. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of knowledge and skills in assessment, diagnosis and management of health problems common to children and adolescent using a problem based approach.

FNP 406: SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH    

Credits: 5 | Prerequisites: FNP 401, FNP 404, PCT 372

Course Description

The course is designed to assist the learner to acquire knowledge and skills in the management and provision of promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health services to men and women in the reproductive ages. The focus is on psychological and physiological issues affecting health and well-being of the reproductive group. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of knowledge and skills in the assessment, diagnosis and management of common sexual and reproductive health.

HGE 401: COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN HEALTH CARE

Credits: 2 | Prerequisites: None

Course Description

This course is designed to equip the learner with knowledge and skills of basic computer applications used in health care settings. The course focuses on commonly used applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Internet Explorer. Significant emphasis will also be placed on currently used patient information management systems and statistical packages.

PHS 402: RESEARCH

Credits: 3 | Prerequisites: None

Course Description

This course provides the learner with basic knowledge and necessary skills to utilize the scientific process in assessing and evaluating patient care. The research process provides a foundation upon which health care interventions are based. Report writing and dissemination of the study findings is also covered.

PHS 403: STATISTICS 

Credits: 2 | Prerequisites: None

Course Description

The course is designed to equip students with skills in organizing, presenting, analysing and interpreting numerical data by way of statistical techniques. Having attained the foundational statistical methods, this course will assist the students with data collection, analysis and drawing of implications in their projects. The course presents and overview of descriptive statistics with emphasis on data presentation methods and measures of central tendencies. Selected basic inferential statistical techniques will be introduced.

FNP 407: ROLE DEVELOPMENT     

Credits: 3 | Prerequisites: None

Course Description

This course provides the student with an opportunity to explore the roles of nurses functioning in expanded practice scope with emphasis on the family Nurse Practitioner role. The course explores the historical evolution of expanded roles in nursing, as well as societal factors and attitudinal changes involved in role adaptation. The focus is on the Family Nurse Practitioner as a primary health care provider and member of the health care team. Professional, policy, legal and ethical issues influencing family nurse practice will be discussed.

FNP 408: DISEASE DIAGNOSIS AND MANAGEMENT IN ADULTS     

                 AND OLDER ADULTS   

Credits: 5 | Prerequisites: FNP 401, FNP 404, PCT 372

Course Description

This course is aimed at providing the student with knowledge in assessment, diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic health problems of the adults and older adults in the primary health care settings. Using a problem based approach, this course covers commonly presenting signs and symptoms and their underlying disease/conditions. Specific knowledge to be acquired includes focused history, physical examination, ordering and interpreting the significance of pertinent diagnostic studies. Significant emphasis is placed on development of diagnostic reasoning skills enabling formulation of sound differential diagnoses and coming up with appropriate and comprehensive plan of care.

FNP 409: DISEASE DIAGNOSIS AND MANAGEMENT PRACTICUM  

Credits: 4 | Prerequisites: FNP 401, FNP 404, PCT 372

Course Description

The course is designed to offer the student the opportunity to gain clinical competencies in the assessment, diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic health problems. The focus is on episodic history taking and physical examinations, ordering and interpreting pertinent diagnostic studies and developing and implementing appropriate comprehensive management plan for acute and chronic primary health care problems of adults and older adults. Emphasis is placed on appropriate recording using approved formats and presenting findings.

PHS 401: RESEARCH PROJECT

Credits: 2 | Prerequisites: PHS 201

Course Description

The course is designed to provide the student with practical skills in application of the research process in addressing clinical problems in the health care delivery system. The student develops the research proposal. Faculty student interaction process is the main instructional strategy for this course.

PHS 402: EPIDEMIOLOGY  

Credits: 2 | Prerequisites: None

Course Description

The course equips the students with basic concepts of epidemiology that would be useful for rigorous and systematic investigation and control of health and illness patterns within the communities they serve. It entails introduction to epidemiology, epidemiological aspects of disease causation, epidemiologic study designs, prevention and control of health care problems.

FNP 410: PRIMARY CARE OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS  

Credits: 5 | Prerequisites: FNP 405

Course Description

This course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to integrate and apply the skills acquired from a wide range of theoretical and practical courses offered throughout the FNP program in the assessment, diagnosis and management of common health problems in children and adolescents. The practicum comprises of two clinical rotations in health care settings of different levels in which the students are expected to complete a specified number of patient encounters within certain diagnostic categories. Students attend one-week seminar at the end of each rotations. It is designed to help them integrate concepts presented in previous didactic and clinical instruction courses and experiences acquired during the field practicum. Emphasis is also placed on issues related to role development and role change. Opportunity is provided for self-evaluation and peer-review.

 

FNP 411: APPLICATION OF PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF

                 SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE 

Credits: 5 | Prerequisites: FNP 406

Course Description

This course is a field practicum that focuses on refinement, synthesis and application of advanced practice skills in the management of common sexual and reproductive health problems/concerns. Emphasis is placed on developing competencies in the area of history taking, physical examination, ordering and interpreting pertinent diagnostic tests, establishing diagnoses, developing and implementing appropriate management plan. Students are expected to complete a specified number of patient encounters within certain diagnostic categories. Students attend one-week seminar between and at the end of rotations, designed to help them integrate concepts presented in previous didactic and clinical instruction courses and experiences acquired during the field practicum.

 

FNP 412: PRIMARY CARE OF ADULTS AND OLDER ADULTS  

Credits: 5 | Prerequisites: FNP 408, FNP 409

 Course Description

The course is a field practicum in which students acquire and further refine their skills in assessment, diagnosis and management of primary health care problems in adults and older adults. Family Nurse Practitioners and Medical Officers act as preceptors and assist students in development of clinical competencies. The practicum comprises of two clinical rotations in health care settings in of different levels in which the students are expected to complete a specified number of patient encounters within certain diagnostic categories. Students attend one-week seminar between and at the end of rotations, designed to help them integrate concepts presented in previous didactic and clinical instruction courses and experiences acquired during the field practicum. Emphasis is also placed on issues related to role development and role change. Opportunity is provided for self-evaluation and peer-review.

Full Time