IUM Introduces Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Nursing
IUM recently launched a one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Nursing qualification at the Main Campus- Dorado Park to be offered with effect from the academic year 2019.
The qualification is designed for registered nurses who are working in hospitals and clinics and are interested in developing their knowledge and skills concerning nursing and care for sick children. Paediatric Nursing is a specialised field in nursing and students who successfully complete the qualification will be able to execute advanced procedures within their scope of practice on children. Furthermore, students will gain a significant level of preventative, curative and rehabilitative knowledge and skills in paediatric nursing and will be well equipped with lifesaving skills to promote healthy child care and prevent childhood mortality throughout the country.
This qualification is important to Namibia. According to the Demographic and Health Survey of Namibia in 2014 one (1) in every twenty six (26) Namibian children die before the age of one year, and one in every nineteen (19) do not survive to their fifth birthday. Therefore, taking these statistics into consideration and in order to provide optimal paediatric care and services to the Namibian children, IUM took the decision to contribute in educating and training registered nurses in the specialist field of Paediatric Nursing.
In order to enrol, prospective students must, amongst others, be in possession of a Bachelor Degree in Nursing (NQF Level 7 or 8) or a Diploma in Comprehensive Nursing and Midwifery Science (4 years) NQF Level 7, should be registered as a nurse and midwife with the Nursing Council of Namibia and have a minimum of 2 years’ experience as a registered nurse and midwife.
For more information on this programme, visit the IUM website, www.ium.edu.na