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POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN PAEDIATRIC NURSING (NQF LEVEL 8)

Rationale

The Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Nursing (level 8) is designed for registered nurses work in hospitals and clinics and are interested in developing their knowledge and skills concerning the nursing and care for the sick child (Paediatric Nursing). Students who register for this qualification will gain a significant level of preventative, curative and rehabilitative knowledge and skills in paediatric nursing. Paediatric Nursing is a specialised field in nursing and students who complete the qualification successfully will be able to execute advanced procedures within their scope of practice on children. This qualification is an urgent need in Namibia because 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. Taking these statistics into consideration and in order to provide optimal paediatric care and services to children, it is necessary to educate and train registered nurses in the specialist field of Paediatric Nursing.

Purpose

The qualification is designed to provide optimal paediatric care and health services to children. It is necessary to educate and train nurses at post graduate level in this specialised field. The students will be well equipped with live saving skills to promote prevention, cure and rehabilitation services to children to prevent childhood mortality throughout the country. Thus, the qualification will produce graduates who will make a positive contribution to the health of children in Namibia.

The qualification is concerned with the education and training of nurses who are already registered and who practice as registered nurses in the private and public health care institutions. Students are expected to acquire the following skills: critical thinking, leadership, interpersonal communication, psychomotor and affective skills. These skills are required by employers of health care facilities to be applied to complex paediatric issues.

The qualification is offered at an institution which is accredited by the Nursing Council of Namibia. The holder of this qualification is a specialist resource person and a change agent with advanced knowledge and skills to put into practice and a nurse consultant for the multidisciplinary team on paediatric nursing care. This person can practise in the following institutions: primary healthcare, district, regional healthcare facilities, paediatric wards in hospitals public and private, and educational institutions normally at managerial level.

Admission Requirements

The entry requirements to this qualification shall be:

  • Student must be in possession of a Bachelor Degree in Nursing (Level 7 or 8) or a Diploma in Comprehensive Nursing and Midwifery Science (4 years) Level 7.
  • Registered as a nurse and midwife with the Nursing Council of Namibia.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience as a registered nurse and midwife.
  • Recognition of prior learning will be considered where applicable.

Qualification Duration
  • The duration of the qualification is one (1) year.
Programme outcomes

Holders of this qualification will be able to:

  • Provide clinical leadership in care of children.
  • Manage a child care unit within the framework of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Implement comprehensive paediatric care using the scientific approach.
  • Develop and implement standards of paediatric care. Integrate legal aspects and ethical principles during daily practices.
  • Provide professional support to parents and families.
  • Participate in research activities concerning children.

Articulation possibilities

The Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Nursing (Level 8) grants admission to a Master Degree (Level 9) in different aspects of paediatric nursing.

Credit transfer

Credit is the value assigned for the recognition of equivalence in content and learning outcomes between different types of learning and/or qualifications. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to achieve a qualification and may be through credit transfer, articulation, recognition of prior learning or advanced standing.

To be awarded these credits, IUM will need to assess the courses of combination of courses as equivalent to IUM courses. The awarded credits are governed by the IUM rules and courses awarded as credits need to have been studied within the past 5 years. Generally, credit will be given if the courses were taken at an accredited institution of higher learning; the course was equivalent to courses offered at IUM, or compatible with the Namibia Qualifications Authority requirements. Credits earned at IUM are also transferable to other institutions of higher learning. Acceptance of credits earned at other institutions is limited to 50% of the total credits required for an IUM qualification. The IUM reserves the right to reject transfer credits for courses if the student’s subsequent grades in required courses in the same subject fall below average.

Assessment Continuous assessment

Continuous Assessment (CA) attracts 40% of the final grade. This will come from the examinable activities such as written and /or oral tests, assignments (group/individual), and practical evaluations undertaken by the student during the study period. Students must score a mean of 50% in all the coursework (theory and practice) to be allowed to sit for the final written and practical examinations. Semester courses will be finally assessed at the end of each semester while year courses will be finally assessed at the end of the academic year.

Final Examination

The final examination counts for 60% of the overall final mark. The final examination comes at the end of the course. Unless prescribed otherwise, the standard examinations will be of three hours duration. Examiners may, in addition to written examination, test any student orally.

Supplementary examinations

A student who fails a subject with an overall mark of 40-49% is eligible to sit for a supplementary examination. A student who fails a subject with an overall mark of 39 % and below will be required to repeat the same subject until the subject is passed.

Methods of Teaching and Learning

The teaching and learning processes will be offered through lectures, tutorial activities and discussions, collaborative group tasks, demonstrations, case studies, practical projects, and written assignments. Practicals will be taught in hospitals, clinics and simulation.

Quality Assurance

Commitment is made to ensure that the qualification offered remains relevant, current and provides students with a high quality of teaching and learning experiences. To ensure meeting the course quality assurance requirements is a continuous process through incorporating regular monitoring, review, benchmarking and improvement. An external evaluator will periodically evaluate the qualification in terms of course content, teaching methods, course resources and assessments.

YEAR 1
SEMESTER 1
Maternal and Child Health Care Services
Research Methodology
SEMESTER 2
Communication in Paediatric Nursing
Research Project
YEAR COURSES
Child and Family Health
Anatomy and Physiology: Capita Selecta for Children
Paediatric Nursing Science
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