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About the Faculty

The qualifications are designed to train professional nurses who are able to adapt to the changing roles of the nursing profession in tandem with extending boundaries of nursing practice.

It is envisaged that the qualification will equip students with high quality career-oriented nursing education that meets the lifelong learning needs of the student.

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Pofessor Agnes van Dyk

  • Prof. van Dyk is the Director of the School of Health Sciences at IUM with effect from 01 April 2013. Prior to IUM, she was employed by UNAM as a full Professor till she resigned in 2012.
  • Prof van Dyk holds a PhD in Nursing from the University of Namibia and various Professional nursing qualifications.
  • Prof. van Dyk has over over twenty years of experience in nursing education in Namibia.
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Pofessor Agnes van Dyk

Welcome from the Dean

Welcome to the Department of Nursing Science within the School of Health Sciences at the International University of Management. The school of Health Sciences is located at the Dorado Campus.

We have a vibrant and unique identity rooted in our innovative and critical approach to nursing education.

The Department offers a teaching programme Bachelors of Nursing Honours Degree of high academic quality.

Theoretical and clinical nursing education is offered simultaneously and our students are allocated to clinical sites early in the program me.

We have cooperated agreements with the private and public health care institutions to accommodate the students for clinical learning experiences.

We are dedicated to ensuring that our students are prepared for the workplace when they leave IUM!

-Professor Agnes van Dyk

Director of School of Health Sciences

Bachelor Degree in Nursing

Purpose

The purpose of the Bachelor in Nursing Honours degree programme is to provide the Namibian nation with nurse practitioners who have sufficient expertise in dealing with the most pressing health problems in the country. It aims to provide students with the competency to analyse, integrate, and apply scientific, theoretical, and clinical knowledge in their daily practice. The qualification is designed to train professional nurses who are able to adapt to the changing roles of the nursing profession in tandem with extending boundaries of nursing practice. It is envisaged that the qualification will equip students with high quality career-oriented nursing education that meets the lifelong learning needs of the student.

Programme Outcomes

Holders of this qualification will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of ethical, moral, legal and professional principles in caring for patients.
  • Diagnose patient problems that need nursing care, draw up a nursing care plan, implement the plan and evaluate the outcome.
  • Conduct nursing research and critically analyse results to be implemented in nursing practice.
  • Manage a health care unit by applying and critiquing management principles.

SPECIAL SCHOOL/FACULTY REGULATIONS

Progression/advancement Regulations

NS 1: NS 1: The minimum duration of study for this programme shall be 4 years, with a maximum of 6 years for completion.

NS 2 : The curriculum consists of 494 credits in total gained in the following :

  • 14 semester courses
  • 18 year courses
  • 2,200 practical hours (notional)

NS 3 : A student wishing to proceed to the following year of study must pass the pre-requisite of a course or subject.

NS 4 : Students register for all the courses of the programme in the first year

NS 5 : To proceed to the second (2nd) year of study, a student must pass:

  • Nursing Science 1
  • Community Health 1
  • Biological Sciences
  • Clinical Nursing 1
  • Introduction to Midwifery Science

NS 6 : To proceed to the third (3rd) year of study, a student must pass:

  • Nursing Science 2
  • Community Health 2
  • Biological Sciences
  • Clinical Nursing 2
  • Midwifery 2

NS 7 : To proceed to the fourth (4th) year of study, a student must pass:

  • Nursing Science 3
  • Mental Health
  • Clinical Nursing 3
  • Midwifery 2 ?????***
  • Research Methodology

N8 8 : In years 4, 5, and 6 the remaining courses must also be passed.

Course Outline
Year 1 (104 Credits)
Nursing Science I: Foundation of Nursing
Community Health Nursing I
Introduction to the Philosophy of Care
Clinical Nursing I
Introduction to IT for Nursing Practitioners and Administrators
Communication Skills
Biological Sciences: Applied Anatomy & Physics
Introduction to Midwifery Science
Introduction to Psychology for Nurses
Critical Thinking Skills
Year 2 (118 Credits)
Nursing Science II: Medical & Surgical Conditions General
Midwifery Science I
Community Health Nursing II
Biological Sciences: Physiology & Biochemistry
Clinical Nursing II
Pharmacology for Nurses
Microbiology for Nurses
Year 3 (128 Credits)
Nursing Science III: Medical and Surgical Conditions
Midwifery Science II
Community Health Nursing III
Research Methodology in Health Sciences
Clinical Nursing III
Mental Health Nursing
Year 4 (144 Credits)
Nursing Science IV: Specialised Units
Midwifery Science III
Professional Practice & Ethics in Nursing
Health Research Report
Health Service Management (Unit Level)
Clinical Nursing IV

Certificate of Administration in HIV and AIDS Management

Philosophy

The certificate programme is designed for young people who wish to arm themselves with entry-level knowledge in HIV and AIDS management. It introduces core areas in HIV and AIDS Management such as prevention, voluntary Counselling and testing (VCT), treatment, care and support

Programme Outcomes

On successful completion of the Certificate in HIV and AIDS Management, the candidates should be able to carry out the following duties in the HIV and AIDS management field:

  • Assisting HIV and AIDS Education officers to conduct awareness raising programmes
  • Coordinating grass root level HIV and AIDS prevention activities.
  • Mobilizing communities for voluntary testing and counselling.
  • Educating affected families in Home-based Care activities.

Objectives (Purpose)

  • To equip the certificate holders with adequate knowledge and skills to carry out and assist in HIV and AIDS programmes.
  • To provide necessary knowledge and skills to work as team players in community mobilization and empowerment activities.
  • To prepare the certificate holder as a facilitator for the United Nations, Government and NGOs programmes, such as My Future My Choice (MFMC), Windows of Hope and Stepping Stones that target adolescents and youth.

Course Outline

Certificate of Administration (100 Credits)
Professional Presentation
Spoken Business English
Report Writing
Namibian and Regional Economics
Mathematics for Business
Computer Literacy
Health Education I
HIV and AIDS Studies I
Psychological Counselling I
Introduction to Community Based Care & Support

Higher Certificate in HIV and AIDS Management

Philosophy

The Higher Certificate programme is designed for young people and junior staff attached to HIV and AIDS programmes in the public, private or NGO sectors. It will help them to understand the programme management principles and employ acquired community sensitisation skills to implement and monitor their HIV and AIDS programmes effectively and efficiently in a professional manner.

Programme Outcomes

On successful completion of the Higher Certificate in HIV and AIDS Management, the candidates should be able to carry out the following duties in this management field:

  • Serving as Community Educators, Programme Assistants for the HIV and AIDS Management affairs in the government establishments, corporate sector and national/ international NGOs
  • Organising HIV and AIDS Programme management workshops, seminars and training Programmes for communities and workplaces
  • Mobilising communities for voluntary testing and counselling.
  • Organising Home-based Care, support and treatment literacy programmes for people living with HIV and AIDS and their families.

Objectives (Purpose)

  • To arm candidates with necessary theoretical background and operational skills to obtain the planned results from HIV and AIDS Management Programmes in the public, corporate and NGO sector.
  • Knowledge and skills to carry out and assist in HIV and AIDS Programmes.
  • To provide necessary knowledge and skills in community awareness raising, counselling, testing, care and support Programmes focusing on people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.
  • To fill the country’s prevailing human resources gap in the public and private sector to strengthen and implement the National HIV and AIDS policy and Strategic Plan

Course Outline

Higher Certificate (120 Credits)
HIV/AIDS Studies II
IT Literacy & Communication Skills
Psychological Counselling II
Community-based Care and Support II
Networking & Partnerships
Health Education II
Project Management
Research Methodology

Higher Diploma in HIV and AIDS Management

Philosophy

The Higher Diploma Programme is designed to enable young people and staff to qualify as the middle management level personnel for the HIV and AIDS programmes in the public, private or NGO sectors. It provides theoretical and practical knowledge to manage HIV and AIDS programme at various levels - community, workplace and national. Moreover, employees backed with this qualification and approximately five years experience will be suitable for management level positions in HIV and AIDS programmes and projects.

Programme Outcomes
  • The higher diploma holders are backed by theoretical, practical and programming skills and are in a strong position to plan and implement HIV and AIDS projects and programmes in the public, corporate and NGO sector.
  • They are capable of implementing HIV and AIDS programmes in the government/private sectors and monitor their progress. Moreover, they are in a good position to conduct Training programmes at community regional and national level.
  • These higher diploma holders will fill the country’s prevailing human resources gap in the public and private sector to strengthen and implement the National HIV and AIDS policy and Strategic Plan and support 2030 programme components relating to HIV and AIDS
Objectives (Purpose)

  • To provide our Higher Diploma Holders with theoretical background and operational strategies to achieve the objectives of HIV and AIDS Management Programmes in the public, corporate and NGO sector. Knowledge and skills to carry out and assist in HIV and AIDS programmes.
  • To provide necessary knowledge and skills. To introduce results based awareness raising, counselling, testing, care and support programmes for workplace and for communities to reverse HIV infections and mitigate the impact of AIDS
  • To fill the country’s middle management level human resources gap in the public and private sector, to strengthen and implement the National HIV and AIDS policy, Strategic Plan (e.g. Namibia MTP-2004-2009) and national socio-economic agendas.

Course Outline
Higher Diploma (120 Credits)
HIV and AIDS Studies III
Health Education III
Ethics (Moral Philosophy)
Psychological Counselling III

Bachelors Degree in in HIV and AIDS Management

Philosophy

The stakeholders, communities and the government are all overwhelmed by the state of planning, implementation and management work that has to be done effectively to execute programmes and preventive projects to curb the HIV and AIDS pandemic. Institutions of Higher learning have not embarked seriously on training HIV and AIDS management. Thus, the International University of Management by establishing HIV and AIDS courses at Degree levels fills this gap.

The HIV and AIDS educational programmes will produce personnel that can deal with the complexities involved in managing HIV and AIDS while the search for cure goes on. Such management requires a comprehensive response framework that includes theoretical, cognitive and practical skills that only a centre of higher learning can provide.

Programme Outcomes

Upon completion of the programme, the student will be able to:

  • Plan, manage, organize and lead HIV and AIDS management projects and programmes

Objectives (Purpose)

  • Design awareness and prevention measures for HIV and AIDS
  • Facilitate care, support and treatment plans for HIV patients
  • Analyse different situations posed by the pandemic
  • Know the possibilities and limitations of developing countries for managing HIV and
  • Create channels of interventions adapted to the given situations
  • Develop expertise, knowledge and skills on social behaviour surrounding HIV and AIDS.
  • Conduct research on HIV and AIDS and related diseases

Field Projects

There will be field projects in each of the second, third and fourth years. The second year project will be carried out in groups of four students. The third year project will be carried out in pairs and the final year ‘Action Learning’ project will be an individual assignment. All assignments will be assessed.

Course Outline
Year I (100 Credits)
Business Communication I
Community Based Care & Support I
Computer Studies I
Health Education I
HIV and AIDS Studies I
Mathematics I
Psychological Counselling I
Introduction to Regional Economics (SADC)
Year 2 (120 Credits)
Computer Studies II
Health Education II
HIV and AIDS Studies II
Networking & Partnerships I
Project Management I
Psychological Counselling II
Research Methodology I
Year 3 (120 Credits)
HIV and AIDS Studies III
Psychological Counselling III
Health Education III
Ethics for HIV and AIDS Management
Year 4 (140 Credits)
Field Project: HIV and AIDS Management Case Study
Human Rights and HIV/AIDS III
Social Anthropology IV
Strategic Management IV
Choose one subject and one research project from the following:
Health Education IV
HIV/AIDS Studies IV
Psychological Counselling IV