The Department of Nursing Science shall in accordance with the vision of the Eswatini Medical Christian University, strive for excellence through education, training, research, consultancy, community engagement and spiritual growth and development.
The mission statement of the Department of Nursing Science is derived from that of the Eswatini Medical Christian University that is to excel through education, research, consultancy and community engagement. The Department of Nursing Science endeavors to further the mission of the University through ensuring that it is congruent to the mission of Nursing in society, which is to help individuals, families and groups to determine and achieve their physical, mental and social potential, and to do so within the challenging context of the environment in which they live and work. This requires nurses to develop and perform functions that relate to the promotion and maintenance of health as well as to the prevention of ill health. Through dynamic team work and academic development, the Department of Nursing Science is committed to re-define the profession of nursing through excellence in teaching, learning, research, and community service.
The Bachelor of Nursing Science degree is a four year programme designed to cater for the needs of high school students; wishing to pursue studies in nursing. Courses offered in the BNS degree program provide adequate competencies that provide sufficient preparation for registration as a General Nurse, Midwife and Community Health Nurse.
Professionalism is represented by the adoption of core values as part of a nurse’s commitment to competency, consistency, compassion in practice, and the highest standards of care in the ethical conduct of nursing. The Department of Nursing Science shares the following core values upon which the nursing programmes are designed.
- SOCIAL JUSTICE: Social justice underlies the moral and ethical imperative to respect the basic rights of others. We believe that collective action enhances the power of individuals to achieve progress in promoting these rights for individuals, families, and communities. Social justice reflects fairness in sharing both benefits and burdens.
- EQUITY: We view equity as a state of, action, and principle of treating all persons in a just and unbiased manner. It includes attention to the social determinants of health, and a nursing commitment to fairness and action to secure the full participation of patients, families and communities in their health care. As Nurses we should strive for equity in health service access, content, and quality of care to end discrimination and disparities in health outcomes.
- INTEGRITY: Integrity refers to the quality of being honest and ethical and having the moral strength to do the right thing. As nurses we have an obligation to incorporate this value in every aspect of our personal and professional life, and in the care of our patients.
- CARING: Caring is central to the health and healing processes, and is intrinsic in the therapeutic nature of person-centered Caring is predicated upon mutual respect, and it engenders trust in implementing the role of the nurse in all of the settings and relationships in which nurses contribute to society.
- SPIRITUAL GROWTH: As a department we are committed to the spiritual formation of our students and our community. A Christ-like person is integrated in mind, emotions and actions; loving and caring towards others, engaged in service, peace and justice, and able to discern God’s will and consider differences. Therefore, we are committed to providing environments of grace so that no matter where a person might be on the journey, she or he will find companionship, encouragement, and spiritual guidance.
PHILOSOPHY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF NURSING SCIENCE
The nurse’s philosophy of nursing is critical to the practice of professional nursing. It encompasses the belief system of the professional, as well as a quest for knowledge. The philosophy of the Nursing department is anchored by the following philosophical beliefs:
- PERSON: The Person is viewed as a being with physical, psychological, social, spiritual, religious and cultural needs. The Department believes that each human being is a unique creation and image of God. We believe that each person in his/her own rights is responsible for his/her own choices. The rights of man as a person in need of health shall be acknowledged at all times.
- HOLISM: is the unity and completeness of the person. Holism recognizes that persons are entire entities composed of complex, integrated systems. Conditions of the body, mind and spirit are influenced by culture, religion, education, environment, standard of living, interpersonal relationships, gender and developmental stage. Holistic nursing practice focuses on the whole being in the attempt to achieve optimal wellness across the life span through comprehensive health promotion, disease/illness prevention and restorative care of person, family and community.
- HEALTH: The department views health is a variable state that exists along a continuum of wellness to illness, and is defined by the client. Health is influenced by a variety of factors such as spirituality, cultural practices, psycho-social factors and environmental stimuli. Health outcomes re determined by the client’s ability to cope with environmental factors, and to access the health care system
- ENVIRONMENT: We view the environment as a complex set of internal and external factors including, but not limited to, physical, natural resources, socio-economic, spiritual, psychosocial, and political forces affecting and being affected by individuals, families, and community/society. We believe that Individuals need a caring environment for survival; and nursing aims at providing a therapeutic environment.
- The Department also believes that the environment demonstrates God’s love to mankind interaction of persons and various programmes which incorporate Christian principles.
- NURSING: Nursing is viewed as one of the health care professions that are diverse and uniquely rewarding. Nursing combines compassion, knowledge and sophisticated health technology to achieve its goals: to restore, maintain and promote the health of individuals, families, groups and the community. Nursing is a science and an art. The science component is the development and application of nursing knowledge and techniques. The art of nursing is the establishment of a caring compassionate relationship through which nurses apply knowledge and skills in a discerning and ethical manner.
- The department further believes that the professional nurses through the power of God provide a healing testimony to assist the individual, families and communities to maximize the self-care potential in the prevention, promotion, maintenance and restoration of health to an optimal level.
- CLIENTS: Clients are viewed as the consumers of nursing services. They are comprised of individuals, families, groups, and communities. We believe that the client is continually responding to the internal and external environments, and is capable of achieving optimal health, or a dignified death.
- EMPOWERMENT: Empowerment emerges as individuals develop the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and other resources they need to determine their own learning and health care needs and to assume a primary role in their learning and health care activities, building upon their individual capacities and experiences. We value an educational process which is learner centered and responsive to current and future needs of the community and the nursing profession. We view Learners as aspiring adults with the potential for professional competence and excellence.