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Paper 2: Foundations of Nursing l & Computer

Foundations of nursing 1
  • Subtopic: History of Nursing
  • Subtopic: The role of the nurse
  • Subtopic: Code of conduct for Nurses
  • Subtopic: Nursing ethics and etiquette
  • Subtopic: Medico-legal issues
  • Subtopic: Composition and role of the health facility team
  • Subtopic: Patient’s rights
  • Subtopic: Nurses’ rights
  • Subtopic: Nursing and the law
  • Subtopic: Nursing standards and qualities of a nurse
  • Subtopic: General principles and rules of all nursing procedures
  • Subtopic: Hospital economy
  • Subtopic: Use of personal protective equipment
  • Subtopic: Routine and weekly cleaning of the ward
  • Subtopic:  Waste management and disposal
  • Subtopic: Isolation of infectious patients
  • Subtopic: Causes of infection
  • Subtopic: Medical Waste disposal and management
  • Subtopic: Cleaning methods
  • Subtopic: Carry out adequate feeding of patients 
  • Subtopic: Perform bladder and bowel care
  • Subtopic: Passing a flatus tube
  • Subtopic: Administration of enema
  • Subtopic: Ward Report 
  • Subtopic: Lifting/positioning a patient 
  • Subtopic: Tepid sponging
  • Subtopic: General principles in patient care
  • Subtopic: Ethics in nursing care
  • Subtopic: Principles of Infection prevention and control
  • Subtopic: Body mechanics
  • Subtopic: Bed making
  • Subtopic: Vital observations
  • Subtopic: Bed bath
  • Subtopic: Oral care/mouth care
  • Subtopic: Care and treatment of pressure
Computer (to be assessed at school
  • Introduction to computer and computing
  • Introduction to Microsoft computer packages
  • Introduction to internet use
  • Maintenance of the computers and their components

Paper 3: Personal and Communal health & Microbiology

  •  Concepts of Microbiology
  •  Classification and types of Microorganisms
  •  Pathogenic microorganisms
  •  Normal flora
  •  Characteristics and mode of spread of
    disease causing Microorganisms
  •  Pathological effects of microorganisms
  •  Simple laboratory tests
  •  Infection prevention and control
  •  Introduction to Immunity
  •  Antibodies
  •  Principles of immunization
Introduction to personal and communal health
  • Concepts of personal and communal
  • Determinants of Health
  • Dimensions of Health
Personal Hygiene
  • Introduction to personal hygiene
  • Cleanliness of skin and its appendages
  • Cleanliness of the inside of the body
  • Special groups in personal hygiene
  • Clothing and foot wear
Concepts in communicable diseases
  • Disease causation and prevention
  • Disease transmission cycle
  • Levels of disease prevention
  • Introduction to environmental hygiene/sanitation
  • Housing
  • Ventilation heating and lighting
  • Safe water supply
  • Food hygiene
  • Sanitation

114: Practicals


Paper 1: Anatomy & Physiology 2

Anatomy and physiology 2
  • The Respiratory system
  • The Urinary System
  • The Endocrine system
  • The Nervous system
  • Organs of Special Senses
  • The Reproductive system

Paper 2: Foundations of Nursing 2, Sociology and psychology

Foundations of Nursing 2
Sociology and psychology
  •  Definitions of terms used in Sociology
  •  Human groups and their effects on man
  •  Culture, beliefs and practices in relation to
  •  socio-cultural factors influencing the
    behaviour of an individual
  •  Socialization
  •  Social aspects of diseases
  •  Social aspects of hospitalization
  •  Urbanization and delivery of health
  •  Nurse-patient relationship
  •  Concepts of Psychology
  •  Psychological Development
  •  Personality
  •  Psychological aspects in nursing care of patients
  •  Mental Defense Mechanisms
  •  Stress and Stressors
  •  Emotions

Paper 3: Primary health care

Topic: Introduction to Primary health care
Subtopic: Concepts of Primary Health Care
Subtopic: Principles, Pillars and components/
elements of Primary Health Care
Subtopic: Introduction to community based health
Subtopic: Community participation
Subtopic: Community organization
Subtopic: Community Mobilization
Subtopic: Community empowerment
Subtopic: Community entry
Subtopic: Carry out community survey and
Subtopic: Carry out Home visiting
Subtopic: Conduct community feedback meetings

124: Practicals


Paper 1: Medical Nursing (I) and Pharmacology (I)

Introduction to Medical Nursing
  •  Terms used in Medical Nursing
  • General causes of disease in the human body
  •  Levels of disease prevention
  •  General principles of managing disease
  • Conditions of the circulatory system
  •  General signs and symptoms of
Cardiovascular disorders
  •  Inflammatory disorders of the Heart and Blood Vessels
  •  Congestive Cardiac Failure
  •  Rheumatic Heart Disease
  •  Arteriosclerosis
  •  Embolism
  •  Hypertension
Hematologic disorders
  •  Anaemia
  •  Leukemia
  •  Coagulation disorders
Conditions of the respiratory system
  •  Common cold
  •  Sinusitis
  •  Tonsillitis
  •  Influenza
  •  Pharyngitis
  •  Laryngitis
  •  Otitis Media
  •  Pneumonia
  •  Bronchitis
  •  Tuberculosis
  •  Asthma
  •  Emphysema
Introduction to Pharmacology
  •  Terms used in Pharmacology
  •  Sources and preparation of Medicines
  •  Concepts of Essential
  • Drugs and Rational Medicine use.
  •  Classification of Medicines & Schedule of controlled substances
  •  Pharmacokinetics &

Paper 2: Surgical Nursing (I) and Gynecological Nursing

Surgical Nursing (I)

 Specific surgical infections

  • Anthrax
  •  Tetanus
  •  Gangrene
  •  Common surgical conditions
  •  Surgical Shock
  •  Burns
  •  Haemorrhage
  •  Blood Transfusion
  •  Fluids and Electrolyte Imbalance
  •  Tumors
  •  Fractures
  •  Wounds
Gynaecologic Nursing
  •  Menstruation disorders
  • Abortion
  •  Ectopic Pregnancy
  •  Cervical erosion, trauma and polyps
  •  Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases
  •  Infertility
  • Vesico-Vaginal Fistula(VVF) and Recto-Vaginal fistula (RVF)
  • Cancers of Reproductive Health Organs(Breast, Cervix, Uterus, and Ovaries)

Paper 3: Pediatric nursing (I) and Palliative care

Pediatric Nursing (I)
  •  Characteristic features of a normal infant and child
  •  Care of the new born
  •  Child growth and development
  •  Breastfeeding and its effects on child growth and development
  •  Child health and nutrition
  •  Methods in determining the nutritional status of children
  •  Malnutrition in children
Palliative Care

224: Practicals


Paper 1: Medical Nursing (ll) and Pharmacology (ll)

Conditions of the digestive system
  •  Stomatitis
  •  Gastritis
  •  Peptic Ulcer Disease
  •  Jaundice
  •  Hepatitis
  •  Liver Cirrhosis
  •  Cholecystitis

Medical conditions of the urinary system
  • Urethritis
  •  Cystitis
  •  Pyelonephitis
  •  Glomerulonephritis
  •  Nephrotic syndrome
  •  Renal failure
Medical conditions of the Central Nervous
  • General signs and symptoms of the nervous
    system disorders
  •  Meningitis
  •  Encephalitis
  • Cerebral vascular accidents (Stroke)
  •  Unconsciousness (Coma)
  •  Poliomyelitis
Medical conditions of the Endocrine system
  •  Diabetes Mellitus
  •  Thyrotoxicosis

Pharmacology II

Specific antimicrobial agents
  •  Antibiotics
  •  Quinolones
  •  Anti-Tuberculous agents
  •  Anti-Helminths
  •  ARVs
  •  Antifungal agents
Medicines acting on specific body system
  •  Cardiovascular
  •  Gastro intestinal
  •  Respiratory system
  •  Urinary system
  •  Medicines acting on specific organs, eye,
    ears, nose, throat
  •  Dermatological medicines
  •  Hematological medicines
  •  Endocrine system medicines
  •  Central Nervous System medicines
Therapeutic agents
  •  Anti-neoplastic agents
  •  Analgesics

Paper 2: Surgical Nursing (ll) and Paediatric nursing(Il)

Surgical Nursing (ll)
  •  Surgical conditions of the head
  •  Head Injury
  •  Surgical conditions of the neck
  •  Goitre
  • Thyrotoxicosis/thyroidectomy
  •  Tonsillitis-Tonsillectomy
  •  Surgical conditions of the chest
  •  Trauma of the chest
  •  Lung abscess
  •  Pleural effusion
  •  Infection of the breast
  •  Breast cancer
    Surgical conditions of the abdomen
  •  Acute Abdomen
  •  Ruptured Spleen
  •  Ano-rectal Surgical conditions
  •  Perineal absess
  •  Anal Fistula and Anal Fissure
  •  Rectal prolapse
    Surgical conditions of the genital urinary
  •  Enlargement of Prostate Gland
  •  Urethral Strictures
  •  Genital urinary Trauma
  •  Common health problems during
  •  Nature and causes of diseases
  •  Diseases of the respiratory system
  •  Conditions of the gastro-intestinal tract
  •  Diseases and conditions of cardiovascular
  •  Diseases/illness of Central Nervous
  •  Diseases and conditions of genito-urinary
  •  Endemic and epidemic diseases
  •  Tumors in children
  •  Conditions of the eyes and ears in children
  •  HIV/AIDS in children
  •  Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses
  •  Surgical conditions in children
  •  Congenital malformations in children
  • Fractures
  • Burns
  • Surgical conditions of the gastro-intestinal tract
  • Children involved in accidents
  • Provide first aid management of various accidents in children
  • Admit children involved in accidents
  • Educate mothers on prevention of accidents

Paper 3: Mental health nursing and Occupational health

Mental health nursing
Occupational health

224: Practicals


Paper 1: Tropical Medicine and surgical nursing lll

Tropical Diseases/communicable diseases
Surgical nursing lll
Ear, nose and throat (ENT) conditions
Eye conditions

Paper 2: Reproductive health, Guidance and Counseling

Reproductive Health
  •  Pillars of safe motherhood
  •  Methods of family planning
  •  Management of STI’s/HIV/AIDS
  •  Adolescent health and development
  •  Adolescent and reproductive health
  •  Adolescent friendly health services
  •  Post abortion care
  •  Signs and symptoms of pregnancy
  •  Signs and symptoms of labor
  •  Management of 2rd stage of labor
  •  Management of 3rd stage of labor
  •  Care of a baby’s cord
  •  Health education of mothers
  •  Referral system for mothers
  •  Signs and symptoms of 3rd stage of labor
  • Management of 3rd stage of labor
  •  Examination of placenta
  • Health education of mothers
  •  Referral system
  • Identification of mothers at risk and
    their referral
Guidance and Counseling
  •  Introduction to Guidance and Counselling
  •  Counselling procedure and Techniques
  •  Communication in guidance and counseling
  •  Group counseling
  •  Ethical codes in counselling

313: Health Service Management and Entrepreneurship

Health Service Management
  •  Commonly used concepts used in Health Service Management
  •  Uganda Health Sector
  •  Leadership in Healthcare delivery
  •  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  •  Management roles in a health facility
  •  Motivation
  •  Delegation
  •  Conflict resolution
  •  Team Building
  •  Decision-making and critical thinking
  •  Communication in health care
  •  Customer care
  •  Public relations in health service delivery
  •  Management of health facility resources
  •  Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  •  Entrepreneurship skills
  •  Setting up a Business
  •  Business opportunities
  •  Types of business enterprises
  •  Business competition
  •  Marketing Health Services
  •  Business sustainability and growth
  •  Monitoring and evaluating a

314: Practicals

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