The School of Nursing & Health Sciences offers training in Nursing and Health Systems Management. The Bsc Nursing training aims at producing Nurses who will be of great value serving as clinical nurses, Nurse Managers, researchers, and Nurse Educators. The Bsc Health Systems management program is designed to produce Healthcare Managers with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes that will facilitate their professional practice in Healthcare leadership and management, health research and community health services.
The School has established partnerships with Hospitals in training the students. These Hospitals include Karatina Hospital, Nyeri County referral Hospital, Murangá County referral Hospital and Mathare Hospital. The School has Laboratories to ensure the best training of Nursing students. They include the Nursing skills laboratory, Gross anatomy laboratory, Histology laboratory and Physiology Laboratory. The Nursing skills laboratory enables the Nursing students apply theoretical concepts that they have learned into practice. The lab has got high tech manikins used in clinical simulation.
It also has hospital beds, nebulizers, drugs, needles, catheters, syringes, I.V fluids, I.V fluid giving sets, bandages, glucometers, Health assessment tutor( used in health assessment training), Nutrition section and a waste segregation section, all providing a hospital based scenario to train the students. The Human Anatomy lab consists of The Gross anatomy lab and the Histology lab. The Gross anatomy lab is equipped with cadavers, Real Human skeletons, X ray viewing boxes, dissecting kit, dissecting tables and dissecting instruments. The Histology lab has digital microscopes, Automatic tissue processor, microtomes, Top table centrifuge all used in tissue processing. Students acquire knowledge by viewing different tissue cells images using microscopes.
The health – care industry has continued to change dramatically over the past few years, transforming the roles of nurses and escalating the opportunities for those who graduate from Nursing School.
The current shortage of nurses is caused by an increasing number of hospitalized patients who are older and more acutely ill, a growing population with multiple chronic health problems, expanded opportunities in home care, occupational health, surgical centres and other primary – care settings.
The increasing scope of nursing opportunities will grow immensely as nurses become the frontline providers of health care. Nurses will play a major role in educating the public and addressing the social and economic factors that impact quality of care.
The School of Nursing at Karatina University will play a great role in ensuring that the Government of Kenya achieves the Vision 2030 intent. The Kenya’s Vision 2030 is anchored on three key pillars: Economic, Social and Political.
The Social pillar aims at a just and cohesive society enjoying equitable social development in a clean and secure environment through: