The Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) started Proficiency certificate level (PCL) in nursing programme in 1999 AD (2056 BS). However, to provide vertical and horizontal access to PCL nursing graduates, with kind permission of Tribhuvan University (TU), Institute of Medicine (IOM), CTEVT started using the TU, IOM curriculum for PCL nursing. With the changing health needs as well as Nepal government’s health policy, CTEVT took action to respond to these needs; as result CTEVT has developed a curriculum for PCL nursing in 2013. PCL nursing is one of the prominent and popular disciplines within the Nursing profession. The nursing profession has been helping the world for the all-round development of health and it has also been creating salary base employment and self employment opportunities in public and private sectors. This curriculum is designed with the purpose of producing middle level technical nursing workforce equipped with knowledge and skills related to the field of nursing so as to meet the demand of such workforce in the country to contribute in the national economic development of Nepal. The knowledge and skills incorporated in this curriculum will be helpful to deliver the individual needs as well as national needs in the field of Nursing Profession.
Nepal Government has adopted a national policy for the attainment of “Health for All beyond the Year 2000 A.D” through the use of the primary health care approach. As a result CTEVT got the mandate to produce middle level trained workforce through CTEVT as well as CTEVT affiliated institutions.
During the process of curriculum development the Nepal Government has endorsed the concept of gerontology care, because the PCL nursing graduates are prominent service providers; the Department of Health has suggested incorporating this new emerging health issues in the curriculum. Likewise the psychiatric nursing theory and clinical hours has increased, similarly a new subject called Basic Science Applied to Nursing has been added that consists of Biochemistry (Microbiology, Parasitology & Virology) and Pharmacology. Some portions of oncology nursing is also has been added in the curriculum. The course is conducted both in theoretical and practical sessions.
This course is based on the job performance requirement of the Staff Nurse at different levels of health care system of Nepal. Therefore, this curriculum is designed to develop knowledge, skills, and attitude among graduates to perform nursing professional practice. In total three years; the first year course is focused on basic nursing care in hospital and in the community: foundational nursing practices; the second year course is focused on preventive, promotive as well as therapeutic nursing care of sick adult and elderly individual as well as mentally ill individual. Similarly, the third year course comprise of the pediatric, midwifery and gynecology as well as leadership and management.
Proficiency Certificate Level in Nursing (PCL Nursing)
The program aims to produce a middle level nursing work force who is independent and competent to assume the responsibility to carry out the function of preventive, primitive, curative, rehabilitative and holistic care of an individual/group at hospital and in community settings.
Upon completion of the program the graduate will be able to:
• Utilize a sound knowledge base in giving care to well and sick individuals, families and communities.
• Implement preventive and therapeutic measures directed toward promotion, maintenance and restoration of health.
• Utilize communication skills effectively while communicating with individuals and groups in a variety of settings.
• Apply the nursing process in providing and improving health care.
• Assume leadership role for planning and improving health care.
• Guide and supervise individuals, families and groups including health care workers.
• Collaborate with multi-sectorial groups to develop a healthful environment, including safe drinking water, environmental sanitation and other comprehensive approaches in the community.
• Mobilize the community people to participate in the activities of the village health post.
• Demonstrate a positive attitude and respect for cultural values and health practices in working to meet needs and solve problems.
• Continue to seek new knowledge for personal and professional growth.
• Seek new knowledge and skill continuously for personal and professional growth.
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