Midwifery

Catherine McAuley Nursing School

Higher Diploma 1 year Fulltime Fee: on application

Overview

Midwives provide care of women across the lifespan, including during pregnancy and the postpartum period, and well-woman care and birth control.

This higher diploma program in midwifery nursing offered at the Catherine McAuley Nursing School aims at imparting the skills required to operate as a midwife nurse in Kenya.

Midwifery education is based on a theoretical foundation in the health sciences as well as clinical preparation, which focuses on knowledge, judgment, and skills, and that incorporates appropriate medical consultation, collaborative management or referral.

Objectives

This Midwifery program offered at the Catherine McAuley Nursing School provides an education with a sound foundation in health science theory and clinical preparation in primary health care for women and newborns.

The program objectives focus on the following components of midwifery care: professional responsibilities, midwifery management process, primary health care, the childbearing family–including pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum period, care of the newborn–and the family planning and gynecologic needs of women. The program strives to foster critical thinking in the students and cultural sensitivity and awareness in all aspects of the curriculum.

Graduates of this midwifery program will be able to:

  1. Manage the care of essentially uncomplicated women from menarche throughout the life cycle and newborns using the midwifery management process:
    1. Collect systematically all pertinent data for complete assessment of the individual.
    2. Make an accurate decision as to the normalcy of findings and identify existing or potential problems (emergencies) based on correct interpretation of the data.
    3. Identify and assume the appropriate role in the planning and provision of care, including collaboration with other health team members.
    4. Develop a comprehensive plan of action based on the decisions made and supported by valid rationale.
    5. Implement and/or direct implementation of the plan of action safely and efficiently.
    6. Evaluate the effectiveness and completeness of the care given.
  2. Recognize and utilize the concepts of research as applied to midwifery.
  3. Develop strategies by which midwives can affect the delivery of health care services through knowledge of the functioning of health care systems.
  4. Utilize knowledge of historical and current professional issues to develop role identity and contribute to the growth of the profession of midwifery.

Entry requirements

  • Kenya Registered Nurse (KRN) Diploma,
  • Bachelor of Science Nursing (BScN)

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Entry requirements

  • Kenya Registered Nurse (KRN) Diploma,
  • Bachelor of Science Nursing (BScN)

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