Welcome to the Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree at the Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Open University of Sri Lanka.....
Nursing is based on the concepts of moral agency, effective communication including technology, inquiry, and service to the community. The goals of nursing are to provide safe patient/client centered holistic/multi-dimensional care to assist humanity in collaboration with other disciplines in disease prevention, health promotion, health maintenance and restoration, and the support of death with dignity. Nursing emphasizes a spirit of caring, interpersonal communication, critical thinking, clinical reasoning and patient-centered care to contribute to the health of the individual and society.
This post RN degree programme commenced in July 1994 and is being offered to registered nurses at the request of the Ministry of Health. It is presented through the distance mode as many similar degrees offered in countries such as Canada, USA, UK, Australia & India. This programme was initiated with academic assistance provided by The Athabasca University and funded by The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for a period of five years (1992 - 1997).
This programme prepares a nurse who is a "generalist" to provide quality care in every aspect of nursing practice with advanced knowledge and skills. The graduate will:
The first 2 years of the (otherwise 4 academic years) degree programme at Levels 3 and 4 are exempted for registered nurses, who are required to pursue only the final 2 years of the programme at Levels 5 and 6. The academic value of the courses (other than Continuing Education courses in English) for each of these years will be two credits.
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