Department of Nursing Sciences

Nursing professionals constitute the largest percentage of health care providers in Kenya. They offer a variety of services at all levels of health care facilities from households to sophisticated urban hospitals. The services range from preventive, promotive to curative. Surprisingly, Approximately 80% of healthcare services are provided by nurses at competitive cost compared with other health-care cadres. Policy makers in Kenya have recognized the key role of nurses in the provision of health-care and the need to produce a critical mass of well trained nurses.
South Eastern Kenya University’s (SEKU) Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a response to the health sector reform. In Kenya, health-care budgets are stretched to the limit. Consequently the quality of patient care and nursing management has suffered due to the limitation of the number of nurses deployed in the national and county government health facilities. Educating nurses at bachelor degree level will strengthen both county and national health sector and contribute to an overall improvement of the health status of the populations. Moreover, SEKU graduate will be an all round nurse who is competent to take up research, teaching & learning as well as leadership roles in both community, learning institutions, programs and clinical areas.
SEKU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing programmes will combine theory, clinical and research as well as elective placements to allow the graduates navigate areas of interests. The Department of Nursing will involve communities, with students offering service by attending community diagnosis and participating in volunteer programmes. Our program offers a unique opportunities for students from all counties of Kenya to obtain high qualification in the nursing profession in order to improve the state of health in their own communities.

Philosophy Department of Nursing

The Department of Nursing believes that research, education and service are the foundation for professional nursing practice through which the practitioners recognize and address the health care needs of the global society. The philosophy is anchored on the belief that nursing education should prepare students to function safely and effectively as they deliver the mandate of the profession. The department believe that nursing education should provide students with an opportunity to progress within a laddered curriculum in order to enhance the profession of nursing and to serve as a foundation for life-long learning. The Department acknowledges that nurses should be prepared to provide ethical, holistic and compassionate care to diverse populations in a variety of settings.
The department also believes in respect for the right of individual to information, and freedom of choice to healthcare and that the nurse should help the individual to achieve homeostasis using scientific knowledge, skills of critical thinking problem solving approach and evidence-based practice.

Vision of Department of Nursing

To be an international role model of excellence in nursing education, training and research.

Mission of Department of Nursing

To cultivate a learning environment that develops a skill set for critical thinking and to educate students in the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to provide safe and competent nursing care.

Core Values of Department of Nursing

The Department of Nursing upholds the following core values:

  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Accountability
  • Freedom of thought
  • Excellence

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