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Community-based curriculum in psychiatric nursing science

S Arunachallam, AC Botes, A Gmeiner
Curationis | Vol 23, No 2 | a628 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v23i2.628 | © 2000 S Arunachallam, AC Botes, A Gmeiner | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 September 2000 | Published: 27 September 2000

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S Arunachallam, Post-graduate student department of nursing science rand afrikaans University, South Africa
AC Botes, Department of nursing science rand Afrikaans University, South Africa
A Gmeiner, Department of nursing science rand Afrikaans University, South Africa

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Abstract

As community-based health care delivery is now a prominent feature of the health care system in South Africa, nursing curricula are being challenged to prepare student nurses for community based nursing roles and responsibilities. The purpose of this study was to describe guidelines for a community-based curriculum in psychiatric nursing science for a nursing college in KwaZulu-Natal. A qualitative, quantitative, exploratory, descriptive and contextual design was employed. To reach the purpose of the study, a situational analysis was done in three phases to identify the principles for a community-based curriculum for psychiatric nursing science. Phase I: A document analysis of relevant government policies and legislation. Phase II: Statistics from psychiatric hospitals and community psychiatric clinics. Phase III: Focus group interviews with nurse educators and literature control and conceptual framework The principles obtained from the three phases were used to formulate the guidelines for a community-based curriculum in psychiatric nursing science (Phase IV). Eight guidelines with practical implications are described for the implementation of a Community-based curriculum in Psychiatric Nursing Science.

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