Jimma University Department of Nursing and Midwifery Background
The School of Nursing Jimma University was established in March 1983 with an enrolment of students for Diploma in Comprehensive Nursing training program. It was the first School in the country that launched Post-Basic BSc. Nursing Program in 1994. At present, the nursing department is running Generic BSc Nursing, Generic BSc Midwifery, MSc Adult Health Nursing and MSc Maternity Nursing programs whereby continued its contribution in addressing the human resource development need of the country.
As nursing is a practice-oriented profession students become competent through team training, and hospital based practice in different settings by ongoing integration of theory and practice followed by an internship or professional practice.
Jimma University Department of Nursing generally believes that the nurse prepared at the baccalaureates level is a generalist who functions as a practitioner, scholar, and leader. By functioning autonomously, the nurse implements the nursing process for individuals, families, groups and communities throughout the life cycle.
In the same line, the rapidly changing health care system, society’s expectation and orientation to health, technological advances, knowledge explosion, scientific discoveries and trends towards community, clinical, home and self-care requires nurses to possess increased knowledge, competence, greater independence and autonomy in professional judgments. In addition, the presence of supportive policy in Ethiopia for the development and expansion of graduate studies entails the demand for graduate studies in nursing.