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Community Health Nursing

About the Department / Program
The Department of Community Health Nursing is one among the six departments of Faculty of Nursing, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research. The department actively participates in training, service, and research in the field of community health nursing. The field training is imparted in both rural and urban areas. The rural community health training is given at Government Primary Health Centre, Mugalivakkam (Kanchipuram District), Nemam Primary Health Centre and Rural Health and Training centre of SRMC & RI Vayallanallur under Thiruvallur district and its field practice areas include 39 villages. The RHTC provides preventive, curative, rehabilitative and referral services to the residents of 39 villages The urban health experience is provided under the umbrella of Urban Health and Training centre of SRMC & RI at Thiruvanmiyur. The department actively participates in all national health programmes implemented by Government of India and State government. The department laboratory with a floor area of 650.52 sq.ft, has an excellent infrastructure to aid teaching and learning activities.

 “To offer diverse learning experience that facilitates the development of competent community health nurse and valuable citizens, who demonstrate excellence in community service, family & individual care, education and research”. 

Provides preventive, curative, rehabilitative and referral services. The students are trained on core competencies for clinical care (WHO, 2010) in the community health .The core competencies for clinical care range from health assessment, disease management, case finding, case management, observation and treatment according to delegated responsibility, etc. 
Regular surveys / enumeration are carried out for planning and implementation of health programmes.
Screening of communicable and non communicable diseases, such as DM, HT, stroke and Cardiovascular diseases, cancer cervix , TB, Filaria, dengue fever and HIV & AIDS. Regular home visits are made by community health nursing students under the supervision of the department faculty members.

Students perform physical assessment of different age groups including antenatal and postnatal assessment, nutritional assessment, socioeconomic and environment assessment and identify the health needs and problems of the family.
Apply nursing process in the family which includes assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation steps. It also includes promoting health behavior including food and nutrition, physical exercise, counseling, self-care, treating of minor illnesses, complementary therapies etc.

Surveillance and referrals/follow up for acute and critical illnesses

Empowering and capacity building of community agencies/ organizations, groups and networks to encourage collaborative community initiatives on healthy physical environment and sanitation, food safety, healthy workplaces, road safety, and nurturing social relations and activities among people in the community.

On regular basis, the department conducts school health programme for both private and government schools. The package includes school health examination, referral and health education programme.

In collaboration with other departments of SRU, the department conducts free medical camps in the schools and community.

Conduct need based individual, group and mass health education program regularly in the family, community, health centre, and schools.
Nursing students actively participate in all national health programmes, most importantly in Maternal and Child Health, Immunization Programme, Filaria, Malaria, TB, Leprosy and HIV/AIDS programmes in collaboration with government and public health sector.

Participate actively during epidemics.