PhD in Nursing

School of Nursing mounts PhD in Nursing

Preamble
The Senate has approved the mounting of a PhD in Nursing (Research and thesis only ) under the School of Nursing. The programme is designed to prepare an advanced nurse specialist who will have nursing professional competence, to conduct health related research, participate in developing and implementing health policies and offer leadership at higher management level in government and non- government organizations to ensure quality care to individuals, families and the community.
The programme is in line with the JKUAT vision, “to be a University of Global excellence in Training, Research and Innovation for Development” by enhancing the innovative and research skills of the nurse specialists.  The aim will be to enable the learners be competent researchers capable of working in clinical, academic and research settings and to empower them to embrace evidence based nursing practice. The Programme has also been benchmarked with other similar programmes offered by other recognized Universities locally and internationally.

Rationale 
Nursing education and practice has continued to advance, from general nursing to different areas of specialization. Further, modern technological innovations and advances in health care have necessitated advanced knowledge and skills among nurses. To achieve highest standards of health care in Kenya, which is in line with Vision 2030, there is need of training advanced nurse specialists with a strong health research base.  The advanced nurse specialists will also be able to:
i.    Develop, design and implement health research projects.
ii.    Mentor and supervise students undertaking Nursing training and Research at various levels.
iii.    Provide leadership at higher management level in institutions of higher learning and health care institutions.
iv.    Contribute to development and implementation of nursing training curricula that reflect global and current nursing practice.
v.    Contribute to development and implementation of health related policies that reflect global and current nursing practice.

Target Group
The target group will be holders of Msc in relevant fields related to nursing working in training institutions, government and non government organizations, health care facilities and research institutions. They must posses a basic degree in Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The applicants must be registered with the nursing council of Kenya (NCK) and should have a valid practicing NCK license.
Applications are already being received.