Welcome to the Department of Nursing Sciences

Ms. Catherine Sihlongonyane, Head of Nursing Science Department

Ms. Catherine Sihlongonyane, Head of Nursing Science Department

 The Department of Nursing Science, established in 1928 under the Nazarene College of Nursing. The department was the first to offer Nursing Education in Swaziland under the leadership of Dr David Hynd.

Since inception, the department has led the delivery of quality nursing education, which has seen Southern Africa Nazarene University Nurses being highly demanded by employers in Swaziland, the region and internationally.

The Department of Nursing Science offers modules up to level four of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Midwifery. Two programs supported the Bachelor of Science in Nursing initially, Diploma in General Nursing and Diploma in Midwifery Nursing Science, now the Diploma in General Nursing has since been phased out..

The BSNM programme is distinct from the other diploma programmes in that it has a stronger component of HIV/AIDS, Nursing Research, Palliative care, and the Adolescent sexual and Reproductive health.

Nursing and Midwifery services are one of the main pillars of health delivery system in our country thus upgrading is a must.

Clinical Placement:

Initially students are assigned to wellness arrears i. e. Preschools, Primary schools and Malls where they familiarize themselves with well persons before they are introduced to the sick and critical individuals in acute care settings. In the second year of training they are introduced to community settings where they study individuals, families and communities. While at this level the students are also introduced to a critical care setting. In the third year, they are introduced to specialty areas, i.e. Operating room, Mental and psychiatry experience and advanced community health, where they can diagnose a community. In the last year of training, they concentrate on Midwifery practice and carry out a Research project. Clinical sites include urban, rural, clinics/ Health centres and hospitals.

Registration for entry into practice:

Following the four years of training, graduates have to register with the Swaziland Nursing Council (SNC) which is a regulatory body that regulates nursing and controls nursing as a profession in the country. It is envisaged that in three years time (2019), these graduates will be required to sit for an SNC examination that will determine their entry into practice. In addition to this registration, the products of the BSNM programme are expected to be members of the Swaziland Nursing Association (SNA), which is a professional body taking care of their professional and social life.

Programmes offered by the Department:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing & Midwifery (BSNM), four year duration; it is a baccalaureate program
  • Diploma in Midwifery, of 1 year duration; post basic to Diploma in General Nursing