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Department of Community Health Nursing

The Department functions with the objective “Reach the unreached” and believe that every patient coming to a health care institution belongs to a family and hence considers holistic care are of utmost importance. Extensive practical experiences are provided to the students in rural and urban community through home visit, field visits and awareness programs. The department is supported with health personnel from government PHC, proactive community leaders and well qualified and experienced nursing faculty. The students also get the opportunity to work at different satellite clinics run by KSHEMA. The departmental faculty aims at having interdisciplinary multi centric projects to enable them to address the unmet needs of the community people.

Services

The department provides unique opportunity for the students to explore the lifestyle practices of local culture, behavior of the rural areas of Dakshina Kannada. Faculty and the students conduct regular home visits to find the health problems and needs of people living in Natekal PHC and Kadri urban centre. The students create awareness among individual and family regarding various health conditions through demonstration, puppet show and role play. The department organizes activities to sensitize the students regarding the nutritional problems among the public and conducts nutrition demonstration program. Various programs had been successfully carried out till date such as health camps and referral services, in-service training programs for the community workers, health appraisal of preschoolers and school children. Organizing health programs, walkathon, observation of world health days and participation in national health programs also the key activity of the department. Health assessment, screening and education of tribal students regarding personal hygiene were also remarkable activity of the department. Following services were provided by the department to the needy and poor people in the rural area.

Extension Activities

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

Mass Health Education

3

3

4

2

2

Nutrition Program

4

4

3

2

1

School Health Program

8

2

1

1

1

National Health Program

2

2

2

1

1

Conducting in-service education

2

1

1

1

2

Lab Facilities

Department has a well equipped lab with computer access. All necessary equipment to meet the service needs in the rural and urban communities is available in the department & has got educational models which ease the students in teaching learning activities.

Clinical Facilities

The students are given the best clinical exposure at rural and urban community under Primary Health Centre -Natekal, Urban Health Centre -Kadri, Mangalore. The students are posted under the anganwadi and sub-centers under the Natekal PHC.

Research Thrust Areas

The faculties of the department are actively involved in the research activities. The major focuses of the research area are problems of vulnerable populations of the community such as geriatrics, children, reproductive and post reproductive women. The faculties have received university grants to conduct these projects. Moreover, 29 research articles are published in national and international journals by the faculty during last five years.

Completed Faculty Research Projects (2020-21):
  1. Effectiveness of dialysis compliance module on Quality of Life (QOL) and biochemical parameter among chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients
Completed Undergraduate Research Projects (2020-21):
  1. Opinion regarding online and traditional classes among students
  2. Selfitis Behavior among the nursing Students
  3. Challenges faced by nurses during COVID -19 Pandemic
  4. Effectiveness of patient education module on patient reported experience measure
  5. Learning need assessment of patients admitted at a selected tertiary care hospital with a view to develop patient education module
Ongoing Faculty Research Projects (2020-21):
  1. Effect of interaction with children on well-being among the elderly
Ongoing Under Graduate Research Projects (2020-21):
  1. Comparative study to assess the Quality of life of patient with radiation and chemotherapy
  2. Relationship Between Health Problems and Coping Strategies Adopted Among the post COVID-19 patients in Mangalore
  3. Knowledge of care givers & challenges faced on care of elderly
  4. Problems faced and coping strategies used by the patients with chronic illnesses during COVID 19 Pandemic
  5. Knowledge and health seeking practices of mothers about neonatal danger signs attending primary health center Natekal in Mangalore
Publications:
  1. Thomas T, Kamath N, Kumar A, D’Silva F. Effect of Mind-Body Approaches on Menopausal Symptoms among Women: A Community-Based Pilot Study. Journal of Health and Allied Sciences NU. 2021 May; 11(02):061-5.
  2. Jose A, Nayak S, Kamath N, Nalini M. The Mystery behind Relaxation Therapy: Adieu to Premenstrual Syndrome. Journal of Health and Allied Sciences NU. 2021 May 14.
  3. Shetty S, Kamath N, Nalini M. Academic Stress and Study Habits of Health Science University Students. Journal of Health and Allied Sciences NU. 2021 May 29.
  4. Thomas T, Kamath N, Kumar A, D' Silva F, Shetty PK. Prevalence and Severity of Menopausal Symptoms among Women – A Community-Based Cross-Sectional Study. Online J Health Allied Scs. 2021; 20(1):2.
  5. Suchithra B S Mitigating Symptoms and enhancing Quality of life among women with Stress Urinary Incontinence” Indian Journal of Community Medicine; 2021:46(3):568-69.
  6. Kannappan SR, Veigas J. Perceived Stress and Resilience among Nurses Working in a Selected Hospital at Mangalore. Journal of Health and Allied Sciences NU. 2021 Nov 15.
  7. Sarita T. F Dsilva F Effectiveness of a Planned Teaching Program on the Knowledge of Staff Nurses with Regard to the nutritional requirements of patients with Chronic Kidney Disease .Health Allied Sci NU 2021;00:1–5.
Paper presentation:
  1. Paper on -Risk factors of urogenital problem among Perimenopausal women –National level webinar held at Masood college of Nursing on 22 nd and 23 rd March 2021: Ms. Suchithra B S.
  2. Poster on – Challenges faced by nurses during covid -19 Pandemic – NRSI –24th National e- conference held in Yenapoya Nursing college on 26 th and 27 th November 2021.- Ms. Suchithra B S.
  3. Dr. Neetha Kamath was the Resource person- Universal health coverage during COVID pandemic at Sikkim Manipal College of nursing on June 29th 2021.
  4. Effectiveness of Information Module on Patient Reported Experience Measures in International Conference on Advances in Health Economics and Outcomes Research organized by ISPOR Nitte, Dept. of Pharmacy Practice, NGSM Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Mangaluru, on 21 and 22 October 2021.- Dr Jacintha Veigas
Achievement:
  • Ms Suchithra B S, Secured III prize in a poster making competition on the theme; Access to diabetes care held on World Diabetes day on 20 th November 2021at Father Muller College of Nursing.
  • Dr Jacintha Veigas, received Best Oral Presentation Award -Effectiveness of Information Module on Patient Reported Experience Measures in International Conference on Advances in Health Economics and Outcomes Research organized by ISPOR Nitte, Dept. of Pharmacy Practice, NGSM Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Mangaluru, on 21 and 22 October 2021.
  • Dr Jacintha Veigas, and Dr Neetha Kamath, received Distinguished Alumni Award from alumni association, Father Muller College of nursing, Mangalore on March 2021.