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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 (2019-20):