The Department of Clinical Nursing is the largest department in the School of Nursing. The Department is currently headed by Dr. Lilian T. Mselle (PhD) who is the overall in charge of all academic and administrative matters in the department. The Department offers undergraduate and postgraduate clinical nursing courses namely: principles of nursing, medical and surgical nursing, critical care and trauma nursing, pediatric nursing, basic critical care, midwifery, maternal and child health, and mental health nursing.
The Department has seven full time Faculty and two honorary lecturers, actively engaged in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students. They also serve as mentors and students’ advisors. The faculty works with nine clinical preceptors who assist students to achieve professional competencies in real patients’ care setting.
There are two full-time MSc degree programs offered by the department: Masters of Science in critical care and trauma and Masters of Science in mental health nursing. The department receives postgraduate students from Malawi, Uganda and Ethiopia. Students work closely with their supervisors in carrying out their research projects, and also take part in Journal club presentations and graduate students research progress forums.
The Department collaborates with other institutions from outside the country. It receives exchange nursing students from Bergen University in Norway, and Umea and Upsalla Universities in Sweden. Postgraduate students in the department go to Aga Khan University Hospital, in Nairobi and Mzuzu Hospital in Malawi for clinical exposure, to acquire advanced skills and competencies in caring patients in their respective specialties.
The Department is involved in clinical nursing research projects that focus on six research themes; maternal and child health, health system, adult clinical nursing, oncology nursing, mental health and nursing ethics.