The main objectives of the study were: (1) To identify physical facilities available in GNM training Schools, and compare with INC criteria. (2) To identify curriculum implementation process and relevance of teaching learning activities selected and organized by schools in terms of community health oriented education according to INC. (3) To study students’ attitudes towards community health oriented nursing practice and training.
The Purposive Sample was selected. The sample consisted of 16 principals, 46 teachers / PHNs of community health nursing, 185 third year students and 20 PHC staff of 16 Nursing schools of Gujarat.
The tools used were: “Structured Observational check list for physical facilities" available at GNM schools; Structured questionnaire for the principals; Structured opinionnaire for the field staff; Task performance rating scale for the students; Task performance rating scale for the students and Attitude scale for students.
The survey method was employed for the study.
The data were analyzed through chi-square, F-Test and co-efficient of correlation.
The major findings were: (1) Majority of the GNM schools had poor facilities for community health laboratory equipments and articles in terms of auditorium, library, exam hall, offices for clerical staff, AV Aids, Clinical facilities, and field training facilities. (2) All of the students, All of the schools followed revised syllabus of INC since 1988 and had revised their objectives and developed their master plan for theory teaching, practicals, clinicals and field training accordingly to INC criteria. (3) Schools used routine teaching learning methods mostly. Problem solving and project methods were used rarely. (4) INC criteria were followed for internal and external evaluations. (5) Student nurses’ responses and teachers’ / PHNs’ observations about students’ performance on community health nursing tasks showed that students did not get chance to learn / perform certain tasks during the field training. (6) The student nurses attitude towards community health oriented nursing practice and training was favourable. (7) There was significant correlation between performance scores and attitude scores of student nurses for community health oriented nursing practice and training.
Keyword(s): Curriculum Implementation, General Nursing, Midwifery Course, Revised Syllabus, Curriculum Studies