Post General Nursing Courses in Zimbabwe


In this article, we will be talking about post general nursing courses in Zimbabwe. You might have been wondering what happens after finishing a three-year diploma in Nursing. I am going to give you some insight.

There are so many opportunities besides nursing. You have to make your choice depending on what you like and what you are good at. If you are someone who is really hands-on and you always want to be with a patient, definitely you have to specialize.

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The world is changing with technology in place, being a general nurse will have you at the same position for 20 years or until your retirement. Hopefully, you wouldn’t want to be that nurse who knows every corner of the hospital or that nurse who always tells others how experienced he/she is at a rural clinic.

You should have work experience of minimum one year for you to qualify for post-basic nursing. Whether you are in the private sector or government everyone has an equal opportunity to further their education. It takes courage, commitment and focus to be where you desire to be in your career life.


Nurse’s Council of Zimbabwe is responsible for regulating these courses. Government hospitals provide institutions for the courses below and recruitment is through an electronic application. Vacancies are posted in local newspapers.

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Diploma in Midwifery (1 year)

Diploma in Midwifery - ZimbabweMidwifery is the health science and health profession that deals with pregnancychildbirth, and the postpartum period including care of the newborn in addition to the sexual and reproductive health of women throughout their lives.

In Zimbabwe, it is becoming more common to have a diploma in midwifery and from the look of things, in the near future, it will be a prerequisite. If you were not considering doing midwifery you might want to.

Diploma in Intensive and Coronary Care Nursing (1 year)

Diploma in Intensive and Coronary Care Nursing ZimbabweCritical care nursing is the field of nursing with a focus on the utmost care of the critically ill or unstable patients following extensive injury, surgery or life-threatening diseases.

ICU nurses provide care for life-threatening medical conditions and injuries and may work with patients from the neonatal ward to seniors.

Theatre nurses work within hospital operating theatres and anaesthetic/recovery units, helping to care for patients before, during, and after surgery.

As part of a wider perioperative team, they work alongside surgeons, anaesthetists, operating department practitioners (ODPs) and theatre support staff.

Depending on the procedure, they may also care for patients on the ward or in clinics, for example, when helping to fit a cardiac catheterisation unit.


Renal nurses work primarily with patients experiencing kidney problems as well as those patients who are at risk of developing kidney problems. They treat and care for patients throughout the lifespan from infancy to end of life.

Some of the medical problems nephrology nurses may encounter and treat include End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), renal cysts, kidney transplants and kidney stones among many other diseases and disease processes.

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Advanced Diploma In Neonatal Intensive Care And Paediatric Nursing (18 – Months Course)

Advanced Diploma In Neonatal Intensive Care And Paediatric NursingPediatric nursing is the medical care of neonates and children up to adolescence. Nurses who specialize in paediatrics devote their knowledge and skills to caring for children from infancy through the late teen years and their families.

These specialized nurses collaborate closely with physicians and other health care providers who share their dedication to children’s health.

Like other nurses, pediatric nurses can perform physical examinations, measure vital statistics, take blood and urine samples and order diagnostic tests. Nurses with advanced training can interpret test results to form diagnoses and develop treatment plans.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (Three-year Diploma)

Psychiatric Mental Health NursingPsychiatric nursing or mental health nursing is the appointed position of a nurse that specialises in mental health and cares for people of all ages experiencing mental illnesses or distress.

These include schizophreniaschizoaffective disordermood disordersanxiety disorderspersonality disorderseating disorderssuicidal thoughtspsychosisparanoia, and self-harm.

Diploma in Operating Theatre Nursing (1 year)

Theatre Nurses are nurses whose primary focus is on operations and surgeries. But a theatre nurse can still have various specializations, such as orthopaedics, ophthalmology, obstetrics, cosmetic, and other fields that require operations. The theatre nurse works closely with the operating team


Diploma in Community

Diploma in Nursing Administration

Diploma in Nurse Anaesthetist

State Certified Traumatology Nurses

Certificate in Primary Care Nursing

Diploma in Ophthalmic Nursing

Diploma in Clinical  Nursing

Diploma in Orthopaedic Nursing

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Diploma in Oncology and Palliative Care Nursing

State Certified Traumatology Nursing



Universities offer different undergraduate degrees to nurses who hold a diploma in general nursing and desire to pursue their studies in different areas of association. The following are some of the degrees:

Nursing Education

Safety, Health and Environmental Management

Public Health


Universities in Zimbabwe include:

UZ, CUT,NUST, Bindura University etc.


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