CAO COURSE CODE: CK711 The programme in General Nursing equips the nurse to provide nursing care in a wide variety of clinical settings including hospitals and the community. The programme emphasises the importance of working with other professions and of planning individualised nursing care in partnership with patients. The emphasis of the general programme is on caring, communication and understanding the patient‚Äôs experience of illness. It contains the essential elements that facilitate the development of professional knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the nursing needs of patients who are acutely or chronically ill. General nurses are educated to nurse children, adults and older persons with medical and surgical conditions. They also have an important role in the promotion of health.