A revolving fund to educate them and a journal on the profession launched
CHENNAI: Nurses from government and private hospitals and midwives on Saturday pledged to improve their services by educating and training themselves.
The nursing staff, considered the backbone of medical care, took this pledge at functions organised in the city as part of the run up to the International Nurses Day.
The theme of this year’s celebrations is ‘Delivering quality, serving communities: nurses leading care innovations.’ The International Nurses Day will be celebrated on Tuesday. At the function organised at Madras Medical College, a self-welfare revolving fund that would be used to educate and train nurses and a journal on nursing profession were launched.
Addressing the gathering, Health Secretary V.K. Subburaj, who launched the fund, said the State government had created 1,200 posts for nursing staff in its hospitals and they would be filled in the next fortnight. The decision followed the Election Commission’s approval to the proposal, he said.
“We are strengthening the hospitals with more manpower, including nurses and paramedics. We have started comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care (COEMNC) centres, are feeding children at schools and also providing Rs.6,000 to pregnant mothers,” yet there has not been further reduction in the mortality rates of infants or mothers, he said. A comparison between India and China found that while in India over 65 per cent pregnant women were anaemic, China faced no such situation.
Citing an instance in Coimbatore government hospital where 70 per cent of nursing students were found to be anaemic, he said it was important to make it a mission to get across health messages. “Funds are not a constraint. We need to create centres of excellence, improve the two government nursing colleges and the nursing schools,” he said. The first winner of Nightingale Award, instituted for the nurses by the Central government, had set an example by preventing infant and maternal death in Dharamapuri where she is employed, he said.
Special Secretary Health Apoorva urged the nurses to be more professional and document their achievements. Two weeks after the announcement of the Nightingale Awards there were very few nominations, she said.
Frontier Lifeline Hospital honoured its nurses at a function in the presence of Lan Minagawa, wife of Japanese consul-general in Chennai Kazuo Minagawa. The nurses of Dr.K.M. Cherian’s Frontier Lifeline Hospital launched a web page and an e-magazine to improve their knowledge.
K.M.Cherian said, “Nurses are the most visible members of any hospital’s workforce, so the impact and impression they create is tremendous. The theme is especially relevant in our country which is dependent on these angels of healing and compassion as they permeate the fabric of every society to provide basic healthcare to each individual.”
The web page would be used to network and create support system for further learning and training, the nurses said.
Ms. Minagawa praised the nurses, “the silent caretakers of the sick and the ill, working tirelessly to ensure the wellbeing of people in their care.” She described their job as a noble profession.