Hospital to give training to nurses

BANGALORE Aug. 25. Narayana Hrudayalaya, a super speciality cardiac care hospital in the city, is in talks with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), a Canadian polytechnic, to train nurses here for employment in U.S. hospitals.

Under the proposed tie-up, qualified nurses will be equipped with the skills needed to work in the U.S. This includes training to take the national council licence examination for registered nurses, a pass in which is a prerequisite for seeking employment as nurse in the U.S.

``The reason for choosing BCIT is that its advanced nurses training course is internationally recognised. We are in talks with it and its officials will be here for an inspection in a few weeks,'' Devi Shetty, chairman and managing director of the hospital, said.The BCIT offers a fulltime Bachelor of Technology in Nursing course and a programme in speciality nursing. In the latter, registered nurses can specialise in any one of the nursing specialities: critical care, emergency, nephrology, neonatal, occupational health, paediatrics, peri-natal, and peri-operative.

By 2007, Narayana Hrudayalaya is expected to become a comprehensive "health city", at a cost of Rs. 250 crore, on 36 acres of land behind the existing hospital at Bommasandra.

The "health city" will comprise the departments of orthopaedics, neurology, and nephro-urology, to be started in four years. The money is coming as "soft loan'' from the HUDCO which will also construct the buildings.

David Lloyd, managing director of a public relations firm in the U.K., Financial Dynamics, will visit the hospital on September 1. He is on a tour to promote India as a destination for foreign investment, particularly from the U.K. His itinerary includes the HMT factory, the electronics division of BHEL, and the Electronics City campus of Infosys Technologies.

Charitable wing

A 70-bed charitable wing, built at a cost of Rs. 50 lakh, was opened by the Arch Bishop of Bangalore, Ignatius Pinto, at the hospital on Monday.

The wing has been constructed on the fourth floor of the hospital with money from the Ashraya Hasta Trust, the primary donor. The trust was set up by K Dinesh, co-founder and member of the Board of Infosys Technologies.

"We set up the trust to help poor people, especially from villages, in the areas of education and healthcare," Mr. Dinesh told The Hindu.

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