New Delhi: Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mr J P Nadda launched two new Nurse Practitioner Courses – one in Critical Care and the other in Primary Healthcare – also launched a web-based ‘Live Register’ for nurses at the inauguration of Indian Nursing Council Office Complex, here today (27 June 2016). Underscoring the importance of upgradation of skills of nurses across the country, Mr J P Nadda stated that the Government is committed to providing accessible, affordable and quality training to them.
The Health minister said that through the Live Register accurate data of active and registered nurses will be made available online. This will help the Government in better manpower planning and for making policy level decisions for the nursing professionals in India. Mr Nadda stated that this will help in rationalisation and optimum utilisation of manpower. He informed that the Government has undertaken major expansion of nursing and technical education leading to a three-fold increase in the numbers of nursing institutions and in the number of students passing out of these institutions.
The Health Minister informed that the Government has undertaken a host of initiatives for strengthening of nursing cadres. Establishment of ANM/GNM schools, up-gradation of institutions from School of Nursing to College of Nursing, Training of Nurses, development of 11 one year specialisation courses, revision of curriculum for all nursing programs, establishment of national PhD consortium for Nursing Research.
The Nurse Practitioner in Critical Care Program will be a two-year residential M.Sc degree in Nurse Practitioner in Critical care. On completion of the program Nurses will be qualified to assume responsibility and accountability for the care of critically ill patients. Whereas, the Nurse Practitioner in Primary Healthcare Program will be a one-year residential Post Graduate diploma program.