By Vivek Prasad
It was a dream come true for the practicing nurses and faculty from Wisconsin University, USA who joined their counterparts from Sri Ramachandra University and other nursing fraternity from India at the 13th International Nurses Conference held at Chennai recently to evolve new dynamics to meet stringent health care needs across the world.
Inaugurating the conference Dr. J.Balachander, HOD, Cardiology and Medical Superintendent, JIPMER, Puducherry said that the Wisconsin University is a pioneer innovator in cardiology care and well suited to join India’s efforts for building competency based nursing care.
Elaborating further he said healthcare delivery today is more and more dependent on nurses who spend more time and effort to the well – being of patients and their safety and treatment outcomes depend largely on these nurses.
This therefore should be reflected in nursing education which is also the current focus of the union government. Modern technologies such as simulators can play a big role in handling complicated situations and these technologies combined with clinical experience can make the nurses hard core professionals.
Learning Management Systems (LMS) which are freely available on the internet now can put the students of nursing ahead of their teachers. Nurses should be well trained in disaster mitigation as well, he added.
Dr. Rachelle Shelly Lancaster, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Wisconsin University said that nursing education has turned global and their annual programs with Sri Ramachandra University and Hospitals has widened their experiences.
Speaking on the occasion Dr. P.V.Vijayaraghavan, Dean, Education, Sri Ramachandra University called for a paradigm shift in nursing education with greater clinical experience relating directly to patients’ expectations, satisfaction and treatment success.