Training of nursing students affected in Himachal

Several private institutes tie up with same hospital

Training of nursing students affected in Himachal

Bhanu P Lohumi

Tribune News Service

Shimla, December 30

Several private nursing colleges in the state have tied up with the same hospital for clinical training, which is hampering the quality of training since students do not get requisite time for it. The private nursing colleges that do not have hospitals attach their students with other hospitals for training purposes.

Details sought from centres

  • A committee was constituted by the Himachal Pradesh Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission to analyse documents submitted by nursing colleges
  • The panel sought details like an NoC from the state to run nursing college along with essentiality certificate, copy of prospectus, name of hospital where students are going for clinical training

The problem was pointed out by a three-member committee constituted by Himachal Pradesh Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission (HPPEIRC) to analyse the documents submitted by the nursing colleges.

The analysis of data submitted by 42 out of 48 private nursing colleges in the state also revealed that the faculty-student ratio was not adequate in some colleges and details of hospitals submitted by the private nursing colleges was neither specific nor clear to suffice the norms of the Indian Nursing Council according to which the student-patient ration should be 1:3.

As per norms, the hospital should have 100 beds for clinical training, said Chairman, HPPEIRC, Maj Gen Atul Kaushik (Retd). He said notices would be sent to six private nursing colleges who had failed to submit documents to the commission as the date to submit additional required documents was January 10, 2020.

The details of community affiliation attached with rural and urban health services were missing and a few institutions have not submitted the latest copy of approval from the governing bodies — Indian Nursing Council (INC), Himachal Pradesh University (HPU), Atal Medical and Research University (AMRU) and Himachal Pradesh Nursing Council (HPNRC).

The committee recommended that details of affiliated hospitals should be clearly mentioned with bed strength besides short-term training so that it is not replaced with the training hours.

The commission had sought details from the colleges, including a no-objection certificate from the state government, to run nursing college along with essentiality certificate, copy of prospectus, name of hospital where students are going for clinical training, number of seats allotted, number and details of students enrolled and approval to run colleges from the INC and registration from the HPNRC. 

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