Admin: Test My Skills

Nursing Skills Testing Lab opened.

Jun 8, 2011 12:00 AM at Patna

PATNA: A first of its kind in the country, a Nursing Skills Testing Lab  was opened in Bihar on Monday. It was inaugurated by health minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey.

Set up at ANM School, Guru Govind Singh Hospital, Patna City, it would evaluate the skills of nurses in the state. Apart from this, these nurses would also get the opportunity to practice the skills needed to complete a thorough history and physical examination of the patients. The lab, which has been set up in collaboration with the Unique, is a step forward in strengthening the nursing cadre in the state.

Inaugurating the lab, Choubey said, "Success in capacity building exercises recently initiated by the state government to improve the health indicators of the state such as the Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illness Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care and facility-based neonatal care are largely dependent on skill learning as they are critical for saving the lives of mother and baby. So, the nursing skills need to be practiced again and again till the care providers become self-confident in discharge of their work.

This lab would impart basic and advanced skills to nurses in providing maternal and child care services while also assessing it and rectifies the shortcomings, Choubey said and added the lab would serve the purpose of addressing the weaknesses in skill levels of each trainee based on individual assessment of their present skill level.

The health minister said that all the care providers at service delivery level -- doctors, nurses and auxiliary nurse mid-wife (ANM) -- would undergo the training and added this would help in bringing down the maternal and neo-natal mortality rate in the state. He said that the main focus is on providing quality mother and child health (MCH) care to the community to achieve millennium development goal (MDG) 4 (reduce child mortality) and 5 (improve maternal health).

As many as 39 skills have been identified as basic skills for all the health care providers with additional six skills identified for those working in neonatal units. The assessment and training programmer would be for a period of three days. The state government would further scale up the facility in other districts and medical colleges of the state, the minister said.