GUWAHATI: Nurses in Assam will not only have to learn to serve patients. They will also have to undergo training to acquire communication and computer skills.
Sources in the Health department told The Sentinel that the State has adopted the syllabus of Indian Nursing Council incorporating therein the provision of communication and computer skills.
‘Communication and computer skills have become essential for nurses in view of the fast changing scenario of the healthcare sector. Many nurses lack the skill to effectively communicate with patients and thus create a gap or misunderstanding,” the source said.
On other hand, Assam has set an ambitious target to make itself next to Kerala in producing quality human resources in the field of nursing. Towards this end, the State Government has decided to engage college teachers to provide English communication skills to its nurses to help them get jobs across the country and abroad.
“Even though around 1,500 nurses and midwives pass out from private and government institutions and many of them go out of the State seeking jobs every year, they face problems in getting jobs due to poor communication skills. Now we are stressing on honing communication and IT skills of the nurses so that they can work anywhere in the world,” the source said, adding that communication in English has become very important even in Guwahati as people from neighboring States come here for treatment. Spoken English courses have been made mandatory for the nurses, the source said.
The Director of Higher Education has already requested the principals of 300 plus colleges to provide the services of teaching faculty in the Department of English of colleges as and when approached by the Joint Director of Health Services/Principals of general nursing and midwifery schools. If the colleges engage guest faculties, they will be provided remunerations according to government procedure by the State Health and Family Welfare department