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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 4-5

Looking ahead - Moving forward

Registrar, TamilNadu Nurses and Midwives Council, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Web Publication14-Sep-2020

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Dr. S Ani Grace Kalaimathi
Registrar, TamilNadu Nurses and Midwives Council, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJCN.IJCN_82_20

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Grace Kalaimathi S A. Looking ahead - Moving forward. Indian J Cont Nsg Edn 2020;21:4-5

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Grace Kalaimathi S A. Looking ahead - Moving forward. Indian J Cont Nsg Edn [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 May 8];21:4-5. Available from: https://www.ijcne.org/text.asp?2020/21/1/4/295054

2020 is the year of COVID-19. Quarantine, social distancing, hand wash, mask, no treatment, future vaccine and so on, are the words that continuously ring in our ears. In the middle of this nosophobia, it is such a pleasure to hear that College of Nursing, Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore, one of the world's most renowned nursing institution is commemorating the Golden Jubilee of the M. Sc and Silver Jubilee of Doctoral Degree programmes in Nursing this very year.

I deem it a great pleasure to pen my thoughts on the editorial page of this special issue. The College of Nursing, being the first-ever Institute to establish nursing in India in the year 1946 have many Alumni like myself spread far and wide working in various capacities with great pride, creating a benchmark for themselves as well as the nursing profession. The College of Nursing since yesteryears has given abundant opportunities for nurses with Master's degrees to become experts in their field and thereby influence education, practice and health-care outcomes in the country and abroad. Many nurses today with the Master's degree have gained specialisation in the five branches spelt out by the Statutory Bodies.

A flash of idea runs through my mind when I think of specialization. I am sure if Dr. Ida Sophia Scudder, the Founder of CMC-Asia's foremost teaching hospital, were to be alive today, will definitely support this endeavour of mine towards nurses' career advancement, the betterment of nursing as a profession and remodelling the future of the health-care industry.

My first agenda I present to Dr. Ida Sophia Scudder would be to introduce specialisation in the final year of Baccalaureate degree in Nursing itself and encouraging them to pursue nursing in the field of their interest. The current 1-year post-basic diploma speciality courses, including midwifery, can be offered to nursing students in the final year as a choice basis. Such educational integration, I believe, will promote clinical expertise in specific fields and will improve nurses' confidence in taking up leadership roles on graduation. Nurses in leadership roles in specific care areas who think critically and advocate for their patients are in high demand, so nurses interested in impacting both patients and the future of nursing should pursue specialisation. This will help to create area specific specialised nurses in our country.

My second agenda to Dr. Scudder would definitely be the idea of super specialisation of 2 years in the Master's Degree programme in the field of specialisation which was pursued in the under graduation. This will help the nurse to be professionally committed as it makes continuing education a worthy pursuit. I propose the designation 'Nurse Practitioner' (NP) for Masters prepared nurses. A NP is an advanced practice registered nurse and will hold the responsibilities of mid-level medical professionals. The NPs will be trained and empowered to assess patient needs, order and interpret diagnostic and laboratory tests, diagnose disease, formulate and prescribe treatment plans. They will also be able to lead the nursing care team in coordinating patient care at the bedside.

Today, physicians have disease-specific specialisation and it would be only worth to create a nursing specialisation parallel to it to provide quality care par excellence. The current requirement of the health-care system as well as the need of the hour for our Statutory Bodies of nursing in our country is to create and ignite career aspirations and fill the vacancies in various roles in the health-care services in nursing education, service, administration and research endeavours. My wish is that someday, very soon, our nurses will be able to handle patients in an ever-changing health care system with a specialisation and every hospital is ensured with a team of competent nurse workforce with area-specific specialisation.

My third agenda to Dr. Scudder would be the essentiality of mandatory involvement of nursing personnel in any health-care setting (large or small, Government or Non-Government) for policy-making and health-care-related decisions. For this, nurses need to be prepared to hold leadership roles within their field of expertise and become the best planners, developers and implementers of patient care. Every nurse needs to be assertive and advocate for patients and work closely with other health professionals to ensure quality patient care.

I foresee the future of nursing will be with more of online programmes, which will enable nurses to gear up towards career advancement to take the next step while continuing to remain part of the workforce.

I wish the team of nurses from novice to an expert at CMC Vellore and the graduates who had spread globally to continue to their altruistic service and create a silver line in every human they encounter.


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