Nursing is one of the most important pillars of patient care in Hospitals. To bring specialized education in oncology, Westbank School of Nursing, Howrah, a unit of Narayana Health has started ‘Post Basic Diploma in Oncology Nursing’ (PBDON) course, recognized by Indian Nursing Council and West Bengal Nursing Council for the first time in eastern India.
Post Basic Diploma in Oncology Nursing (PBDON) is intended to fulfill the ever-increasing demand of trained oncology nurses in National and International cancer centres, hospitals, nursing colleges, research institutes and community hospitals, both in government and private sectors. The course is meant for qualified nurses (GNM/B.Sc Nursing) for one academic year. The aim of the course is to upgrade the knowledge and skills of trained nurses to create a cadre of specially trained Oncology Nurses who will be capable of handling and maintaining venous access devices like PICC, Central lines, ports, chemotherapy drug administration, brachytherapy, minor surgical procedures, manage the common symptoms and care of the critically and terminally ill cancer patients.
The allocated number for the training program is 20 students for the academic year January 2020 to December 2020 who will be facilitated with comprehensive cancer care training with classroom, nursing lab, nutrition lab, computer lab, well stocked library with latest editions of books, nursing journals and internet facility along with latest Audiovisual Teaching aids. Speaking on the occasion Dr. Vivek Agarwal, Consultant Medical Oncologist and Haemato Oncologist, Narayana Health Howrah said, “As with all nursing careers, the demand for oncology nurses is expected to increase significantly over the next few years. This is especially because recently we have seen a significant increase in cancer patients throughout the country. Specialized courses like this will help healthcare service providers to have trained specialized patient care providers, which is the backbone of any cancer institute”.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. R. Venkatesh, Regional Director, Narayana Health, East said, “We, at Narayana Health, are focused on providing world class cancer treatment facilities to patients. We are continuously taking up efforts & newer initiatives at Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Howrah to provide high-quality treatment with excellent success rates. With the start of this Oncology Nursing Training Program atOur Howrah Nursing school, will hope to bring a revolution in patient care services for Oncology in eastern India”.
About Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Howrah: NSH Howrah offers organ-specific comprehensive cancer care covering medical, radiation and surgical oncology. This NABH accredited hospital offers tertiary care services in over 44 specialties, which includes Cardiac Sciences, Neurosciences, Gynecology, Orthopedics, Urology as well as Medical and Surgical Gastroenterology. Built as per FGI standards (Facility Guidelines Institute), USA, the hospital has a Centre of Excellence for Comprehensive Cancer Care and is well-equipped to handle medical emergencies and trauma round the clock.
About Narayana Health: With all super-speciality tertiary care facilities that the medical world offers, Narayana Health is a one-stop healthcare destination for all. Founded by Dr. Devi Shetty and headquartered in Bengaluru, Narayana Health group is the second largest health care provider in the country in terms of operational bed count. The first facility was established with approximately 225 operational beds in 2000 at NH Health City in Bengaluru. The Company today runs a chain of multispecialty, tertiary and primary healthcare facilities across India with a network of 24 hospitals and 7 heart centre’s and a single hospital overseas at Cayman Islands with over 6,200 operational beds across all its centre’s and potential to reach a capacity of around 7,300 beds. www.narayanahealth.org