A ray of hope by Nurses in Today’s Health Era

/ Guest Column / Friday, 13 May 2022 17:14

By: Maibam Ranita Devi
Investing in nursing and respecting nurse’s rights: Key themes for International Nurses Day 2022:The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has announced the new theme for International Nurses Day (IND) 2022: Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in nursing and respect rights to secure global health, focusing on the need to protect, support and invest in the nursing profession to strengthen health systems around the world.
Each year, ICN leads the celebrations on International Nurses Day, held on 12 May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.
In India Nurse( Community Health Officer) led an Ayushman Bharat Health And Wellness center in each and every corner of the country to serve the better health care services.
Ayushman Bharat was launched in 2018 with its twin pillars of Health & Wellness Centers (HWCs) and Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) for full range of services across the continuum of care. This center in India is located in the rural places in every corner with a population of 5000 and above, the government of India launched the Community Nursing Officers’ role towards improving quality care to enhance the health of every citizen. Our role in each centre is multifaceted. Clinical, managerial, recording reporting and public health education management are their major roles.
Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWCs) were launched under the Ayushman Bharat Programme in a bid to move away from selective health care to a more comprehensive range of services spanning preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative care for all ages of population 5000 and above.
The National Health Policy of 2017 envisioned these centres as the foundation of India’s health system.
Expanded range of service
These centres deliver a range of comprehensive health care services like maternal and child health, services to address communicable and non-communicable diseases and services for elderly and palliative care. AB-HWCs provide free essential medicines and diagnostic services, teleconsultation, and health promotion including wellness activities like Yoga.
The expansion of services has been planned in incremental manner. As a first step, Screening, Prevention, Control and Management of Non-communicable Diseases and Chronic Communicable diseases like Tuberculosis and Leprosy has been introduced at HWCs.
· Care in pregnancy and childbirth.
· Neonatal and infant health care services
· Childhood and adolescent health care services.
· Family planning, Contraceptive services and Other Reproductive Health Care services
· Management of Communicable diseases: National Health Programs
· Management of Common Communicable Diseases and General Out-patient care for acute simple illnesses and minor ailments
· Screening, Prevention, Control and Management of Non-Communicable diseases and chronic communicable disease like TB and Leprosy
· Basic Oral health care
· Care for Common Ophthalmic and ENT problems
· Elderly and Palliative health care services
· Emergency Medical Services
· Screening and Basic management of Mental health ailment
Now the above services are provided in full swing to impart the awareness session and to implement any programme.Nurses are playing major role and Community Health Officer in India majority are from nursing background and nurse need more update knowledge skill, in-services education. To maintain the quality and sustain the ability, we need to focus our investment in nursing and respect the right to secure global health. In times of covid pandemic, the role was undefined and even in today’s heath care setting a biggest role has been reflected in ministry of health family welfare government sector and it’s the dream of honourable Prime Minister shri Narendra Modi ji of India to get better health care service to the rural India like ways the hardship journey of a nurses is also fulfil the needs of patient care and to protect community in any filed , the policy maker or governance need to focus the Nurse profession. Nurse is passionate to work.
In our states Health and Wellness centre is led by a Nurse who had qualified community health nurse programme. Many innovative work initiative activities have been carried out by the nurse example – model-based teaching regarding breast cancer, ANC diet planning ,9inch plate practice for diabetic ID card promotion for diabetic patient, medicine chart initiation for NCD patients, volunteer training regarding palliative care. Exchanging developing knowledges skills are our main ideas. Many works done by Nurse (community Health Officer) Cadre has been acknowledged by our state’s officials and many governments official visit take places in this centre. Not only this in some centre students from various sectors from nursing department, doctors and others too visit for learning purpose and state training exposure filed visit has been assigned in these centres. Creative work, an upliftment activity has been implemented with the active community participation under the leadership of us “NURSES” We have been updating our knowledges from various platforms like online in-services classes, attending conferences, I learn platform, WCEA, VYGO, Safe delivery app ECHO session etc.
The service provided by the nurses covers a large scale in today’s society. It is truly limitless, starting from the grassroot level till the tertiary level in health sector. The ray of hope starts from each nurse and deviates to all directions and corners of the globe, providing comfort, care and content to the patients. This ray of hope from each nurse around the globe makes the world bright and the health sector even brighter with the lamp of the Florence Nightingale.
(The writer is a Community Health Officer, Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Center, Awang Wabagai )

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