Experts stressed on Advancing Nurse Education

Nurse Education

Academic experts at home and abroad expressed the view that educated and  quality nurses are necessary to ensure better treatment facilities  in public and private hospitals including healthcare centers. They underscored the need for pragmatic policy guidelines,  and strong action plan  for standardizing  the  nursing education in line with global changes  to  bring qualitative change in overall  health care system in the best interest of public health management in the country.

The Centre for Policy Research of the International University of Business Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT) has launched the research monograph, Advancing Nurse Education in Bangladesh today, March 23, 2014 at the Dhaka Reporters Unity, Dhaka  in the morning.  The monograph  is the product of a collaborative project involving IUBAT with Mid Main Community Health Centre and Simon Fraser University in Canada. It summarizes the current situation for education of nurses,  suggesting  potential solutions  in line with Bangladesh strategy.

Nurse Education in BangladeshProf. Berland, main writer of the research work,  has spent many years supporting start-up of an innovative nurse education program (BSN) at IUBAT. This report follows that experience, as well as discussions with dozens of nurse educators, physicians and hospital managers. This monograph focuses on one aspect of strengthening nurses’ contributions, namely the education of nurses. A strong policy platform for developing the nurse education system could release nurses’ capacity as caregivers, advocates and client educators.

Presided over by Prof Dr M Alimullah Miyan, Vice-Chancellor and Founder of IUBAT, the monograph was introduced by its author Professor Alex Berland, a member of the IUBAT International Advisory Council and Adjunct Faculty at Simon Fraser University and University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Prof Dr John Richards, Member, International Advisory Council of IUBAT and Professor of Public Policy, Simon Fraser University was also present in the ceremony.

This is the 10th monograph released by IUBAT  based on core socio-economic problem documenting the need for better nurse education in Bangladesh and the challenges. It underlined the modalities of modern nursing practices suggesting ways and means to improve the potential in the best interest of public health. It dealt on some of the  significant practical challenges emphasizing  on training. The monograph proposed a way forward focusing on the critical obstacles, – the shortage of qualified nurse educators. A strong nurse education system could release nurses’ capacity as caregivers, patient educators and health promoters, the monograph detailed.

Monograph  mentioned that each country faces unique challenges in strengthening nurse education – there is no universal best method. National and professional leaders will have to develop a “made-in-Bangladesh” solution. The World Health Organization recommends “a step-wise approach with specific goals and timelines” to raise nursing standards. Following that advice, the monograph proposes three initial steps to strengthen nurse education in Bangladesh:

1.                  Build a leadership coalition and a guiding strategy for nursing resource development.

2.                  Create a country-wide collaborative effort to advance nurse education.

3.                  Develop system supports to promote higher standards in nursing education and practice.

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