Capacity building program for nursing professionals in SGT University

SGT Times Reporter

Gurugram, December 21

The Nightingale Association of Stress Management constituted under the Department of Mental Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, SGT University in collaboration with Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India organized an online program for the training of nurses for capacity building the for management of children in Covid-19 Pandemic, and preparedness of Nursing Professionals against 3rd wave.

The training program was conducted with an objective to better prepare nursing professionals against the 3rd wave of Covid19 and provide them in-depth knowledge regarding the management of children in times of pandemic. Around 150 Nurses of SGT Hospital participated in this training program in three batches.

Prof. Raman Deep, Head of Mental Health Nursing Department, Faculty of Nursing at SGT University, was the guiding force behind the event.

Dr. Rathi Balachandran, Additional Director General, Nursing Service, Director General of Health Services, said that this nationwide training program for nurses is in the chairmanship of Dr. Sandhya Gupta, former officiating Principal AIIMS.

Nightingale Association of Stress management got their kind permission to conduct this program for Nurses working at SGT Hospital after two faculty members underwent training of trainers’ program.

Covid-19 has impacted the life and health of millions of people across the globe which has overwhelmed the healthcare systems of many countries across the world. It has also deeply affected healthcare providers such as nurses fighting on the frontlines to safeguard the patients’ lives. The objective of this training program was to prepare nursing professionals against 3rd wave of COVID 19 and provide them with in-depth knowledge regarding the management of children in times of pandemics.

This training program was scheduled in three batches (Batch-I, II, and III). The 1st Batch of training of nurses was organized from 27th September 2021 to 30th September 2021. Training of 2nd and 3rd Batch was provided from 15th till 17th and 16th till 18th respectively.

Prof. Raman Deep, Organizing Secretary of the training program welcomed the esteemed guests and congratulated the participants for being a part of this prestigious nationwide training program. Dr. Sandhya Gupta, Chairperson of this training program explained the aims of the training of nurses and stressed the importance of preparing the Covid warriors for the effective management of Coovid-19 in children. Dr. S K Maheshwari, Mentor for the training program Batch 1 and Ms. Geetanjali Puri, Nursing Officer Safdarjung Hospital, motivated the participants to participate actively and utilize the knowledge provided in the training sessions. Moderation of all the sessions was done by Ms. Jyoti, Abhishek, and Ms. Nicky Tutor, Faculty of Nursing, SGT University. 

On the first day of this training, issues like different waves of Covid-19, diagnosis, symptoms, causes, diagnosis, symptoms, and stages of the disease.

The management of asymptomatic, mild and moderate Covid, management of severe disease and shock were also discussed.

On the second day, the training sessions focused on the psychological aspects of care of children having Covid-19, the recommendation for the care of neonates during Covid-19, infection prevention, and control in hospital and at home were also discussed.

On day 3  of the training, a post-test and feedback link was shared by mentors Dr. S K Maheshwari and Ms. Geetanjali Puri.

Dr Sandhya Gupta, Chairperson training, concluded the session. Vote of Thanks was proposed by Ms. Poonam Ahlawat, Assistant Prof., and Ms. Suman Vashisht Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing, SGT University.

The resource person the all the batches of the training were – Ms. Jyoti, Professor cum Principal, College of Nursing, GMCH, Chandigarh; Prof. Raman Deep, HOD, Department of Mental Health Nursing, SGT University; Ms. Ruchika Duggal, Assistant Professor, SGT University, Ms. Chetna, Assistant Professor, MMU, Solan; Ms. Rupinder Kaur, Tutor, GMCH; Ms. Jyoti, Tutor, MMU, Solan and  Ms. Prerna, Tutor, Safdarjung Hospital to name a few.

This training was carried out using the resources prepared by the Nursing Division of Government of India under the leadership of Dr. Rathi Balachandran, Assistant Director General (ADG) – Nursing Division, Government of India, and Dr. Sandhya Gupta, chairperson- training.

As the nurses are the frontline care providers and 3rd wave of Covid-19 is expected to affect children, so, this training on the management of Covid-19 in children is very useful for the participants. This training program was a very thoughtful initiative to prepare the workforce of SGT hospital nurses to fight against Covid-19 in children.

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