We strongly believe that ‘health is an inalienable right of every individual’, and thus access to quality health care is essential for all. Rural India, where the majority of our population lives, suffers from grossly inadequate infrastructure and manpower for provision of this care. As the country takes major steps towards addressing this inequity, a vital constraint is the non-availability of trained health professionals, specifically doctors and nurses. Such health professionals would best be trained in the milieu of the population and health care set ups they are likely to serve. Towards this end Jan Swasthya Sahyog initiated training of nurses beginning in 2011.
Nursing is a direct service- goal oriented and adaptable to the needs of the individual, family and community, during health & illness. It is a profession influenced by advances in science and technology and therefore must advance with other professions to maintain a balance in health care.
In addition to preparing our students to provide clinical care, the JSS School of Nursing trains students in critical thinking, problem solving, and leadership. We believe educating nurses will help to provide appropriate, rational, and low cost health care services that are delivered in a holistic and compassionate way.
We also believe that higher nursing education provides opportunities for nurses to become part of the process of development and rejuvenation of village communities through the facilitation of efforts to improve education, environment and the level of sustenance. Registered qualified nurses can become competent and effective nurse teachers and administrators in hospitals and the community.
Nurses are an integral and necessary part of a collaborative health care delivery system. By training them in the principles and practices of nursing, JSS hopes to not only fill the gap in health care providers, but to drastically improve the wellbeing of entire communities of providers and patients.
Through our School of Nursing we run both Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANM) and General Nurse Midwives (GNM) Training programs.
Auxiliary Nurse Midwives Training
The School of Nursing at JSS started with a two year ANM training program in 2011 that trains 25 nurses from Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes in the Bilaspur and Mungeli district. This training program is recognised by the Indian Nursing Council and fully supported by the Department of Tribal Welfare, Government of Chhattisgarh, with tuition, room and board completely free of cost to our students. So far, 4 batches for the ANM Training program have been admitted and 2 have completed their training period of 18 months each with a 6 month essential clinical and community internship.
General Nurse Midwives Training
In addition to the ANM programme, JSS began a General Nurse Midwives training in 2013. This course is three years, and offers more advanced training than the ANM programme.
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