Kalam's prescription for nursing stream

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Chennai, Sep 30 (UNI) Former President A P J Abdul Kalam today called upon the Indian Nursing Council to review nursing courses continuously to bring it on par with the rapid advancements in healthcare system and suggested combined classes for nursing and medical students.

''There is definitely a need to look at the super specialities needed in nursing to compliment the doctors,'' Dr Kalam said and called for common classes in physiology, psychology and anatomy for graduate and post graduate nurses along with MBBS students.

Dr Kalam was interacting with nurses and nursing students here as part of his teaching programme as a Professor of Eminence of Sri Ramachandra University.

Stressing the need for a change in approach in medicare to improve the safety and quality of care to patients, he said it was important to train the doctors, nurses, paramedics, technicians and every one connected with medicare so that they can work as a team for providing quality medicare.

Answering questions from nurses and nursing students about their education, working conditions, future prospects and respect in society, Dr Kalam said well trained nurses with some specialisation in healthcare management could even run rural health centres.

Such nurses who work in rural health centres should be given preference in higher nursing education and research work leading to PhD, he suggested.

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