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Nurses’ council decides to launch website

Ranchi, May 20: Makeover plans for office, presence on the web and relaxation of rules for establishing more colleges — the Jharkhand Nurses’ Registration Council met today to decide on these matters.

The decisions were taken after a meeting at health secretary Siyaram Prasad Sinha’s office.

Syed Iqbal Hussain, officer on special duty of JNRC, said the website would help inform the hospital and nursing homes about the availability of nurses and their activities.

This apart, it will also help people get assistance from trained nurses.

Hussain said the website would carry information for those who were trying to take up nursing as a profession. This would include details on nursing schools and colleges across the country.

JNRC also decided to equip its office with different types of electronic devices for smooth functioning. “We have decided to computerise our office and take an internet connection,” Shayama Ghosh, registrar of JNRC said.

The council has also decided to set up a state-level committee for strengthening nursing services in the state by selecting qualified and competent nurses.

The council also decided to relax the rules for establishing nursing colleges.

“If the decision taken is approved by the Indian Nursing Council (INC), a one-acre plot and Rs 50,000 would be sufficient to establish a nursing school. At present, a 2.5-acre plot and bank guarantee of Rs 2 lakh is required for the purpose,” Hussain said.

Earlier, the JNRC welcomed the decision of Indian Nursing Council (INC) to give recognition to BSc Nursing College at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS).

The meet was attended by RIMS director N.N. Agarwal and several other representatives of nursing homes and hospitals in the city, including Yogesh Gambhir, Sayeed Ansari, Om Prakash Sarraf, Satish Midha, Teresa Tirkey and several others.

JNRC is an autonomous body that provides registration number to nurses in the state. So far, the body has given registration numbers to 11,066 nurses across the state.

It also conducts and inspects nursing examinations in the state in lieu of fee. In 2007-08, the organisation has earned Rs 5,38,840 lakh and spent Rs 2,57,368 lakh.

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