Nurses complete preliminary critical care programme

May 24, 2011 | By | Filed Under News 

As part of its sustained effort to maximise the quality of nursing care service offered to patients, the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) has embraced yet another collaborative programme.
According to a statement issued by the hospital’s public relations department yesterday, the GPHC has joined forced with Mr Rowland Ramdass, a United States-based Guyanese who has attained numerous qualifications in the field of Nursing, including a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Nursing as well as a doctorate in Nursing Education from recognised universities in the United States.
Ramdass, according to the statement has also gained a wide range of experience over the years from his fruitful nursing career in the US.  He is currently an Assistant Professor at Farmingdale State College and Senior Nurse at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Recently, Ramdass with the support of GPHC’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Khan, and In-service Nursing Education Director, Mr Owen John, was able to complete a two-day workshop.  This activity, according to the statement, served as a preliminary training course for a highly anticipated Critical Care Nursing Programme which is proposed to commence in the new month.
The initial batch of participants will comprise five registered nurses, some of whom will come from other health care institutions. The programme will be facilitated by both local and overseas trainers, most of whom have already been identified and have agreed to participate fully, the statement added.
The proposed Critical Care programme comes as a result of Ramdass’s satisfaction with works resulting from the recent partnership effort which saw him offering his assurance to return once more to further educate, while simultaneously becoming acquainted with the trends of local nursing.
The recent training programme, which was solely facilitated by him, was attended by 22 participants whose location varied vastly from around the country; including nurses from Linden, Suddie, West Demerara, New Amsterdam and the GPHC and covered two main topics – Disorders of the Cardiac Vascular System and Renal failure both of which are encompassed in Critical Care Nursing.
However, these programmes are a tip of what is anticipated during the upcoming “Critical Care Nursing Programme”, according to the statement. The programme was proposed as a result of the growth of the hospital and the increased needs of the population in the area of critical care; thus management recognised the need for the continued improved capacity of the nursing staff.
The venture is meshed into the hospital’s mission statement which speaks to the need “to provide a comprehensive range of quality healthcare services in an efficient, effective and caring manner, together with teaching and research activities designed to ensure excellence in-patient care education and research.”
It is also interconnected to the theme for the month of nursing (May) “Closing the gap, increasing access and equity,” according to the statement.
During last year’s Nurses Week Observance, nurses from the GPHC, Linden and Suddie Hospitals, through lectures and demonstrations were able to gain a wide range of knowledge and acquired the skill to make physical assessments of patients.
A few other areas discussed were the nurse’s duty to provide privacy for clients, correct documentation of notes/ records, being compassionate and taking care of relatives during the patient’s last moments and remaining non-judgmental about patients’ habits and lifestyle, which is extremely pertinent to the theme for this year’s nurses week.

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