Workshop on
Nursing Management of Cardio-thoracic and Vascular Surgeries from April 2-9, 2003

The overall purpose of the workshop is to update and improve upon the knowledge and skills of nurse practitioners of various levels concerning bio-technical advancement and challenges in the area of cardio-thoracic and vascular surgeries.


Policy & Position Statement > Nursesí Role in Planning and Policy Making :
Policy > Strikes - Nursing Identity
Position Statement > Rights of Children - Safeguarding Environment - Substance Abuse/ Drug Abuse - Baby - Friendly Hospital Initiative - Nursing Education - HIV/AIDS - Population Stabilization - Disaster Preparedness - Womenís Health and Development - Nursesí Role in Planning and Policy Making - Nursesí Role in Care of the Elderly - Human Rights - Gender Management System - Safeguarding The Health Of Young People

Nursesí Role in Planning and Policy Making

Health is a fundamental right of every individual in the country. Various factors continue to widen the gap between Health "havesí and "have nots". Lack of adequate Nursing input in the existing health care policy of the Government is one of the factors responsible for this disparity. The Government of India is a signatory to World Health Organisationís (WHO). Alma Ata declaration, Ď Health For All by 2000 ADí (1978).

Since the formulation of the Declaration the Government has been making considerable efforts to promote the peopleís right to health and expanding its health care system of which Nurses are the largest and an important manpower force. As such they have a primary and pivotal role in the delivery of comprehensive health care and medical services at all levels of the countryís health care system.

Nursing is predominantly a "Caring" profession which supports and enables individuals, families, groups and the community to promote, preserve and restore health. Health Services in the realm of Primary-Health Care is a coordinated effort of people and all health professionals. The very nature of Nursesí work places them in the unique position, more than other professionals, to obtain a great deal of relevant information on health matters, while providing close and continued care in hospitals and community health care settings.

Therefore, Nursesí information should be utilised for formulating a realistic national health policy, by including/appointing Nurses on the planning, policy making and administrative bodies of the Government. Nurses as professional practitioners are responsible for and provide direction to Nursing services, coordinate all kinds of health service provided by other health professional and people in a given health care setting including round-the-clock In-patient services and tending to people in the community at all times, even at odd hours and in distant places.

Nurse practitioners do have long and sustained precedence of dedicated team participation with other professionals involved in health care services. Hence it is imperative to include them in planning and policy making bodies at all levels. Professional education of Nurse practitioners prepares them for making independent and timely decisions based on keen observations and factual information.

Therefore, the TNAI believes that deployment of Nurses in planning, policy making, administrative and managerial posts will ensure a meaningful input of Nursing personnelís information, in the overall health care service system of the nation and health organisations at the local, state, regional, national and international levels.

The Trained Nursesí Association of India also advocates the implementation of the Nursing structure that has been recommended by the High Power Committee on ĎNursing and Nursing Professioní in its Report (1989). It further supports the essentiality of Nursesí participation and their appointment/placement on planning and policy making bodies at all levels in State and Central Government/Public Sector/Private Sector, etc.

This will maximise proper utilization of Nursesí potentials, e.g., their expertise, knowledge, skills and vast experience in strengthening the Nursing components of the overall health care system which will have a positive impact on peopleís health as well as enable Nurses to be accountable for their actions and effective services.

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