CK Birla Hospitals to train new nurses in a simulation lab to boost their patient handling skills
Kolkata: An arm of the CK Birla Group, CK Birla Hospitals, which operates The Calcutta Medical Research Institute (CMRI) and BM Birla Heart Research Centre (BMB) in Kolkata and the Rukmani Birla Hospital (RBH) in Jaipur, has recently implemented a simulation lab for nurses joining the profession.
A first in eastern India, the lab will help nurses learn about the various clinical scenarios and the procedures required to be followed during such scenarios as well as in the line of their duty.
As of now, the facility will be available for nurses of the Kolkata-based hospitals, CMRI and BM BIrla Heart Research Centre.
Said Sister Madhukari Ray, Director of Nursing, CMRI, “While pursuing courses in nursing - be it BSC or a Diploma - the focus is more on theory than practical training. The nurses are not acquainted with working with patients. Therefore, when they start working in the hospital ward, they are often scared.”
Yet nurses, often the unsung heroes of any hospital, play a critical role as caregivers. Skilled nurses are an asset to the hospital and a boon for the patients.
Dr Simmardeep S Gill, COO, CK Birla Hospitals too agreed that nurses are the backbone of the health care system and need proper guidance and skill development to provide the best patient care.
“We are extremely proud to launch the Advanced Simulation Nurses Lab at CMRI,” said Dr Gill. “This simulation lab will play an important role in enriching the nurses, which would ultimately help the patients in their recovery. I wish this lab to excel as a happy learning center.”
Simulation is expected to optimize the interplay between people, technology and organization of healthcare.
A simulation based training by well-educated facilitators in a structured environment will enable trainees to receive hands on training, learn how to ensure patient safety, and enjoy an increased level of confidence when they go to work as a nurse in a hospital.
According to the organisation, the facilitator is able to self-instruct and give constructive non-judgmental feedback on level of learning.
The simulator will pit the nurses across various clinical scenarios and cover almost 120 nursing procedures, helping them to assess and manage the patient, identify and prioritize patient problems, and perform key interventions for safe and effective patient care in a simulated environment, said Sister Ray.
“In the simulation lab, everything is practiced on a dummy,” said Sister Ray, “starting right from how to draw blood to various complicated procedures.”
“This facility is right now only for CMRI and BM Birla Hospital. We in future may think of offering the service to other hospitals. All nursing procedures are practiced here. This is also a knowledge bank for nursing,” she said.