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No need for nurses to participate in 'continuous education' programmes

Monday, April 16, 2018
By Raju Vernekar

In view of the complaints of heavy fees being collected by institutes affiliated to the Maharashtra Nursing Council (MNC) engaged in imparting continuous nursing education (CNE), the state government has temporarily stayed the requirement for nurses to participate in CNE.

The notification dated April 10 issued by state Medical Education and Drugs Department (MEDD) stated that there had been many complaints that heavy fee is being collected by the MNC from nurses working in government and private medical colleges, for workshops organised by them, before renewing their registrations.

There has been no provision in the Maharashtra Nurses Act 1966 that the nurses should participate in the CNE. As such, this requirement is stayed till further notice, the notification added.

Whereas, the MNC in its preamble stated that “Importance of credit points and updating knowledge of nurses has been globally accepted. This is necessary, as the modern nursing science is growing in leaps and bounds and the update for any nurse is necessary for overall societal betterment.
Multi-disciplinary, multi-speciality CNE’s dealing comprehensively with a specific subject will be given due credence for additional credit points. It will be MNC’s endeavour to promote such horizontal teaching activities”.

 However, one of the office bearers of the Municipal Karmachari Kamgar Sena, having its units, in many civic hospitals, claimed that the institutes organising workshops collect more than Rs.500 as participation fee from those attending these workshops. This is punishment for the participants who are already in the field for over two decades, in most of the cases.

Finally, on the job training and long experience makes one perfect. We were opposed to CNE from very beginning because it gives scope to those in the business of opening institutes and colleges to “impart training”. Besides, nurses, already burdened with work, by working in different shifts had to adjust their time to attend to such workshops. Also, finally the seniority is the criteria for promotion. So such additional credit points in no way affect anybody’s efficiency, he claimed.

There are 59 nurses bureaus, including 12 bureaus in Mumbai, who organise workshops for nurses. The MNC is governed by- Maharashtra Nurses Act 1966, Maharashtra Nursing Council Rules, 1971 and Maharashtra Nursing Council By-Laws, 1973. As per Section 3 of the Maharashtra Nurses Act 1966 Act, every person intending to practice as a nurse, has to give notice in writing to the licencing authority, in the month of January every five years to continue with  practice. As per Section 24, every person registered as nurse is required to renew the registration within three months, after the expiration of every five years.

Obtaining registration using false certificate can attract a fine up to two hundred and fifty rupees for the first offence and any subsequent offence, with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees, or with both.

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