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Gyandeep Newsletter (First Issue, Jan - Mar)


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Topics covered: Introduction of Gyandeep; The importance of friendship in clinical practice; Nursing patients with acute chest; Interview: In conversation with Mrs Meera Pillai Deependar, Principal, NITTE Usha Institute of Nursing Sciences, Bangalore.

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Gyandeep Newsletter (First Issue, Jan - Mar)

  1. 1. Issue 1: Jan, 2010 CommuniqueMessage from the Chief Custodian Presenting Gyandeep: Elseviers special programme for Gyandeep: Enhancing the quality of care. Principals of Nursing Colleges In the 21st century, nursing At Elsevier, the worlds leading publisher of science and health as a healthcare profession information, we have absolutely no doubt that you hold the key to focuses on the care of the future of this country. It is your leadership that ensures the youth individuals, families, and of the country get the skills and knowledge they need to drive India communities to enable to achieve its full potential in the 21st century. them to attain, maintain, To help you do this, you need faculty with the right skills, facilities to or recover optimal health impact training, conduct research and maintain a storehouse ofand quality of life from birth to the end of life. knowledge in the form of a comprehensive, up-to-date library. ByAnd that is what we at Gyandeep will try and help delivering world-class information and innovative tools, we aim toyou to deliver. increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your library - and nowGyandeep is an initiative brought to you by Elsevier, would like go further to help you fulfill your crucial mission.designed specifically to put world class information A special programme for Principals,and tools right into your hands. Thus helping you Gyandeep, is designed to help youand your community to become increasingly more deal with the plethora of informationeffective and productive in your work. you receive about printed and onlineWe will be doing so, via this regular newsletter publications, and ensure that yourwhich will arrive on your desk every quarter. Our ELSEVIER students and colleagues access the NURSINGaim will be to provide you with information that is C OLLECTION most relevant sources, in the shortestrelevant, up-to-date and comprehensive so you can time, at the least cost.ensure quality care for all, while maintaining yourprofessions credentials, code of ethics, standards, You may have already joined theand competencies and continuing education. Gyandeep initiative, but just in case you havent, we would reallyAt Gyandeep, we are proud to be a part of your appreciate it if you could please fillcommunity and to participate in the advancement in the Gyandeep Acceptance Form toof your field of specialisation. We would also greatly enable us to take your suggestionsappreciate your feedback on this first issue of We express our heartfelt gratitude... and preferences on board. This willGyandeep: Did you find it interesting and informative? ensure that we meet the needs andHow can we improve it? What more can we add requirements of the widest crossby way of topics and subjects relevant to you? section of teaching professionals.We would like to get your opinions and inputs onhow to value-add to it, to make it more involving It would also give us the opportunity to send you a personalisedand knowledgeable for you. Please email us at: welcome gift - our way of welcoming your institute to By sending us the filled in Acceptance Form, you would be part of the growing ranks of healthcare professionals (Principals of Nursing colleges) who have already been welcomed into the Gyandeep family… 300 to date and still counting. Please complete Gyandeep Acceptance FormAjit K Sharma as soon as possible and fax it back to us at 011-41664558Chief Custodian, Gyandeep or e-mail us at Health Sciences, India
  2. 2. Global Round Up: Science & Health News...Across international boundaries…Friendship fosters learning: The importance of friendship in clinical practice An Overview Thirdly, in order to gain knowledge, A Canadian study by Campbell et al. Aims of this participation in valued enterprise is (1994) found two major factors paper: required. And finally, our ability to influence students learning in clinical experience the world and practice: the clinical instructor and • To highlight the importance of engagement with it is ultimately what peer support. friendship to learning is to produce”. student nurses These four aspects are closely linked The students observed each other whilst in together and are particularly performing clinical skills and gave clinical practice. important when applied to the context each other feedback in a positive of learning for student nurses. and supportive way; respondents• To argue that students form their also reported that they depended own parallel community of practice. Mentors act as gatekeepers to what on each other to share• To establish links between the student is allowed to experience experiences, which they asserted, friendships and learning. and traditionally teaching. The helped them to learn learning which takes place betweenLiterature review: Peer support and nursing students in clinical practicePeer learning The notion of informal training would could be said to be informal learningWenger (1998) is of the firm opinion in that there may not be any seem to be entirely applicable to thethat we learn through doing; she awareness of the learning at the time kind of learning which takes place inpresents four important premises it takes place (implicit learning). clinical practice. The basis of theconcerning learning. Firstly, we are The learning may be spontaneous friendship was mutual understandingsocial beings and this is a central and unplanned and although the and awareness of each others needsaspect of learning. Secondly, learner may be aware of it; the level and their experience made it difficultknowledge is linked to competence in of intentionality is questionable for them to talk to other members ofvalued enterprises. (reactive learning). their social world.Nursing patients with acute chest pain: Practice guided by the Prince Edward Islandconceptual model for nursingAn Overview intensity and duration as well as the responsibility of helping to relieve assessment of environmental, patient’s pain. While nursing studentsPain, a complex social and cultural aspects of pain may develop a basic understanding ofphenomenon, (Bird, 2005). what constitutes pain (anything theoriginates from patient says it is) in their training,sensory stimuli, has As the research on pain has students may feel ill equipped when itobvious motivational- comes to implementing pain specificaffective properties, expanded, best practice interventions.demands attention, standards have been establisheddisrupts thought and behavior and which suggest that both Conceptual theoretical empiricalresults in activity aimed to stop the pharmaceutical and non (C-T-E) system, developed by Fawcett is one example of a framework thatpain (Melzack, 1982). More recently, pharmaceutical measures should may help guide nursing students inthe definition of pain has been be used to control patient’s pain their management of pain. C-T-E isexpanded to include it being made up of three key components: (a)subjective, multifaceted and a conceptual model to guideinfluenced by many factors such as In hospital settings, however, the use practice; (b) a middle range theorypersonal experience and culture. For of traditional pharmaceutical (MRT) to address the area of concern;the pain to occur, a stimulus must be measures are more common than and (c) an empirical indicator tostrong enough to exceed the patient’s non-pharmaceutical measures (e.g collect specific data. The benefits ofnormal pain thresholds. thermal measures, massage therapy, using C-T-E systems include reduced staff turnover, more rapid movementKey physiological pain assessment aromatherapy, and meditation). from novice to expert nurse, increasedfactors include: location, type, Nursing students are challenged with patient and family satisfaction.
  3. 3. Recommended Reading Recommended Reading Moroneys Surgery for Tooheys Medicine, 15/e Nurses 17/e -Arnold Bloom -Chintamani, Elsa Sanatombi Devi In spite of recent changes in The seventeenth edition of this nursing education, nurses still popular book has incorporated the need to know about medicine to advanced modalities of diagnosis understand their work with and treatment of surgical patients. It is a short textbook of conditions, while retaining the medicine written by medical experts, but read by nurses. original flavor of this book.This book promises to It has been written in consultation with nurses and covers encourage a nursing student to learn the science and art exactly the medical knowledge that they require. of surgery in a simplified and comprehensive way. In conversation with... curriculum the right way. A: • Demonstration of nursing skills Q: What do you see as the over- • Clinical Training riding role of a Principal in • Laboratory Training helping students develop • Practical training should be academic, personal and under close clinical supervision ethical values? Q: Are there any recent articles, A: Basically, today is the era of books, people or conferences knowledge explosion, and we try that have impacted your to give independence to students professional life?Mrs. Meera Pillai, Principal,Nitte Usha Inst of Nursing Sciences, to learn and encourage them to A: Its not one article or book whichNitte Med. Sciences Complex, learn. We keep a check on influence the practice, but theKottekar Beeri Road, Paneer, whether the curriculum is being hands on experience which weDeralakatte, Mangalore, Karnataka implemented along with the get by attending some participation of faculty. workshops. Unfortunately, theseQ: What is the vision statement of Q: What do you find is your biggest Credit based workshops which this college? And how does it fit challenge as a Principal? And give weightage to practice or in with your personal educational what would be your most allow to work on patients are not philosophy? important goals? held in India.A: The vision statement is that the A: The biggest challenge is to see Q: What was the biggest Indian Nurses standard should that nursing students are getting accomplishment/failure which be at par with the Global objective based learning, they you would consider a stepping standard, they should be should be able to deliver what stone in your career? technically sound, should have they are expected to deliver. The A: Achievement – To bring the research and evidence based most important goal is to institute up to the expectation of skills. My personal philosophy is inculcate professional the vision of the college. Failure- relevant to this vision because my accountability in students. Gap between principal and aim is to give clinical education, students, also credit based skills methodological training to the Teachers can impart are not practiced here. students with the involvement of better education through Q: Who is/are your role model(s)? the teachers. demonstration of nursing skills, A: My teachers. Actually I am fromQ: What has been your experience Clinical Training, Laboratory the Army and we have a very with the present curriculum? How are you utilizing this Training and Practical training good system in the Army. experience at the college? should be under close Q: What are your plans for theA: Im ok with the present curriculum clinical supervision college in the next 5 - 10 years? but with the increasing number of A: The plans for the colleges are colleges there is no uniformity in Q: What are the important methods decided by the university and the standard of implementing the and inputs that can help teachers they lay down the rules which are curriculum. Im utilizing my impart excellence in education to to be followed by the teachers experience to implement the their students? and the students.
  4. 4. Q: Could you tell us a little bit about with them so that they dont feel collective decisions and we dont yourself? Your academic pressurized and know that they usually take unilateral decisions. highlights? Your personal can approach us for help. Q: When any student transgresses, is philosophy vis-à-vis educating Q: Would you consider yourself a he/she given a second chance to the young? mentor and friend or do you make good?A: I have done my specialization in believe in keeping a certain A: We always go by the university Psychiatry, doing my PhD; I have distance between yourself and decision and the rules laid down retired voluntarily from Army as a your students? by university are treated as final. Lt. Colonel in 2003. My personal A: I would prefer to be a mentor Q: Do you believe that everything in philosophy is to “Do your Best”, and there should a gap between the college has to be as per the try to bring about change and as students and the teachers which letter of the law? a teacher you have to be firm is necessary to inculcate A: No, I think there should always and at the same time be student discipline among them. be some scope of flexibility so friendly. Q: Do you listen to your students? that the rules can be modifiedQ: Do you consider your students as Ask for their suggestions and and one doesnt feel suffocated. being family? What is the role of inputs? Or is the Principals word Q: How did you find the program discipline in your students life? the final decision on any subject? and your feedback on this?A: Yes, because some students A: Yes, I do listen to the students A: This program is really useful and come to me for suggestions as and there are cases when it has created a common they feel comfortable talking to students come to me for platform by which the colleges me. We do have to make our suggestions. No, the Principals can directly approach the students disciplined and at the decision is not the final one. In publishers for their books and same time have to be friendly fact, by and large, we take journal requirement. Our Mission Gyandeep Help Desk: A Contact Point To build a community of leaders Meet Dr. Jasneet, Gyandeep - Relationship Manager in the nursing profession. We would like to introduce To build a community of leaders who can Dr. Jasneet, who will be your interact & share first line of contact at Gyandeep. knowledge and Dr. Jasneet will be happy to answer expertise amongst your queries, provide touch points, nursing professionals. help to gather relevant information - in short, facilitate interaction between Gyandeep and our community of professionals. We would like to hear from you. We look forward to your feedback on the healthcare To enable Gyandeep to better serve your needs and industry as well as your suggestions on what we can do requirements, it is imperative that we get feedback from to enhance and improve Gyandeep. And as we are keen you: to collaborate with your institute by helping your faculty publish with us, we will be happy to receive articles to be 1 Your opinions on the subjects we feature published by us. 2 Your suggestions on how to keep enhancing and To contact us, please call Dr. Jasneet at: improving the look and feel of every issue 011-46074929 3 Your take on new and innovative thinking and theories in the areas of education and information 011-41664558 management All these are of great importance to us, so please email or call us at the mentioned contact points. Elsevier, a division of Reed Elsevier India Private Limited 14th floor, Building No. 10B, DLF Cyber City, Phase-II, Gurgaon, Haryana, India-122002 Tel: +91-124-4774444 Fax: +91-124-4774100 E-mail: Website: