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13 May, 2019 00:00 00 AM

Accelerated nursing education; missed opportunities in Bangladesh

MOTILAL DASS, ANJANA CHAUDHARY, ASRUF-UL-JUBAIR
Accelerated nursing education; missed opportunities in Bangladesh

Ms Selina Hossain; works as an Administrative Officer at a local NGO in Dhaka. Her current status in that organization doesn’t comfort her with any hint of satisfaction as she has a dream of other heights. After graduating with Bachelor degree in Social Welfare from a college, she was never in a position which could match with her dreams.

In this circumstances’ she doesn’t have any chance to obtain a second Bachelor Degree as she is now in her 40’s. Otherwise she could have done her second bachelor Degree in just 12 to 18 months with an Accelerated Nursing Program which is now becoming a popular education program in the Western Hemisphere.

In today’s fast pace of life; a growing concern on availability of job seems to be a major issue to all. Graduates from all streams of academic domain are desirous to get a well remunerated designation. When the countries across the globe experience the excruciating pinch of a financial turmoil; subsequently employees from different facets are made redundant and it is only the employees from the health care sectors who are exceptionally left over from being redundant.

One may have to delve into to find out what could be the specific professional area which can entice the health care entrepreneurs for hiring the suitable employees for ensuring the quality care in their organization. In Bangladesh we have approximately 20,000 Registered Nurses which is significantly much less than what we need in order to provide standard nursing care to the patients.

Moreover, the need for nurses is regularly increasing; in addition to these each year a very decent number of clinics and hospitals are sprinting up. To meet the demand of nurses to these healthcare sectors we do require more than triple times of our existing number of nurses whereas the number of other graduates in recent years have up-surged dramatically.

In this regard, if we can attract the graduates of other streams to do nursing with nursing programs, it will surely meet the demand of existing nurses thereby boosting the national revenue. In order to facilitate the graduates to come into nursing profession there could be accelerated nursing program in place.

Accelerated Nursing Education is to speed up the conventional nursing program in a short period of time namely 12 to 18 months with rigorous form of education and keeping required credit hours intact, students receive the same number of clinical hours as their counterparts in traditional programs. In addition to that Accelerated Nursing Program is for people who already have a bachelor or higher degree.

In recent years this form of education has gained much popularity in European and Western countries. To substantiate this opinion the illustration of similar academic programs which are being offered by universities in United States of America can be taken into consideration.

We have vast numbers of individuals who can avail the opportunity to get into nursing profession by undertaking Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing degree program.  

Their input to one of the most demanding sectors of employment can definitely make a palpable difference. It would not only make provisions for education but also create greater number of competent manpower; thus a skilled and dynamic workforce will be in place of rendering qualitative nursing care.

On the contrary, adopting a new career of any kind will always be challenging. But it is more challenging in a third world country like Bangladesh where Nursing is not a profession which provides better compensation and social status. To overcome this situation Bangladesh Government as well as the private organizations need to take some effective initiatives. Presently Nursing; as a career is booming. Besides most of the people consider Nursing as a noble profession.

However, accelerated Nursing Program has some positive features which might be helpful for the people who are willing to accept Nursing as their career. This program is quite straightforward and the participants can get their reward as a second bachelor degree immediately on the completion of the course.

Another strong feature for Accelerated Nursing program is; this program doesn’t require any age limit for people who want to join it to become a Nurse. A research shows that in the coming years, health care would face severe deficiency as a lot of the practicing nurses will retire leaving many vacant posts for the up comers. So it can be said that it is prolific pursuing a career as a nurse as there is an increased demand for nurses in the health sector all around the world.

When Accelerated Nursing Education can imbibe the second degree holders with job facility and create wider avenues to get into nursing profession then why not avail this golden opportunity for being nursing profession. Besides this can be an innovative approach to nursing education that can gain momentum nationwide particularly for non-nursing graduates around the country.

Therefore much attention is needed to disseminate this campaign nationally for the prospective candidates who can be the beneficiary of this unique form of education system.

To sum up the entire view it  can be stated that meeting the needs of health care professionals in our existing sectors its impact have been lucidly accentuated; therefore let us encourage the large group of individuals to come under this arena. We can envision that Accelerated Nursing Education can proliferate nationwide.  

These programs are ideal career transition vehicles for those segments of the labor force who are yet to join in nursing professions. This form of education can create opportunities for many Selina’s in our country.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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