Qualification: 
MSc Nursing
sheelapavithran@aims.amrita.edu

Prof. Sheela Pavithran is currently working as Professor cum Vice Principal at Amrita College of Nursing, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. She associates with the institution since 2002. She graduated from the Institute of Health Sciences, Mangalore and completed her Masters from Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal University. She worked in Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal, from 1992 to 2002 in various capacities from Clinical Instructor to Assistant Professor. After leaving Manipal, she joined Amrita College of Nursing as Associate Professor. She was appointed as Acting Principal from May 31, 2006 to October 24, 2006 for the interim management of the college. From December 2005 onwards, she is working as Professor cum Vice-Principal.

Awards

  • Received Best Theses Award (Silver medal) - “Evaluative study on the effectiveness of incentive spirometry and deep breathing exercise on pulmonary function.”

Professional Experience

Total Teaching Experience

  • Amrita College of Nursing: 18 years
  • Manipal College of Nursing: 10 years

Areas of Interest in Teaching

  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Nursing Research

Areas of Interest in Research

  • Cancer care
  • Issues of elderly
  • Cardiovascular interventions

Major Workshops /Conference/Webinars Organised

  • Organizing Committee Member - Amrita International Public Health e-Conference 2020 on “Healthy Ageing: Knowledge to Action”.
  • Co-ordinator - International webinar on “Viability of Virtual Examinations in Nursing - an Introspection” Part I & II.
  • Co-ordinator - National Forum on Nursing Research – an Introspection
  • Organizing Committee Member - International conference on “Obesity – a Multifaceted Approach”
  • Programme Committee Member -  NAAC sponsored seminar on “Curriculum Design for Sustainable and Societal Development: a Road Map”.
  • Organizing Committee Member - Third National Conference of Infusion Nurses’ Society of India (An international affiliate of INS, US).
  • Emergency Nursing (DGHS aided)
  • Educational Technology (DGHS aided)
  • Organising committee member in workshop on Drug safety issues in health care conducted in collaboration with Dept. of Pharmacology and School of Pharmacy, AMRITA

Resource Person in

  • National conference on “Prevention of Workplace Violence in Health Care Setting” organized by Sree Rama Himalayan College of Nursing, SRHU, Uttarakhand.
  • National conference on Geriatric Nursing “Adding Life to Years and Years to Life” on 8th  and 9th of September 2010.
  • DGHS aided workshop on Emergency nursing conducted in Amrtia College of Nursing
  • DGHS aided workshop on Educational Technology conducted in Amrtia College of Nursing
  • DGHS aided workshop on Management technique conducted in Amrtia College of Nursing
  • DGHS workshop on Educational technology at Manipal College of Nursing

Education

Year of Passing Degree Name of the Board/University
1997 M Sc Nursing Manipal Academy of Higher Education (Manipal University)
1992 B Sc Nursing Mangalore University

Professional Experience

Year Affiliation
May 2005 - To date Professor cum Vice Principal, Amrita College of Nursing, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
May 2006 - Oct 2006 Acting Principal, Amrita College of Nursing, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Mar 2003 - Dec 2005 Associate Professor, Amrita College of Nursing, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Dec 1999 - Dec 2003 Assistant Professor, Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal University
Sep 1997 - Dec 1999 Lecturer, Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal University
Sep 1999 - Sep 1999 Assistant Lecturer, Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal University
Jun 1993 - Sep 1997 Assistant Lecturer, Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal University
Jun 1992 - Jun 1993 Clinical Instructor, Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal University

Responsibilities Undertaken

Administrative

  • Assisting in the college administration in planning, implementing and evaluating the institutional objectives and activities
  • Plan various departmental activities and ensures the implementation of the same in discussion with other faculty members of the department
  • Acts as Vice-Chairperson of the Exam control division and co-ordinate the examination process
  • NAAC school level co-ordinator since the beginning of the NAAC accreditation process of the Institution
  • School level co-ordinator of IQAC

Academic

  • Systematically plan and conduct the Undergraduate and Post graduate programmes specific batches
  • Evaluate the progress of the programme periodically in consultation with the faculty involved and take corrective steps as needed
  • Conducts teaching session for both undergraduate and post graduate programmes
  • Guide Post graduate theses and projects
  • Clinical supervision of Undergraduate and Post graduate students
  • Revision and modification of the curricula of the Undergraduate and Post graduate programmes
  • Collaborate with departments within the institution and external sources as needed for the implementation of teaching learning and evaluation process
  • Involved in the revision and reformation of evaluation system

Other Responsibilities

  • Kerala Nurses and Midwives council inspector
  • Member in Board of studies, Amrita College of Nursing
  • Member in the School level UG and PG programmes
  • Member in the Curriculum committee – involved in the preparation of the curriculum of the Post Basic B Sc Nursing and modification of the B Sc and M Sc Nursing programmes
  • Member in Research Committee of the College - scrutinizes the research proposal and approve the research problems.
  • Member in various other committees like Campus Level Sexual Harassment Committee, Student Welfare Committee, Member of Counselling Committee, Health Committee.
  • Took part in pass board meetings in M G University, Kottayam, Kerala
  • Internal examiner in Institution examinations for UG and PG Nursing
  • External Examiner for UG and PG Nursing Examinations in and outside the state – Manipal University, Kerala University, Mahatma Gandhi University, Calicut University

Publications

Publication Type: Journal Article

Year of Publication Title

2020

Prof. Sheela Pavithran, MV, S., and R, S., “Oral Health related quality of life of patients on chemotherapy”, Biomedical Pharmacology Journal, 2020.[Abstract]


Chemotherapy is a systemic treatment to combat primarily the disease sites, metastatic areas and possibly microscopic spread of disease. Along with the cancer cells, many actively dividing normal cells of the body are also destroyed. The current study, oral health related quality of life of patients on chemotherapy, a survey design was conducted with the aim to determine the impact of chemotherapy on oral-health and compare the OHRQoL of life at baseline, at Cycle III and V of chemotherapy. The study subjects included 60 patients receiving chemotherapy from the chemotherapy unit selected by total enumeration sampling. Oral-health status was assessed using Oral Health Impact Questionnaire. Study reported a gradual decline in the OHRQoL as the cycle of chemotherapy advanced (mean – 21.78 + 23.38, 28.02 + 21.24 and 34.33 + 21.45 at baseline, cycle III and V respectively). Statistically significant difference was noted in all the seven domains of OHRQoL between baseline, cycle III and V (p<0.01). Factors like co-morbidity, oral hygiene, presence of decayed, missing and sensitive teeth were significantly associated with OHRQoL (p<0.05). Hence, it is evident that chemotherapy pause a serious impact on the oral health. Keeping in view impact of chemotherapy on the oral health, assessment of the oral cavity must be part of the routine assessment of all the patients receiving chemotherapy and if necessary, consultation of a dentist must be done.

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2018

A. Arya Medakkel and Prof. Sheela Pavithran, “Vibration Perception Threshold Values and Clinical Symptoms of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy”, Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, vol. 12, no. 5, pp. YC05-YC08, 2018.[Abstract]


Introduction: Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN) causes damage to the peripheral nerves. Vibration Perception Threshold (VPT) helps to test the loss of protective sensation of the nerves.

Aim: To find the association between VPT values and clinical symptoms of DPN.

Materials and Methods: The descriptive study assessed association between the VPT values and clinical symptoms of 220 diabetic patients selected by purposive sampling. The VPT was measured by a sensitometer. A metal probe was placed under the toes of the patient and the voltage was increased gradually from zero and the transition from no vibration to the point of vibration is marked as VPT. Average of three measurements were taken to calculate the VPT value of the given patient. The VPT values were graded as ‘normal’ (<15v), ‘mild’ (15-20v), ‘moderate’ (20-25v) and >25 as ‘severe’ neuropathy. Data were collected using S-LANSS pain score and questionnaire on clinical symptoms of DPN. Frequency and percentage were used to analyse the sample characteristics and Fishers exact to find the association between VPT values and the clinical symptoms. Pearson’s correlation was computed between the VPT value and number of neuropathic symptoms.

Results: Almost all 219 (99.5%) the patients were symptomatic and a moderate positive correlation (r=+0.59) was found between VPT values and clinical symptoms of DPN. Sensory symptoms were observed in 96.5% of patients. Clinical symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy such as unsteadiness, slipping of foot from chappal, tingling, callus, dry skin, cut/ulcer, hyper pigmentation, black discolouration, oedema, pin and needle sensation (plantar), muscle cramps, night symptoms, osteomyelitis were significantly associated with VPT value. There was a positive correlation between VPT values and the number of symptoms of DPN (r=0.590).

Conclusion: Diabetic patients are at risk for DPN and proper foot care is mandatory to prevent foot complications and probable amputation. So, VPT score can be considered an indicator of DPN and be used to identify high-risk patients.

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2017

Prof. Sheela Pavithran, A, E. S., and R, R., “Case control to identify the risk factors of chronic kidney disease”, International Journal of Pharma and Bio Sciences, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 512-516, 2017.

2017

Anooja Antony and Prof. Sheela Pavithran, “Taste Alterations and Quality of Life of Patients Recieving Chemotherapy”, Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research, vol. 10, no. 12, pp. 380-383, 2017.[Abstract]


Objective: The study was conducted with the aim to determine the taste alteration (TA) and its relation with quality of life (QOL) of patients receiving chemotherapy. Methods: The present study was undertaken among 100 patients receiving cancer chemotherapy with the aim of identifying the commonly experienced TA and its relation with QOL of the patients. The patients were selected by convenience sampling from a selected Cancer Institute in Kerala. Results: The study reported that TA was present in all the patients receiving chemotherapy ranging from mild to severe where 50% had moderate and 9% had severe alteration in taste. There were 19% patients who had poor and 45% who had average QOL. The TAs had a moderately negative correlation with QOL (r=−0.51) indicating that an increase in TA decreases the QOL. Conclusion: The study evinces that TA is a common side effect of chemotherapy which often impacts the QOL negatively. Hence, it is essential to understand the types of TA and the specific drug causing it. This will enable the health-care team members to develop treatments for these conditions and educate patients regarding the strategies to be adopted to manage the problem, thereby improving patients’ QOL. Keywords: Chemotherapy, Taste alterations, Quality of life, Chemotherapy-induced taste alteration scale, Side effects of chemotherapy

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2017

S. E, Prof. Sheela Pavithran, and R, R., “Case Control Study to Identify The Risk Factors of Chronic Kidney Disease”, International Journal of Pharma and Bio Sciences, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 512-516, 2017.[Abstract]


Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a global issue and its risk factors differ between races and countries. The increase in incidence of CKD in the last decade attributes to the lifestyle changes which need to be identified. It is worth understanding the risk factors in India where there is diversity in the income, food, cultural traditions and lifestyle habits. This “case control study to assess the risk factors of chronic kidney disease among adults” was conducted among 200 subjects with the objectives to identify the risk factors of chronic kidney disease and to estimate the exposure to risk factors among patients with and without chronic kidney disease using retrospective survey design. The data were collected using a structured questionnaire and analysed using Odd’s ratio (OR). The findings show that age (OR-2.6675, CI-95%, 1.443-4.957) and family history of CKD (OR-4.846, CI-95%, 1.020-23.0228) were the non-modifiable risk factors. Co-morbidities like hypertension (OR-18.971, CI-95%, 9.235-38.969), diabetes mellitus (OR- 3.618, CI-95%, 2.017-6.490), coronary artery disease (OR-11.821, CI-95%, 4-34.933), urinary tract infections (OR-5.664, CI-95%, 2.460-13.043) and use of analgesics (OR-6, CI-95%, 2.186-16.467) were major modifiable risk factors. Modifiable risk factors play an important role in the development of CKD. So screening the patients at risk for CKD should be emphasized and treating the modifiable risk factors at an early stage will help to reduce the incidence and or progression of the disease. Prevention and control should also focus on the life style habits.

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2016

, Prof. Sheela Pavithran, and k, A., “Foot reflexology as an add on intervention on pain among women having undergone mastectomy”, The nursing Journal of India, vol. CVII, 2016.

2016

V. G, Prof. Sheela Pavithran, and M, S. K., “Risk factors and measures to prevent ventilator associated events among mechanical ventilated patients in selected ICU’s of a tertiary care hospital”, International Journal of Nursing Education and research, vol. 4, no. 4, 2016.

2016

M. M. A. and Prof. Sheela Pavithran, “Effectiveness of a Self-Instructional Module on Knowledge Regarding Rehabilitation Among Patients With Ileal Conduit at AIMS”, International Journal of Pharam and Bio Sciences, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 1018 - 1021, 2016.[Abstract]


Ileal conduit is the most common surgical procedure performed for individuals after surgical removal of the bladder for severe trauma or malignancy, a congenital defect of the urinary tract, and neurogenic nonfunctioning bladder in which other methods to maintain urinary flow are unsatisfactory. This urinary diversion being permanent, knowledge and skill in the self care and rehabilitation is very important. The present one group pretest-posttest study on “Effectiveness of a self-instructional module on knowledge regarding rehabilitation among patients with ileal conduit” conducted through telephonic interview among 30 patients selected by purposive sampling showed a statistically significant improvement in knowledge regarding rehabilitation (t(29)=16.279, p&lt;0.05). Problems with personal relationship (76.7%), body image disturbance (76.7%), constipation (63.3%), foul smelling urine (26.7%) and infection (20%) were the major problems faced by the patients with ileal conduit. The study report that the self–instructional module is an effective means to improve the knowledge and useful as subjects could read and clear their doubt at their own pace.

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2016

Prof. Sheela Pavithran, Raju, N., Krishna, P., and Raj, R., “Awareness Regarding Procurement, Storage and Handling of Organs for Transplantation Among Students of Nursing Programme at Amrita”, World Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, vol. 5, no. 7, pp. 1388-1398, 2016.[Abstract]


Study regarding awareness on procurement, storage and handling of organs for transplantation among the students of nursing programmes, a descriptive study was conducted with the objectives to 1) determine the level of awareness of students regarding procurement, storage and handling of organs for transplantation, 2) find the association between level of awareness and selected variables and 3) prepare an information booklet on procurement, storage and handling of organs for transplantation. Data were collected from 60 Undergraduate and Post- Graduate nursing students selected by disproportionate stratified random sampling using a structured knowledge questionnaire. Level of awareness was categorized as poor, average and good. Data were analyzed using frequency, percentage and chi- squares. The study results indicate that majority (33, 55%) of the students had average level of awareness and none had good level of awareness. The mean awareness score was 10.3 against the maximum score of 31. Procurement (77%) and storage of the organs (70%) were the major areas of poor awareness. The Post-Graduate [MSc (N)] students had better knowledge followed by Post Basic B Sc (N). Steady increase in level of knowledge was observed in the Undergraduate programme where 60% fourth year students had average level of awareness followed by II and III year BSc (N) with 27%. Out of the 60 students only (37%) were willing to donate their organs while they are alive, but majority (90%) were willing to donate their organs after death. No association was found between level of awareness and selected variables (p&gt;0.05). The findings of the study suggest the need for awareness regarding different aspects of organ donation.

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2016

Krishna S Nair, Prof. Sheela Pavithran, and Regina Antony, “Risk Factors and its Awareness Among Patients with Colorectal Cancer”, Kerala Nursing Forum, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 35-41, 2016.[Abstract]


The present study was conducted among colorectal cancer patients to assess the risk factors and its awareness among patients with colorectal cancer. The objectives of the study were to estimate the presence of risk factors among patients with colorectal cancer, determine the knowledge of risk factors among patients with colorectal cancer, and find the association between the risk factors and selected variables. A descriptive research design was used to study 50 patients with colorectal cancer attending the oncology department of a selected tertiary care hospital. The findings revealed that majority of the subjects having colorectal cancer were &gt;50 years (62%) and were males(60%) . Majority of the subjects had comorbidities like hypertension 17(34%), and diabetic mellitus 16(32%). Seventeen(34%) subjects had the habit of smoking and alcoholism. Majority of the subjects 45(90%) were non vegetarians 47(94%) included vegetarians diet and 30(66.7%) of the non-vegetarians were consuming red meat once a week. There were 14(28%) subjects who did not perform any exercises. Only 24(48%) of the subjects had good knowledge about colorectal cancer but none of the subjects had poor knowledge. No Significant association was observed between risk factors and selected variables.

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2015

S. Paul, Prof. Sheela Pavithran, and Anjana A. P., “Body image, Self esteem and Social functioning among women after Mastectomy”, Kerala Nursing Forum, vol. 10, 2 vol., pp. 38-47 , 2015.

2015

J. W and Prof. Sheela Pavithran, “Correlational Study on Emotional Intelligence and Academic Performance of Nursing Students in a Selected College of Nursing”, International Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Health Care, vol. 4, no. 5, 2015.[Abstract]


Emotional Intelligence (EI), often measured as an Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EQ), describes ability, capacity, skill or a self-perceived ability, to identify, assess, and manage the emotions of one's self, of others, and of groups.The study is titled “Correlational study on emotional intelligence and academic performance of nursing students in a selected college of nursing, Kochi”. The objectives were 1) to determine the emotional intelligence of the nursing students. 2) to determine the academic performance of the nursing students. 3) to correlate the emotional intelligence and the academic performance of the nursing students. 4) to determine influencing factors of emotional intelligence and academic performance. Methodology: A quantitative approach, descriptive correlational design, among 90 nursing students who were selected by stratified random sampling technique and the data were collected using an Emotional intelligence questionnaire. Results:Overall academic performance has a positive correlation between adaptability(0.540), achievement (0.539), conflict management (0.549), teamwork and collaboration (0.553), influence (0.660). Correlation between the emotional intelligence and academic performance during higher secondary level of the students shows a significant positive correlation in the ability to adapt (r=0.500) and achievement (r=0.508). Correlation between the emotional intelligence and academic performance during the previous year of the nursing students shows a significant positive correlation in the area of conflict management (r=0.544). The association between emotional intelligence and socio demographic variables shows that except gender (p&gt;0.05), none of the variables are associated with EQ and in regard of academic performance, it has no association with any of the socio demographic variables (p&gt;0.05). Conclusions: Nursing students who were more emotionally intelligent performed better in both the continuous assessments and the final professional examination. Therefore, it is possible that emotional skill development may enhance nursing students' academic performance.

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2014

N. Surendran, Prof. Sheela Pavithran, and C. M. SijiMol, “Self Medication Practice and Related Knowledge Among Students of Selected Nursing Institutions”, vol. 3, 2014.[Abstract]


Study to assess the self-medication practice and related knowledge among nursing students was conducted among 200 subjects using descriptive design. Subjects were selected through stratified random sampling technique from five selected nursing institutions at Ernakulam district of Kerala, India and prevalidated semistructured questionnaire related to various aspects of self-medication was used for data collection. The data were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Self-medication was reported among 63% of the nursing students. The respondents who used self-medication found it to be using for minor ailments. The most common ailments for which self-medication was practiced include fever (58%) and pain (40%). Antipyretics (72%), analgesics (48%) and antacids (28%) were the most common self-medication medicines used. Of the respondents, 3% experienced adverse reactions as a result of self-medication practice. The present study reports that the prevalence of self-medication among nursing students was high and a significant number of students are unaware of the adverse effects of the medication that they themselves take and suggest to others. Therefore, potential problems of self-medication should be emphasized to the students.

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2014

S. V. S and Prof. Sheela Pavithran, “Sexual Dysfunction among Patients With and Without Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia”, International Journal of Pharma Medicine and Biological Sciences, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 17-20, 2014.[Abstract]


Study to assess the sexual dysfunction among patients with and without Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia was conducted among 100 subjects using descriptive comparative design Samples were selected by purposive sampling. Data were collected using International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) and Brief Male Sexual Function Inventory (BMSFI). Results: The study result show that the major sexual dysfunctions among the subjects were erectile dysfunction followed by decreased sexual drive. A statistically significant difference in sexual dysfunction were observed between the patient with BPH and without BPH (sexual drive - χ 2(1) = 26.813, p &amp;lt; 0.05; erectile function - χ 2(1) = 27.750, p &amp;lt; 0.05; ejaculatory function - χ 2(1) = 33.512, p &amp;lt; 0.05) and in the overall satisfaction χ 2(1) = 10.81, p &amp;lt; 0.05). Duration of diabetes was also found to be significantly associated with sexual drive and erectile function (p &amp;lt; 0.05). The present study reveals that sexual dysfunction is present in BPH patients at various levels.

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2014

T. D. Indhumol, Prof. Sheela Pavithran, and George, L. K., “Effectiveness of Structured Teaching Programme on Knowledge Regarding Prevention of Urinary Tract Infection among Adolescent Girls”, International Journal of Pharma Medicine and Biological Sciences, vol. 3, pp. 121-126, 2014.[Abstract]


Effectiveness of structured teaching program on knowledge regarding prevention of urinary tract infection was conducted among 119 adolescent girls (experimental 56 and control 63) using quantitative pre test-post test control group design. Subjects were selected by one stage cluster sampling. Data were collected using structured uestionnaire. Results: The study result showed statistically significant difference in gain in knowledge regarding prevention of urinary tract infection in the experimental group who had attended the structured teaching program (t(117) = 4.973, p< 0.001). Amount of water intake per day, voiding habits and hygienic practice during menstruation were the main contributing factors identified in the study population. Knowledge was significantly associated with the contributing factors of urinary tract infection like frequency of voiding during school hours (χ2 (1)= 12.930, p<0.05), voiding in unclean toilet (χ2 (1)=12.296, p<0.05), taking bath during menstruation (χ2 (1)= 5.761, p<0.05) and cleaning genitalia during enstruation (χ2 (1)= 4.145, p<0.05).

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2000

Prof. Sheela Pavithran, “Effectiveness of Incentive Spirometry and Deep Breathing Exercise in Improving Pulmonary Function”, Journal of Midwifery and Nursing, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 19-22, 2000.

Publication Type: Conference Proceedings

Year of Publication Title

2015

Prof. Sheela Pavithran and CM, S., “Sensory perceptual alteration among patients admitted in critical care units”, International conference on Evidence Informed Practice: an Approach to Healthcare Reform. p. 49, 2015.

2015

Prof. Sheela Pavithran, Raju, N., Krishna, P., and Raj, R., “Awareness Regarding Procurement, Storage and Handling of Organs for Transplantation Among Students of Nursing Programme at Amrita”, National conference on Organ transplantation Together, Towards Tomorrow . p. 65, 2015.[Abstract]


Study regarding awareness on procurement, storage and handling of organs for transplantation among the students of nursing programmes, a descriptive study was conducted with the objectives to 1) determine the level of awareness of students regarding procurement, storage and handling of organs for transplantation, 2) find the association between level of awareness and selected variables and 3) prepare an information booklet on procurement, storage and handling of organs for transplantation. Data were collected from 60 Undergraduate and Post- Graduate nursing students selected by disproportionate stratified random sampling using a structured knowledge questionnaire. Level of awareness was categorized as poor, average and good. Data were analyzed using frequency, percentage and chi- squares. The study results indicate that majority (33, 55%) of the students had average level of awareness and none had good level of awareness. The mean awareness score was 10.3 against the maximum score of 31. Procurement (77%) and storage of the organs (70%) were the major areas of poor awareness. The Post-Graduate [MSc (N)] students had better knowledge followed by Post Basic B Sc (N). Steady increase in level of knowledge was observed in the Undergraduate programme where 60% fourth year students had average level of awareness followed by II and III year BSc (N) with 27%. Out of the 60 students only (37%) were willing to donate their organs while they are alive, but majority (90%) were willing to donate their organs after death. No association was found between level of awareness and selected variables (p&gt;0.05). The findings of the study suggest the need for awareness regarding different aspects of organ donation.

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Publication Type: Conference Paper

Year of Publication Title

2015

Prof. Sheela Pavithran, “Awareness regarding procurement, storage and handling of organs for transplantation among students of nursing programme, with a view to prepare an information booklet”, in National Conference on Organ Transplant: Together, Towards Tomorrow , Amrita College of Nursing in Collaboration with transplant team, AIMS, Kochi, 2015.

Workshop/Conference/Webinars Attended/Organized/Conducted

  1. Attended national webinar - :Natural Resource: Cherish or Perish” organized by Amrita College of Nursing, on February 25, 2021 through online platform ZOOM 
  2. Participated in webinar - “Antimicrobial Resistance – a Growing Concern” organized by Amrita College of Nursing, on November 18, 2020 through online platform ZOOM 
  3. Participated in webinar - “Virtual Clinical Learning in Nursing during Covid 19 (Part I)” organized by Amrita College of Nursing on September 19, 2020 through online platform ZOOM
  4. Attended conference - “Clinical Research in Nursing” organized by the Dept. of Nursing Research, GRT School and College of Nursing, Tamil Nadu through the online platform ZOOM on August 3, 2020.
  5. Attended national webinar - ”Examination During COVID-19 Pandemic” organized by C.H.M.E. Society’s Bhonsala Institute of Nursing, Nashik through the online platform ZOOM on July 25, 2020.
  6. Attended webinar -     “Superbug: The Upcoming Pandemic” by Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Singh, Medical Superintendent, AIMS Kochi on June 18, 2020 through YouTube.
  7. Health Research Methodology – Short course conducted by Dept. of Health Sciences Research, AIMS from October 6 to February 4, 2020.
  8. Attended Scientific writing short course organized by Dept. of Community Medicine, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Kochi.
  9. Participated in National conference - “Prevention of Workplace Violence in Healthcare Setting” conducted by Sree Rama Himalyan College of Nursing, Dehradun, from February 15- 16, 2019.
  10. Participated in the State Level Conference on “Biostatistics in Medical Research” organized by Govt. College of Nursing, Alappuzha from January 11-12, 2019.
  11. Organized and participated in the “National Forum on Nursing Researc” conducted by Amrita College of Nursing at AIMS, on December 12, 2018.
  12. Participated in the International Conference: “Nurses and Midwives for Universal Health Coverage” organized by Indian Nursing Council in collaboration with Jhpiego (Endorsed by International Council of Nurses) at Erosh International, Delhi from November 29 to December 1, 2018.
  13. Participated in “Premier BioMedical Research Solutions for 21st Century” organized by EBSCO Information services at Marriott International,, Ernakulam on November 13, 2018.
  14. Participated in “AMRITA International Public Health Conference 2018” organized by Dept. of Community Medicine, AIMS on November 3, 2018.
  15. Participated – ”Management Development Programme on Gamification in Learning and Development” conducted by School of Management, CUSAT from May 21-22, 2018.
  16. Attended Dissemination programme of National Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical and Health Research involving Human Participants and National Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Children 2017 Organized by National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research (NCDIR), Bangalore and Clinical Development Services Agency (CDSA), Faridabad in collaboration with Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala on February 22, 2018.
  17. Participated in the International Conference - “Obesity – “A Multifaceted Approach” conducted by Amrita College of Nursing, from December 1-2, 2017.
  18. Attended workshop - “Student Assignments – an Introspection for Better Reflective Clinical Practice” organized by Amrita College of Nursing on May 26, 2017.
  19. Participated in  3T-IBHSc Training Course for Health Science Faculty (The Indian Programme of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics [Haifa] Organized by  Bioethics Unit of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi from February 20- 22, 2017.
  20. Attended conference – “AIMS Research Synergy Day” organized by Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Kochi on October 7, 2016.
  21. Programme Committee Member - National Seminar on “Curriculum Development for Sustainable Development: A Road Map” organized by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University, Ettimadai, from August 12-13, 2016.
  22. Attended Seminar - “Student Care Project” (an initiative to rehabilitate students of drug addiction) organized by Kochi City Police on July 16, 2016.
  23. Participated in Workshop on” Safe Blood Transfusion: Safe Transfusion Saves Life” organized by Amrita College of Nursing on July 9, 2016.
  24. Attended National Workshop - “Role of Accreditation and Audit in Higher Education Institutions” organized by Internal Quality Assurance Cell, Rajagiri School of Engineering and Technology, Kochi on June 30 and July 1, 2016.
  25. Core committee member – “National Conference on Organ Transplantation: Together, Towards Tomorrow” organized by Amrita College of Nursing, Kochi from November 20-21, 2015.
  26. Attended - 19th National conference on ”Nursing Research: A Pathway to Quality Improvement in Healthcare” conducted by Nursing Research Society of India from October 29-31, 2015 held at Father Muller’s College of Nursing, Mangalore.
  27. Attended National Symposium – “Transformative Curriculum in Nursing: Shaping the Future Nurses” organized by Bishop Benziger College of Nursing, Kollam on  August 8, 2015.
  28. Attended CNE – “Organ Transplant” conducted by CNE Cell of Lakeshore Hospital and Research Centre, Ernakulum on April 9, 2015.
  29. Attended Pre-conference workshop by Dr. Denise F Polit on “Research Methods” organized by by Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal on January 23, 2015.
  30. Participated in International Conference on “Evidence Informed Practice: an Approach to Healthcare Reform” conducted by Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal, from January 24-25, 2015.
  31. Organizing committee member - Third National Conference of Infusion Nurses’ Society of India (An international affiliate of INS, US) organized by Amrita Institute of Medial Sciences s and Research Centre, from November 21-22, 2014.
  32. Attended workshop - “Research Skills in Nursing: Filling the Gap” organized by CNE Cell, Amrita College of Nursing on January 8, 2013. 
  33. Attended International CTO Summit 2012 conducted Dept. of Cardiology, Amrita Institute of Medial Sciences, Kochi on December 17, 2012.
  34. Attended International Symposium – ”Strengthening of Healthcare Delivery and Improving Healthcare Outcomes in India” Linking Nursing and Public Health conducted by Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital and University of Minnesota Academic Health Centre, USA at Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital, Bangalore, from December 7-8, 2012. 
  35. Participated in the National conference - Geriatric Nursing “Adding Life to Years and Years to Life” conducted by Amrita College of Nursing, from September 8-9, 2010.
  36. Attended International Conference – “Qualitative Research Methods” organized by Omayal Achi College of Nursing. Chennai, from January 11-12, 2010.
  37. Attended National Conference – “Theory Application in Nursing Practice: Bridging the Gap” organized by M S Ramaiah Institute of Nursing Education and Research, Bangalore, from February 16-17, 2008.
  38. Co-ordinator and Resource Person for two DGHS aided Workshop on Emergency Nursing organized by Amrita College of Nursing from February 26- March 7, 2009 and March 16- April 4, 2009.
  39. Organizing committee member - Continuing Medical Education Programme on “Drug Safety Issues in Healthcare” organized jointly by Dept. of Pharmacology - School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy and Pharmacy Services and, College of Nursing and Nursing Services, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi on November 12, 2007.
  40. Participated in Workshop – “Human Resource Development: Assertiveness Training” organized by Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal on January 11, 2003.
  41. Attended NRSI National workshop - “Evidence Based Nursing and Midwifery Practice” organized by K.L.E. Society’s Institute of Nursing Sciences, Belgaum, Karnataka from October 21-23, 2002.
  42. Participated in Continuing Education - ‘How to Organize an Educational Workshop” Organized by Department of Continuing Education, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur College of Nursing, New Delhi from March 26-30, 2002.

Paper/Poster Presentations (Conference Papers)

Sl.No. Details of Paper/Poster Presentations  Remarks
1. Presented a poster titled “Workplace violence and Nurse: Causes and Impact” at the National conference on Prevention of Workplace Violence conducted by Sree Rama Himalayan College of Nursing, SRHU, Dehradun on 15th February 2019.      Best Paper Award (Anila KP, Sheela Pavitran, Moly  KT)
*Poster
2.  Presented scientific poster titled Impact of chemotherapy on sense of taste and smell in the National Conference on “Transforming Health Care: Living With and Beyond Cancer” from January 24-25, 2019 at MIMS College of Nursing Anooja Antony,  Sheela Pavithran
*Poster
3. Presented scientific paper on ”Quality of life of elderly with and without cognitive impairment” during National forum on Nursing Research conducted by Amrita College of Nursing on December 12, 2012.    Elizabeth Jacob, Sheela Pavithran Won second prize
*Oral
4. Presented scientific poster on “Quality of life of elderly with and without cognitive impairment during National forum on Nursing Research conducted by Amrita College of Nursing on December 12, 2012.        Sreelakshmi MV, Sreelakshmi R, Sheela Pavithran
*Poster
5. National forum on Nursing Research conducted by Amrita College of Nursing on December 12, 2012.        Elizebeth Jacbo, Sheela Pavithran
6. Presented thematic poster on Mysteries of the enigmatic mind during National forum on Nursing Research conducted by Amrita College of Nursing on December 12, 2012.        Sreelakshmi MV, Sreelakshmi R, Sheela Pavithran
*Poster
7. Presented thematic poster titled  “Oral mucositis” during the  National forum on Nursing Research conducted by Amrita College of Nursing on December 12, 2012.     Sreelakshmi MV, Sreelakshmi R, Sheela Pavithran
*Poster
8. Presented an oral scientific paper titled “Sensory perceptual alteration among patients admitted in critical care units” during the International conference on Evidence Informed Practice: an Approach to Healthcare Reform conducted by Manipal College of Nursing on January 24, 2015.     Sheela Pavithran,  Sijimol K M
*Oral