Qualification: 
MSc Nursing
sreedevipa@aims.amrita.edu

Prof. Sreedevi P. A. currently serves as Professor and head of the Department of Mental Health Nursing, Amrita College of Nursing, Health Sciences Campus, Kochi. She has received her Masters Degree in Psychiatric Nursing from NIMHANS Bangalore, in 2000. She graduated from Govt. College of Nursing, Kottayam, under Mahathma Gandhi University in 1994 and was awarded the “Best Bedside Nurse” of the batch. She joined Amrita College of Nursing as Lecturer in the year 2002.

Experience

Year Affiliation
23-12-2009 - Present  Professor, Amrita College of Nursing
November 2005 - December 2009 Associate Professor, Amrita College of Nursing
February 2003- November 2005 Assistant Professor, Amrita College of Nursing
19-9-2002 - February 2003 Lecturer, Amrita College of Nursing
01-09-1997 to 31-08-1998 Assistant Lecturer, Institute of Nursing Education, Little Flower Hospital, (SME, M.G University)
06-08-1996 to 30-04-1997 Lecturer in Domestic Nursing- Govt. Vocational Higher Secondary School for Girls, Peruva, Kottayam
27-03-1996 to 05-08-1996 Staff Nurse, E.S.I. Hospital, Pathalam, Ernakulam
01-02-1995 to 25-3-1996 Assistant Lecturer, J K College of Nursing, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

Responsibilities Holding Other Than Teaching

  • Head of Department of Mental Health Nursing from 2009.
  • Member, Internal Complaints Committee for Protection of Women’s Dignity at Work.
  • Chair person, CNE Cell.
  • Class coordinator of first-year students
  • Member of the curriculam committee
  • Member UG Board of Studies
  • Research committee member.
  • Antiragging committee member.
  • Library committee member
  • Chairperson of the Student Counseling Cell
  • Parent-Teachers' Executive Committee member
  • Student Welfare Committee member 
  • Member of the institutional IQAC
  • Research guide for undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students
  • Approved KNMC Inspector (from 2015).
  • Question paper setter and examiner for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in nursing of different universities

Workshop / Conference Attended / Presented paper

Year Affiliation
2018
  • Dissemination program on ICMR National Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical and Health Research involving Human Participants and children
2017
  • International Conference on Obesity- A multifaceted approach organized by Amrita College of Nursing.
  • 3rd International Conference of Indian Society of Psychiatric Nurses at NIMHANS Bangalore. - Attended and presented a scientific paper
2016
  • State level workshop on OSCE in Psychiatric Nursing organized by MOSC College of Nursing, Kolanchery.
  • Trainer's training on Mindful Life Management, 3 days’ workshop organized by Dept. of Psychiatry, Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram. 
2015
  • National Conference on organ transplantation-“Together, towards tomorrow” organized by Amrita College of Nursing.
2014
  • 13th National Conference of Indian Society of Psychiatric Nurses, St.John's College of Nursing, Bengaluru. -  Attended and presented a scientific paper
2013
  • 12th National Conference of Indian Society of Psychiatric Nurses West Fort College of Nursing, Thrissur.m- Attended and presented a scientific paper
2010
  • National Conference on Geriatric Nursing Amrita College of Nursing, AIMS. Kochi
  • 72nd Biennial Conference Trained Nurses Association of India.

Resource Person for Workshops/Conferences Seminars, Workshops and Conferences Organised

Year Affiliation
2017 Conference Core Committee Member International Conference on Obesity- A multifaceted approach organized by Amrita College of Nursing, on 1st & 2nd Dec.2017
2015 Conference Core Committee Member and Asst. Coordinator of National Conference on organ transplantation-“Together, towards tomorrow”
2014 3rd National Conference. Infusion Nurses Society- India.
2011 Govt. of India/ DGHS aided State Level CNE Workshop  - Building Human Relations in Health Care  [Amrita College of Nursing]
2009 Govt. of India/ DGHS aided State Level CNE Workshop   - Building Human Relations for Quality Health Care  [Amrita College of Nursing]

Publications

Publication Type: Conference Paper

Year of Publication Title

2019

Prof. Sreedevi P. A., “Somatic symptoms and functional disability among among adolescent children studying in a selected school, Ernakulam ”, Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi Regional Institute of Mental Health (LGBRIMH), Tezpur, Assam, 2019.

2018

Prof. Sreedevi P. A., “Somatic symptoms and its risk factors among adolescent children studying in a selected school, Ernakulam”, in International Nursing Conference "Global Perspectives of Better Menta Health", AKAL College of Nursing, Himachal Pradesh in collaboration with Drexel University, Philadelphia, 2018.

2014

Prof. Sreedevi P. A., “An Exploratory Study on Use of Tobaco among Adolescents.”, in 13th National Conference of Indian Society of Psychiatric Nurses , St.John's Collge of Nursing, Bangalore, 2014.

2013

Prof. Sreedevi P. A., “Fatigue and Psychological Distress among Staff Nurses”, in 12th Annual Conference of Indian Society Of Psychiatric Nurses, ISPN and West Fort College of Nursing, Thrissur , 2013.

Publication Type: Journal Article

Year of Publication Title

2019

Febu Elizabeth Joy, Prof. Sreedevi P. A., Sreejamol M. G., Rajeesh R Nair, Sruthi M., Gopika. G. Nair, and Joel George, “Awareness Regarding Genetic Disorder and Genetic Counselling among Adults Visiting a Tertiary Care Unit at Kochi”, Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 97-102, 2019.[Abstract]


Genetic disorders have an irreversible effect in life, if once happen. So it is very important to know about the consequences of genetic disorders and its modern preventive approach in genetics by the public. The main Objectives of the study were to identify the awareness of adults regarding mental retardation and genetic counselling. Methodology: a quantitative approach with descriptive survey design was selected. The sample comprised of 200 subjects, between 20 to 45years (111 males and 89 females). Convenience sampling technique was used for sample section. The study instruments comprised of structured questionnaires on mental retardation and genetic counselling. Results: The study revealed that 150(75%) have good knowledge and 42(21%) of have average and 8(4%) poor knowledge regarding mental retardation. 41.5% subjects stated that mental retardation is curable and 33% subjects agreed that a mentally retarded individual becomes as capable as a normal individual. A substantial number of subjects had knowledge about genetic disorder 190(95%). 8(4%) had an average knowledge and 2(1%) had poor knowledge. Apart from this high level of awareness, 33.5% indicated that purpose of genetic counseling was to advise people about whether or not to have children or to help people understand their ancestry (37%) and half of the participants (46.5%) identified that genetic counselling helps couples have a child with desirable characteristics. Conclusion: The study findings highlight that the adult population have a better understanding of mental retardation and genetic counselling. But still there exist gaps/misconcepts in some aspects. It can be abolished by conducting more public awareness programmes.

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2018

Prof. Sreedevi P. A., Shiney, W., Shania, M., and P., S. Sandhya, “Depression and it’s risk factors among patients waiting for solid organ transplantation attending selected units of AIMS, Kochi”, Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 124-128, 2018.[Abstract]


Organ transplantation (OT) has emerged as a life saving measure for patients with end stage organ failure. The waiting period for OT is perceived by the patient and family as the most psychologically stressful time in the whole transplant experience. Objectives: to identify depression and its risk factors among patients waiting for solid organ transplantation. Materials and methods: This descriptive study was done in a conveniently selected 60 subjects who are waiting for renal/liver transplantation in AIMS, Kochi. The tools used were Socio demographic & illness related variables questionnaire, Beck's Depression Inventory (to assess depression) and a checklist to assess the Risk factors of depression. Results: Clinical depression was observed in 23.4% of the sample. Also a considerable proportion of the sample (41.6%) had mild mood disturbance. Depression was seen more in prospective liver transplantation candidates. Variables like male gender, lack of family support, family history of depression, history of stressful life events and presence of co-morbid medical conditions were identified as the risk factors of depression among patients waiting for solid organ transplantation. Conclusion: Patients waiting for solid organ transplantation experience borderline to severe levels of depression. Patients waiting for liver transplantation experience more depression than those who are waiting for renal transplantation.

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2018

R. Kaimal, Prof. Sreedevi P. A., and Joy, F., “Exploratory Study on experience of domestic Violence among Women”, Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 129-134, 2018.[Abstract]


Background of the study: Domestic violence is a serious problem around the world. Statistics on the prevalence of the problem indicate that domestic violence is a worldwide epidemic. Objective: to explore the experience of domestic violence among women and assess the knowledge of them regarding domestic violence. Materials and methods: A descriptive survey design was used to collect the data. Sample comprised of 200 women between the age of 18-60 years selected by proportionate stratified random sampling. Data were collected using predesigned tools developed by the researcher. Personal interview was conducted to collect the data on experience of domestic violence and knowledge of women regarding various aspects of domestic violence. The data then obtained was analyzed using descriptive statistics (percentage and frequency distribution). Results: Forty three percentage of the subjects were experiencing domestic violence at the time of the study. Majority of the subjects (49%) had poor knowledge and 18% had good knowledge regarding various aspects of domestic violence. Conclusion: The findings of the study show that this evil is still growing in our society. Also the knowledge of the women about domestic violence is found to be poor. It shows the need for gender sensitization and empowerment programmes. © 2018, Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development. All rights reserved.

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2018

Prof. Sreedevi P. A., Aswathy, B., and Roy, N., “A Correlational Study on Assertiveness and Self Esteem of Undergraduate Students of a Selected College of Nursing, Ernakulam”, Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, vol. 9, no. 6, pp. 49-55, 2018.[Abstract]


Objectives

The study was designed to identify the levels of assertiveness and self esteem of undergraduate nursing students and to correlate these two variables.

Materials and Method

This descriptive study was conducted after the ethical procedures, among a randomly recruited sample of 120 B. Sc. Nursing students (30 each from 1st to 4th year) of a selected College of Nursing. Data were collected using Personal information schedule, and two standardised self-report tools, the Rathus Assertiveness Schedule and Rosenberg Self-esteem scale.

Results

The sample mean of assertiveness was 9.29 (SD. 20.89) and that of the self-esteem was 21.07 (SD. 3.36). Only 26.7% of the nursing students were found to be assertive. Eighty five percentage of the sample had average self esteem. No correlation was observed between assertiveness and self-esteem of students. There was statistically significant association between assertiveness and the year of study, medium of instruction before joining nursing, participation in extra curricular activities and percentage of marks obtained in plus two examination. Self esteem was associated with students who rated themselves as introverts.

Conclusion

Based on the study findings, the researchers suggest to include assertiveness training mandatory in the undergraduate nursing education programme.

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2017

Sherin Ann Jony, Prof. Moly K. T., and Prof. Sreedevi P. A., “Effectiveness of nursing process based clinical practice guidelines on quality of nursing care among CABG patients”, International journal of Nursing Education, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 120-126, 2017.[Abstract]


Background
Coronary artery bypass grafting is one of the high risk and high cost surgeries performed all over the world. Post operative complications prolong the length of hospitalization. Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) are relatively new quality improvement tools which are developed for maintaining quality, minimizing costs and improving out comes.

Methods
A quasi experimental pretest post test design was used to compare the quality of nursing care of the conventional care group with those of the experimental group. The sample comprised of 60 post CABG patients admitted to the cardiothoracic ward and 30 staff nurses caring them. The non probability, total enumeration sampling technique was used. The quality of nursing care and patients’ satisfaction with nursing care was assessed before and after the implementation of the Nursing Process Based Clinical Practice Guideline.

Results
The study findings showed that the quality of nursing care of the experimental group was significantly higher than that of the conventional group (249.90±23.58 Vs 145.17±22.70, p= 0.001). Further the level of satisfaction of the experimental group was significantly higher than that of the conventional care group (187.7±25.0 Vs 148.1± 36.9, p= 0.001).

Conclusion
Nursing Process Based Clinical Practice Guideline was effective in improving the quality of nursing care of post-CABG patients, which in turn improved the patients’ satisfaction.

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2017

Prof. Sreedevi P. A., Sreejamol M. G., and Febu Elizabeth Joy, “Exploratory Study on Tobacco Use among Adolescents”, Indian journal of Public Health Research and Development., vol. 8, pp. 34-39, 2017.[Abstract]


Background of the study: The increasing burden of tobacco-related diseases, particularly oral cancer, in India bears a direct association to the increase in consumption of a wide range of tobacco products. Adolescents are the most vulnerable section of the population exposed to tobacco use. Objective : to explore the extent of use of tobacco use among adolescents, knowledge and attitude of adolescents towards smoking Materials and method: A descriptive survey design was used for the study. The sample consisted of 200 adolescents studying in plus one and plus two of a selected private higher secondary school of Ernakulam District, Kerala. Data were collected using Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) questionnaire. The data obtained was analyzed using descriptive statistics . Results: Out of 200 subjects, 44(22%) subjects used cigarettes even one or two puffs during their life time. Majority 22(50%) of them used tobacco for the first time between the age of 14-15 years. Approximately 22% of the students stated that they live in homes where family members smoke in their presence and nearly half of the students (44%) are around others who smoke in places outside their home. Majority of them 137(68%) have average level of knowledge and 38(19%) have good level of knowledge regarding smoking. More than half of the ever smokers (57.1%) reported that they want to stop the tobacco use but 42.9% said that they don't want to stop tobacco use Conclusion: The findings of the study show that tobacco addiction is emerging as a big threat among adolescents. There is urgent need for implementation of the comprehensive tobacco control program.

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2016

J. P, Prof. Sreedevi P. A., and Sreejamol M. G., “Assessment of Infertility Related Stress and Perceived Social Support Among Women Seeking Treatment for Infertility in a Selected Treatment Centre. Kottayam”, International Journal of Nursing Care, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 38-46, 2016.[Abstract]


Infertility is considered as a crisis in couple's life. The society has a stigmatized view on infertile couples which influences their social support, family and personal life also. It is one of the most stressful experience in a woman's life. The stress associated with it will have a significant impact on their life.

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2015

E. Elias, Prof. Sreedevi P. A., and Sreejamol M. G., “Assessment of Knowledge and Attitude of Adolescents Regarding Suicide”, Indian Journal of Psychiatric Nursing, vol. 9, no. 1, 2015.

2015

M. Elizabeth Joy, Prof. Sreedevi P. A., and Febu Elizabeth Joy, “Effectiveness of a Structured Teaching Programme on Knowledge Regarding Home Care of Intellectually Disabled Children Among Care Givers”, Indian Journal of Psychiatric Nursing , vol. 9, no. 1, 2015.[Abstract]


Dependent variable Knowledge regarding home care management of children with cerebral palsy among mothers Independent variable Structured teaching programme regarding home care management of children with cerebral palsy Demographic variable In this study demographic variables of the mothers include age, marital status, education, type of family, income, religion, occupation, residence, number of children, antenatal problem, type of delivery, heard about cerebral palsy and source of information

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2013

M. L. Louis, Prof. Sreedevi P. A., and Rajeesh R Nair, “Study to assess parental self efficacy among parents of children with intellectual disability in selected special school”, Pondicherry Journal of Nursing , vol. 6, no. 3, 2013.

2013

M. Akhil Kumar, Prof. Sreedevi P. A., and Sreejamol M. G., “Effect of Laughter Therapy on depression Among Senior citizens residing in selected old age homes at Ernakulam”, Pondicherry Journal of Nursing , vol. 6, no. 3, 2013.

2013

M. Monisha Mohan, Prof. Sreedevi P. A., and Joy, M. F. Elizabath, “Study to assess the relations between caregiver burden and coping strategies among the Caregivers of patients with mood disorders in psychiatric Unit of AIMS Kochi”, Pondichery Journal of Nursing , vol. 6, 2013.

2013

M. L. Louis, Prof. Sreedevi P. A., and Rajeesh R Nair, “Parental self efficacy among parents of children with intellectual disability”, Pondicherry Journal of Nursing , vol. 6, no. 3, 2013.

Conference Paper- Scientific Posters

Year of Publication Title
2018 Second prize for scientific poster, “Psychosocial distress among spouses of cancer patients” in the International Conference organized by Akal College of Nursing, Himachal Pradesh
2018 First prize for scientific poster presentation “Depression and it’s risk factors among patients waiting for solid organ transplantation” in connection with AIMS Research Synergy Day

Resource Person

  • Basic Concepts and Contexts of Psychiatric Nursing Workshop organized by Sreenarayana Institute if Medical Sciences, Chalakka, Ernakulam (Dist) in 2018.

Courses/ Training undergone:

  • Course on Scientific Writing organized by Department of Community Medicine and Public Health, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi.
  • Trainers’ training in Mindful Life Management organized by Dept. of Psychiatry, Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram.