The Amrita College of Nursing, a constituent unit of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, was inaugurated on 1st November, 2002, by Shri. Shathrughnan Sinha, the then Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare. The college is recognized by the the Kerala Nurses and Midwives Council. Presently the college offers B. Sc. Nursing and M. Sc. Nursing. The B. Sc. Nursing program which was started in the year 2002 with an intake of 50 seats is now expanded to 100 seats per batch.The M. Sc. Nursing is offered in four different specialties with an annual intake of 36.
The College is situated within the Health Science Campus in a separate building with excellent laboratory and classroom facilities. The total area of the college is 70487.2 Sq.feet which is much above the INC specifications.
Currently the college has 39 teaching faculty. The experienced, competent and stable faculty in various specialties with six Professors, four Associate Professors and six Assistant Professors, is an asset of this institution. An all-round development of the students is ensured through the balanced blend of curricular and extracurricular activities.
Class room teaching is made effective by the use of modern educational technology. Apart from the practical training in the laboratories especially Central Simulation lab, students get exposed to a wide variety of clinical conditions in the parent hospital, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, which has got the most advanced technology of health care.
Here they are getting hands on training in care of patients and all the nursing procedures under the expert guidance of medical and nursing teachers.
The laboratories are well equipped with most advanced manikins and simulators.The Nursing College Library has more than 6000 text books, journals, both Indian and foreign and internet facilities with online databases.
The library timing extends from 9.00am till 10.00 pm. There is also a central library located in the Medical College. This is a college among the very few having a well equipped Language Lab. This enables the students to develop their language skill which is very essential for the career mobility.
To be a global center of excellence in providing quality nursing education rooted in values, research and in preparing professionals to lead safe, dynamic nursing practice through clinical partnerships.
Amrita College of Nursing is committed to:
- Provide nursing education programmes to prepare professionals capable of providing safe, comprehensive and compassionate nursing care in an ever changing health care environment.
- Prepare advanced practice nurses, educators and administrators (capacity building).
- Enhance research that improves quality of life of individuals / families and has an impact on nursing practice.
- Integrate nursing education, research and practice through clinical partnership
The aim of the undergraduate nursing program is to prepare graduates who can provide competent, compassionate and evidence based preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative nursing care in varied settings, making independent decisions as and when required, considering the safety and rights of individuals/groups and personal and professional development.
On completion of the four year B. Sc. Nursing programme the graduate will be able to:
- Apply knowledge from biological and behavioral sciences, medicine and nursing in providing nursing care to individuals, families and communities.
- Demonstrate awareness of life style and other factors, that affect health of individuals and groups.
- Provide nursing care based on steps of nursing process in collaboration with the individuals and groups.
- Demonstrate critical thinking skill in making decisions in all situations in order to provide quality care.
- Utilize the latest trends and technology in providing health care.
- Provide promotive, preventive and restorative health services in line with the National Health Policies and programmes.
- Practice within the framework of code of ethics and professional conduct, and acceptable standards of practice within the legal boundaries.
- Communicate effectively with individuals and groups, and members of the health team in order to promote effective interpersonal relationships and teamwork.
- Demonstrate skills in teaching to individuals and groups in clinical/community health settings.
- Participate effectively as members of the health team in health care delivery system.
- Demonstrate leadership and managerial skills in clinical/community health settings.
- Conduct need based research studies in various settings and utilize the research findings to improve the quality of care.
- Demonstrate awareness, interest and contribute towards advancement of self and of the profession.
- Demonstrate personal characteristics and attitudes (like personal integrity, responsibility, reliability and showing concern for other individuals) essential for a professional.
Prof. K. T. Moly
Principal, College of Nursing
In the 21st century, the health challenges facing the nation have shifted dramatically. The need for personal connection, listening, and caring has never been higher. Nurses consistently rank first in every consumer poll as the most trusted professionals. Nursing is an extremely demanding occupation that encompasses a wide array of challenges. It can also be a very rewarding profession for those suited for it. Caring for ailing patients is more than just a career – It is a calling. As patient needs and care environments have become more complex, nurses need to attain requisite competencies to deliver high - quality care.
These competencies include leadership, health policy, system improvement, research and evidence - based practice and teamwork and collaboration as well as competency in specific content areas such as community, geriatrics etc.Competencies also must move from task - based proficiencies to higher - level competencies that provide a foundation for care management knowledge and decision - making skills under a variety of clinical situations and care settings. Hence improving the education system and achieving a more educated workforce is the need of the hour. Nurses with higher education are needed to teach future generations of nurses and to conduct research that becomes the basis for improvements in nursing science and practice. Amrita College of Nursing as a team works on this philosophy under the guidance of our beloved Amma.