Nursing Institute, LAMB
There is an enormous need for skilled health care workers in Bangladesh, and in particular for nurses, midwives and other trained birth attendants. In March 2012 LAMB opened a Nursing Institute (“NI”) to train nurses to work in hospital and community health settings.
The Nursing Institute at LAMB will:
- Provide a 3 year nursing course that is certified by the government;
- Admit 15-20 students per year (most but not all female);
- Provide on-site clinical training in both hospital and community clinic settings;
- Provide classrooms and accommodation for the students; and
- Support Bangladesh’s advancement toward the Millenium Development Goals
The Nursing Institute is a good fit with the existing academic and clinical offerings at LAMB. LAMB Hospital has grown and developed over the years to meet the health care needs of the community. In 2011, there were nearly 10,000 in-patients and 60,000 outpatients. The community clinics see more than 70,000 patients per year. More than 5,000 babies are born annually at the Hospital and in community Safe Delivery Units. The LAMB Training Centre provides health focused training to staff from Government, from NGOs and from LAMB itself. The Training Centre, with nine full-time trainers, joined as necessary by specialist part-time national and international doctors, consultants and nurse-midwives, runs more than 25 different courses, ranging in length from 2 days to 18 months. LAMB Hospital is already recognised as a post-graduate training institution for doctors, and works closely with the Training Centre for provision of practical clinical experience on a daily basis.
One of Bangladesh’s targets under the Millennium Development Goals is to achieve universal access to reproductive health by the year 2015 (MDG #5, Improve Maternal Health). This is an area of great expertise at LAMB, and nurses trained at LAMB will have ample knowledge of reproductive health and will be able to assist Bangladesh in achieving this goal.
Another target Bangladesh Government hopes to accomplish is that of increasing the number of women working in the non-agricultural sector (MDG #3, Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women).
LAMB is uniquely positioned to provide top quality nurse training – both theory and clinical experience.
- The expertise of its medical staff, with typically one third of its physicians from abroad, keeps LAMB Hospital current with international standards of care.
- The ability to offer clinical training in hospital in-patient and out-patient settings, and also in community clinics, will provide nursing students with a broad range of experience.
- In addition to the normal curriculum, emphasis can and will be given to a higher standard than is normal in Bangladesh on infection control, staff management, supply procurement, and the balance between direct patient care and other duties.
- The expertise and experience of LAMB with teaching and training is already well established with Training Center courses, the existing postgraduate training for doctors, and frequent medical electives for international trainee physicians.
Students will be admitted who have achieved HSC/ A-levels, from 18 – 22 years old. Including Admission fee, annual tuition, room and board, total cost will be approximately Tk 1lakh (US$1250). Tuition will be Taka 3000/month ($37/month) in the first year, 2500/month ($31/month) in the second year and 2000/month ($25/month) in the third year per student. The course fees will cover tuition and accommodation.
The students will be housed on the hospital campus. The classrooms and hospital will be very close –easy walking distance. Security is well established within the LAMB compound. Transportation to community health clinics is available.
The government national curriculum will be used, with additional training provided in English, infection control, staff management, supply procurement, and values.
Clinical training in the hospital wards and out-patient clinics will begin in the second year. LAMB Hospital can offer clinical training in obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, emergency care, newborn care, pediatrics and general medicine. Training in other necessary specialties such as orthopedics will be organised at other hospitals. LAMB has an extensive network of community health clinics that will provide community based clinical placements. At the conclusion of the three year course of study, students will take the national exam under the Bangladesh Nursing Council in Dhaka.