The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi has recently announced its plans to implement an integrated nursing education and service model, marking a significant milestone for the premier medical institution. This groundbreaking approach, approved by the Indian Nursing Council, aims to enhance the quality of patient care while advancing the clinical skills of nursing students.
The integration of nursing education and service, also known as the Dual Role model, has been successfully implemented in renowned institutions such as the College of Nursing in CMC Vellore and the St. John’s College of Nursing, SJMCH, Bangaluru. These institutions have demonstrated how this model effectively bridges the gap between theory and practice, raises nursing standards, and optimizes the utilization of nursing personnel across various healthcare roles.
In light of these successful implementations, AIIMS Delhi has proactively decided to explore the adoption of the Integrated Nursing Education and Service Model. To evaluate the feasibility and modalities of this implementation, a dedicated committee comprising key stakeholders has been constituted by the institute’s administration, with Dr. M Srinivas, the institute’s director, leading the efforts.
The committee’s primary task is to review the Indian Nursing Council’s notification on the integration of nursing education and service, assessing its potential advantages and challenges. Furthermore, the committee will study the experiences and outcomes of institutions that have already implemented a similar model. Based on their findings, the committee will formulate a comprehensive proposal for the integration of nursing education and service within the AIIMS Delhi framework. They will also recommend strategies for the effective implementation of the model, taking into account the unique context of AIIMS Delhi.
The committee is expected to submit its recommendations by November 30, 2023, after which AIIMS Delhi will determine the next steps to bring this innovative model to fruition. Dr. Rima Dada, the professor in charge of the media cell, expressed enthusiasm for the model, stating that it aims to enhance the quality of nursing care provided to patients while simultaneously advancing the clinical skills of nursing students. Moreover, this initiative is expected to optimize the utilization of nursing cadres in both academic and clinical settings.
The introduction of the integrated nursing education and service model at AIIMS Delhi promises to revolutionize nursing education and improve healthcare services. As this initiative takes shape, the medical community eagerly anticipates the positive impact it will have on patient care and the future of nursing in India.