Home Nursing is the first course with which ANEW was founded in 1997, with 10 students in a garage. Underprivileged women who have completed middle school education, are eligible to train as nursing assistants at ANEW. The Home Nursing program encompasses learning basic skills in caring for patients and in providing geriatric and paediatric care. A full time teacher, who is a qualified nurse engaged by ANEW, conducts regular theory classes for three months and oversees practical classes at various partnering institutions for an additional three months during the program. English speaking and life skills training are an integral part of the course, as it helps in personality development and enhances the candidates’ employability and sustainability skills. On completion of both theory and practical training, ANEW helps the beneficiaries find placements at homes or at nursing homes.
Home Nursing is ANEW’s flagship course by which close to 1800 candidates have been trained till date. This course has the widest reach, among women who are most vulnerable and are at the lowest rung of the social ladder. However, most of the candidates trained have sustained their careers and ANEW’s contribution is perceived to cause a ripple effect by positively impacting not just the candidate and their families but their extended families as well!
By constantly seeking feedback from their employers, offering refresher courses to our alumni caregivers, including new modules like physiotherapy, palliative care, cancer awareness etc. and having its course content vetted by hospitals, ANEW has been able to upgrade and sustain this course to meet stringent hospital requirements.