ABOUT THE PROGRAM
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.
The success of this course is largely due to the specific partnerships that ANEW has forged for the course. The relevance of the industry in grooming the candidates needs special mention.
Practical training is conducted at the following institutions:
1.Sundaram Medical Foundation (SMF)
SMF (Dr Rangarajan Memorial Hospital) is located in Anna Nagar and has been associated with ANEW’s Home Nursing program since its inception in 1997. Home Nursing trainees intern at SMF for hands on training in patient care at the hospital.
KarnaPrayag is an adoption centre and a home for abandoned children. After theoretical training at ANEW, the Home Nursing trainees are given practical training in paediatric care at Karna Prayag.
3.Little Sisters of the Poor
Set up in 1934, The Home for the Aged, is one of the 12 homes run by the Little Sisters of the Poor, in India. Home Nursing trainees of ANEW receive practical training in geriatric care at the Home for the Aged.
4.The Banyan & SCARF
The Banyan and Scarf are two organisations in Chennai that have been an integral part of research and the chain of care for people with mental illness. Both organisations have touched and changed the lives of mentally challenged persons, as service to society. All Home Nursing trainees of ANEW are sensitised to the issue of mental health at The Banyan and SCARF, as part of their practical training.
Appasamy Medicare Centre is an ISO 9001:2000 Certified Organization and a part of M/S Appasamy Associates group. A trusted name in Ophthalmic Equipment and Instruments, ANEW’s Home nurses receive practical training in handling patients with a need for varied speciality care.
6.Soundarapandian Bone & Joint Hospital
Soundarapandian Bone & Joint Hospital has been providing excellent orthopaedic care since its inception in 1983. Located in Anna Nagar, the commitment of the hospital in caring for its patients has seen the hospital grow into one of the premier orthopaedic centres not only in Chennai but also in South India. The clinic offers its premises to ANEW home nurses to provide specialty training in orthopaedic care with special emphasis on bed side care.
ANEW is well known in Chennai as an NGO that trains good quality employable home care assistants. The placement record for the nursing course is consistently good since demand for well-trained nursing assistants far exceeds supply. The trainees are in high demand for their services as nursing assistants, to take care of patients at home or at hospitals. Some also find employment as geriatric companions and child care assistants.