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  • 13 September, 2021

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Major overhaul in the B.Sc Nursing Syllabus

Major overhaul in the B.Sc Nursing Syllabus

  • The B.Sc. nursing programme in the country has undergone its first major overhaul after 1947, making it a competency-based curriculum.
  • To be implemented from January 2022, the revised curriculum has been standardised, updated and aimed at bringing in uniformity in nursing education across India.
  • Medical ethics has been introduced for the first time.
  • The new system now adopts a credit-based semester pattern with more emphasis on acquiring competency in each area of study. Also, forensic nursing and nursing informatics have been introduced in the syllabus.
  • Unfortunately the revised curriculum did not include disability rights as well as disability competencies.
  • It still includes the pejorative expressions ‘handicapped’, ‘mentally challenged’ and ‘physically challenged’. The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act mandates inclusion of disability rights in the higher education. The curriculum also excludes gender expression and identity components which the Transgender Persons Act mandates be included.
  • The new curriculum’s simulation-based training is given importance in the practical component of the course.
  • The new system has also brought in mandatory modules for each specialisation and the student has to pass in all mandatory modules placed within courses. The pass mark for each module is 50%.
  • As per the new norms, colleges of nursing should mandatorily have 100-bed parent or own hospitals.
  • The trustee/ member/ director of the trust or society or company should not allow the hospital to be treated as the parent/ affiliated hospital to any other nursing institution and the arrangement will be in place for a minimum of 30 years. The beds of a parent hospital shall be in one unitary hospital, that is, in the same building or campus.
  • The revised rules also state that no institution or university can modify the syllabi prescribed by the Council for a course or programme. However they can add units or subjects if required.
  • “It is mandatory that an institution shall have its own building within two years of its establishment,” the revised rules state.

Source: TH

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