The Department of Nursing offers high-quality clinical, rehabilitative, outreach services, academics and research. The Faculty Members are also involved in providing quality education to students enrolled in various courses in the Department. In the research arena, the Faculty Members are engaged in projects relevant to their interests, and making scientific presentations at various regional, national and international conferences and workshops.
Summary information on the key activities/work of the Department
- Patient care through Nursing consultancy and clinical teaching in Adult Psychiatry and Super-Specialty Units
- Providing quality education to students enrolled in various courses in the Department
- Research through the execution of various projects directed towards the advancement of nursing service, education, and administration.
VISION, MISSION, OBJECTIVES:
To be at the forefront in the area of Neuro Psychiatric Nursing, guided by a philosophy and commitment to promote health, alleviate suffering, and prevent illness, through patient care, nursing education and research.
- Establish the highest standards of Neuro Psychiatric nursing care and rehabilitation at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.
- Advance manpower development by providing nursing education of the highest standard in the field of mental health and neuro sciences, reflecting the philosophy and core values of the nursing profession.
- Promote research-oriented nursing practice to fortify the science of nursing, and use research as an integral part of nursing care in improving patient outcomes.
- To provide quality nursing care to patients and families in Psychiatry and Super-specialty areas, both in the hospital and in the community, through multidisciplinary approach
- To maintain quality in educational programs for students (Ph.D., M.Sc. Psychiatric Nursing, Diploma in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, Diploma in Neuro Science Nursing, other short-term training programs)
- To provide clinical learning experience to students of various categories placed in the Department from India and abroad
- To build up research potential in the Department
- To provide leadership in the field of mental health and neuro science nursing in the country.
- To provide advisory and consultation services in the field of Mental Health Nursing, including education and research
WHAT WE DO:
The Department of Nursing at NIMHANS currently has three Faculty who are involved with providing clinical care to individuals with various mental health issues, quality nursing education, and research in specific areas relevant to clinical practice and education.
The various activities carried out by the Faculty are enumerated below (applies to the Faculty’s functions both in the hospital, as well as the community setting).
- Systematic assessment and documenting of information, leading to a comprehensive understanding of the individual’s mental health issues.
- Working as part of the Unit team (Adult Psychiatry and Super-specialty) in carrying out patient care and clinical teaching.
- Carrying out/ participating in/ organizing and supervising various therapies prescribed for the mentally ill individuals.
- Authoring manuals/ monographs/ information-education-communication (IEC) materials in print/ electronic media, for empowering patients and their families with the required knowledge and self-care ability.
- Working as part of the Unit team (Adult Psychiatry and Super-specialty) in carrying out clinical teaching.
- Providing quality education to students enrolled in various courses in the Department: (a) Post-basic Diploma in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (b) Post-basic Diploma in Neuroscience Nursing (c) Post- Certificate Diploma in Community Mental Health Nursing (d) Master of Science in Psychiatric Nursing (e) Ph.D. in Nursing (f) Nurses training under the District Mental Health Program (DMHP) (g) Tele-Psychiatric Nursing (h) NIMHANS Digital Academy (NDA) – Nursing (i) WHO – Training of Trainers (TOT) in Mental Health Nursing.
- Clinical supervision of nursing students in the wards assigned by the Head of the Department (HOD) of Nursing.
- Carrying out theoretical and clinical evaluation of nursing students.
- Coordinating the teaching and learning activities of external nursing students.
- Organizing/ participating in continuing education programs for clinical staff.
- Organizing regional/ national/ international workshops/ conferences/ seminars for capacity building.
- Authoring manuals/ monographs/ information-education-communication (IEC) materials in print/ electronic media, for empowering staff and students with the required knowledge and skill in health care delivery.
- Carrying out administrative tasks as assigned by the Head of the Department of Nursing and Institutional Heads.
- Serving on various Boards/ Committees as directed by the HOD Nursing/ Institutional Heads.
- Providing consultation within and outside the Institution on various professional issues as relevant.
- Conducting high-quality research independently, as well as through collaborative projects, which would make a meaningful contribution in the chosen area of scientific interest, thereby advancing patient care delivery and capacity building.
- Guiding research activities of postgraduate and doctoral students as assigned.
- Dissemination of research through presentations at conferences and publications in reputed journals.
- Authoring manuals/ monographs/ information-education-communication (IEC) materials as relevant to the field in print/ electronic media.
- Carrying out public outreach programs using mass media for raising health awareness, in collaboration with concerned local bodies/ institutions.
- Providing consultancy services to various committees at national, state and local levels to improve standards of nursing education and nursing service, editorial assistance to national and international indexed journals, lending expertise to various doctoral committees, examination boards as well as Board of Studies for external universities/colleges.
- Authoring manuals/ information-education-communication (IEC) materials as relevant to the concerned audience in print/ electronic media.
Department of Nursing,
Ground floor – Nursing College Building, NIMHANS,
Bangalore 560 029, Karnataka, India.
- DR. SAILAXMI GANDHI, Additional Professor and Head, Department of Nursing
Nursing Consultant to: Unit V (Adult Psychiatry), Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (Super-specialty).
Major areas of scientific interest: Occupational stress and stress management programs, capacity building for hospital personnel, school mental health, psychiatric rehabilitation, suicide prevention, maternal and infant mental health.
- “Development, Implementation and Evaluation of a Training Program in Mental Health Care for Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Personnel” (Role: Co-Principal Investigator; Funding: ICMR).
- “Maternal mental health promotion – Efficacy of training program among Auxiliary Nurse Midwives” (Role: Co-Principal Investigator; Funding: ICMR).
- “Nursing Students’ Perception of Facilitators and Barriers Contributing to Recovery of Persons with Mental Illness” (Role: Principal Investigator, Funding: IEC Approved, Non-funded).
- “Attitudes towards mental illness: A questionnaire based study from nurses of Primary Health Care” (Role: Principal Investigator, Funding: IEC Approved, Non-funded).
02. DR. PRASANTHI NATTALA, Additional Professor, Department of Nursing
Nursing Consultant to: Unit I (Adult Psychiatry), Center for Addiction Medicine (Super-specialty).
Major areas of scientific interest: Developing and testing interventions for individuals with substance use disorders and populations impacted by substance use in significant others.
- “Adolescent Offspring of Fathers with Alcohol Dependence (AOFAD): assessment of cognitive functions, salivary stress biomarkers, experiences and responses to their fathers’ alcohol dependence” (Role: Principal Investigator; Funding: DST, Govt. of India).
- “Exploration of psychoactive substance and non-prescribed medication use during pregnancy and lactation among women seeking health services at selected Primary Health Centers in South Bengaluru”(Role: Principal Investigator; IEC approved, non-funded).
- Video-based Training Program for ASHAs in the Recognition and Brief Intervention for depressive disorders in the community (Role: Co-Investigator; Funding: IEC approved, non-funded).
03. DR. RADHAKRISHNAN G., Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing
Nursing Consultant to: Unit IV (Adult Psychiatry), Community Mental Health, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (Super-specialty).
Major areas of scientific interest: Nursing interventions to manage children with mental illness, Community Mental Health, Nursing Manpower Development through Digital Learning Platform, Tele Mental Health Nursing.
- Effectiveness of Nurses Implemented Music Add- on Therapy (NIMAT) in managing children with behavioural problems admitted in Child Psychiatry ward, NIMHANS, Bengaluru”. (Role: Principal Investigator; Funding: NIMHANS).
- “Attitudes towards mental illness: A questionnaire-based study from nurses of Primary Health Care”. (Role: Principal Investigator; Non-funded, submitted for ethical clearance).
- Development and feasibility of a Vocational Rehabilitation Program for persons with Mental Illness. (Role: Co-Principal Investigator; Funding: Ministry of Social Justice, Government of India).
REGULAR ACADEMIC COURSES:
- Post basic Diploma in Psychiatric/Mental health Nursing: This course commenced in 1956 with the help of WHO Consultants (the first of its kind for India). There are 45 seats. This is a one year course comprising of clinical experience, field visits, one research project and theory classes. Candidates should be registered nurse (RN & RM) in the state nursing council with one year experience as staff nurse. There is no entrance test for this course. The course starts in July and ends in June. Nurses applying for this course from other countries need to obtain an equivalence certificate from INC before applying. Candidates admitted to Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing Course who are not getting any financial assistance from other sources will be paid Rs. 2000/- per month.
- Post basic Diploma in Neuroscience Nursing: This course commenced in 1982 (the first Diploma Program for India in Neuro specialty). There are 9 seats. This is a one year course comprising of clinical experience in the neurological and neurosurgical wards as well as OT, field visits, one research project and theory classes. Candidates should be registered nurse (RN & RM) in the state nursing council with one year experience as staff nurse. There is no entrance test for this course. The course starts in July and ends in June. Nurses applying for this course from other countries need to obtain an equivalence certificate from INC before applying. Candidates admitted to Diploma in Neurological and Neurosurgical Nursing Course who are not getting any financial assistance from other sources of will be paid Rs.2000/- per month.
- Post-Certificate Diploma in Community Mental Health Nursing (3 months): This course was commenced in July 2018. Candidates receive intensive hands on training in Community Mental Health Nursing under this programme.
- M.Sc. in Psychiatric Nursing: This course commenced in 1988. There are 9 seats. This is a two years course comprising of clinical experience with adult psychiatry units in the first year and speciality psychiatry units in the second year, community mental health, research in any chosen area in the second year with thesis submission as partial fulfilment of course requirements. Candidates should be registered nurse (RN & RM) or equivalent with any state nursing registration council with one year work experience either following basic B.Sc. Nursing or prior to or after post Basic B.Sc. Nursing as on the day of counseling. The minimum education requirements shall be the passing of B.Sc. Nursing/B.Sc. Hons. Nursing/Post Basic B.Sc. Nursing with minimum of 55% aggregate marks in an institution recognized by the INC. The candidate should be medically fit. The students who are not getting any financial assistance from other sources are give Rs.3,000/- p.m.
- Ph.D. Nursing: This course commenced in 2002. The duration is 3-5 years. To get selected candidates should have either Fellowship or sponsorship. During the first year, the candidate will be given training in the theoretical and practical aspects of the problem selected for the study and the research methodology related to the proposed topic. The candidate will appear for Pre-Ph.D. examination after the completion of course work which comprises of classes by the Head of all departments. and one year from the date of provisional registration. The candidate will have two years of supervised clinical work in nursing with special emphasis on areas related to the topic of research. After the completion of the proposed research work, the candidate will submit the thesis for the award of Ph.D. Four candidates have successfully completed the course up to now.
- External trainees enrolled in Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing and M.Sc. Nursing, Lady Health Visitors come to the department for clinical experience from all parts of India as well as from other countries. Trainees are from several states such as Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala in South India, Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra, U.P., M.P., Chattisgarh, Assam, Gujarat, Oddisha, Uttarakhand in North India as well as union territories of Delhi and Puducherry.
RECENT MANPOWER DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES
Nurses Training under the District Mental Health Program (DMHP): The Karnataka DMHP nurses were trained as per the request of the Deputy Director- Mental Health, Govt. of Karnataka- July-2017. A manual/ Resource book was prepared and released with funding from the Ministry of Health, Govt. of Karnataka.
Tele-Psychiatric Nursing: Nurses are provided continued training through tele-nursing with active monthly didactics and case discussions.
NIMHANS Digital Academy (NDA) – Nursing: Inaugurated by the Hon’ble Director, NIMHANS, on 08/08/2018. Under NDA, the Diploma in Community Mental Health – Nurses is being conducted. So far, forty candidates have been trained and certified, with the second and third batches commencing in December 2018.
WHO-Training of Trainers(TOT) in Mental Health Nursing – A joint venture of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India, WHO-India, and Department of Nursing, NIMHANS. A three-day TOT program was conducted in September 2018. Two manuals – the Facilitator’s Manual and the Trainee Manual – were developed in this regard.