Nursing Assistant Training
Sri Ramakrishna Math, with assistance from Direct-Relief International and GlaxoSmithKline runs a One Year Nurse Assistant Training program. The program was started in the year 2004 in the aftermath of the tsunami. The coastal towns throughout Tamil Nadu sustained significant damage during the 2004 tsunami with an estimated 900,000 people affected.
A need was felt to empower the local young women of the Tsunami affected districts. The training of local young women as nursing assistants provides a meaningful opportunity for them to contribute to their communities and improve their livelihoods. The girls chosen to take the course are selected from very poor agricultural and fishing villages. Most of the girls have already completed their higher secondary education, but due to family backgrounds have been unable to continue their education further. This course gives the girls an opportunity to receive higher education, the first generation in many families to receive such a gift, and qualifies them for employment outside the traditional industries of fishing and agriculture.
Currently 300 girl students are undergoing training in various Nursing Training Institutions in Chennai. Their employment rate is 100 percent. The success of this training program can be clearly seen through the high demand for those who have completed the course. Over 20 local hospitals have employed the nurse assistants immediately upon graduation, allowing the girls to earn a good salary, improve their economic status, and take part in the delivery of good quality healthcare services.
Expenditure incurred to train one batch of 30 nurse assistants and arrange for employment is Rs. 3.00 lakhs.