Hyderabad: Nurses will now be given the opportunity to become a doctor in the coming years. Yes, you heard right, because the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is thinking about promoting the nursing profession to become a doctor.
Through the Lateral Entry, of course, graduates of various medical subjects like Nursing, Dental and even AYUSH will be provided admission in MBBS course.
The objective of this ministry’s move is to bridge the gap between demand and supply of doctors in a developing and heavily populated country like India, TT report.
The 2019 draft National Education Policy made it clear that the medical education qualification framework will be developed in collaboration with the National Medical Commission to receive a later entry in MBBS, which will regulate medical education and practice.
With this new concept, nurse practitioners present in the curriculum can offset the unavailability of doctors, which means that they can write medicine like regular practitioners, examine patients, diagnose disease and can provide treatment.
The Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) and License Guidelines for all nurses, including faculty in nursing education, will be prepared by the Indian Nursing Council (INC). An Indian Nurse Registry will also be created.
Not only will the nursing graduates be promoted, but also the mainstream Indian medical AYUSH doctors will be given equal attention.
Under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), AYUSH doctors will be appointed in Primary Health Centers (PHC) and Community Health Centers (CHC).
The Education Policy states, “In view of the country’s pluralistic health care heritage, various health systems such as Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Greek, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) will be brought to the mainstream.”