The Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Nagpur observed International Nurses Day on 11May 2017 as a tribute to Ms. Florence Nightingale on her birthday on 12th May. Dr.Ravi Wankhede Director of MOHAN Foundation, Nagpur center was the Chief Guest for the function. Present on the occasion were Dr. Jagdish Hedaoo, Mrs. Joseph the Nursing Superintendent of the Hospital, Mr. Patil Principal of the Government Nursing College and others. The program was held at the API hall of GMCH.
The program began with a brief introduction and lighting of the lamp by the guests. A welcome song was sung by the trainee nurses followed by floral sapling presentation. Dr. Wankhede said that Nursing profession is very intimately connected with the subject of organ transplantation. He said Nurses are more closely associated with the patients and their relatives and hence there was a great need to understand the subject. He later gave a PPP and explained in details about the miracle of transplantation which helps thousands of people with gift of light and sight. He gave historical progress, the huge need of organs for end stage organ failure patients, who have no other alternative to survive. He explained the legal, social, religious, medical and other angles which lead to several people benefiting from organs from people who were brain death. He showed a short video explaining why brain death occurs.
He emphasized that Nurses can play a very important role to counsel relatives of the patients who may end up with brain death. Dr. Wankhede said Nurses can undergo transplant coordinators training or at-least by understand the subject. After the talk a few participants asked questions which were answered to their satisfaction.
Mr.Bulu Behera Transplant Coordinator from MOHAN Foundation Nagpur Center later distributed brochures. Mr. Samir Surve ward No-8 nursing incharge gave a vote of thanks to Dr. Ravi Wankhede and to the audience. 50 nurses picked up the pamphlets. Two of them signed consent form and took donor cards.