To commemorate “World Organ Donation Day”, MOHAN Foundation in collaboration with the Department of Nephrology, Madras Medical Mission organized a one day workshop - “Educating Nurses on Organ Donation” for nursing students of various colleges of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. The event was held on Thursday, 28th November 2013 at Madras Medical Mission Hospital, Chennai. It was supported by Sir Ratan Tata trust and Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust.
The aim of the workshop was to impart knowledge on Organ Donation to nursing students. Around 350 participants participated in the workshop, which included student nurses, staff nurses and nursing college faculty. 10 nursing colleges and 2 hospitals sent their staff and students to participate in this program.
The Main Objectives of the workshop were:
The workshop started with lighting of kuthuvilaku by the dignitaries. Following that Dr. Sunil Shroff, Managing Trustee, MOHAN Foundation, welcomed the gathering. A special address was given by Ms. Kernal, Staff Nurse, Apollo Hospitals and a member of a donor family. She mentioned that as nurse she had experience of deceased organ donation, yet when her nephew was declared brain death, she found it very difficult to explain to her own family about his situation. She recounted how she convinced her brother and sister-in-law to give consent for organ donation. Even now when she meets the recipient, she cannot tell him about the donor.
Dr. J. Radhakrishnan IAS, Secretary to Government, Department of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu, gave chief guest address. In his talk he mentioned that Organ Donation has been possible because of the support of the government, cooperation of hospitals and the difficult work of grief counsellors and transplant coordinators. He said that training of transplant coordinators should be added in the nursing curriculum. The inaugural function came to end with the Vote of Thanks given by Dr. Hemal Kanvinde, Quality Assurance Manager, MOHAN Foundation.
There were lectures delivered by eminent faculty on topics that covered Concept of Organ Donation, Identification and Certification of Brain Death, Maintenance of Brain Dead Patient, Greif Counselling, Skin Donation, Role of Recipient Transplant Coordinator and Experience of a transplant Coordinator. To engage the students in an interactive way two activities were organized. A quiz competition that was conducted by Dr. Navin Jayakumar and street play competition that was judged by Dr. Umapathy, Asst. Professor, D.G.Vaishva College and Mrs. Elizebath Alexander, Volunteer, Junior Achiever Worldwide.
The Chief Guest for the valedictory function was Ms. Chellamal Marriappan, Secretary, Trained Nurses Association of India, Tamilnadu State Branch and Administrator, The Evangelical Nurses' Fellowship of India.
During the valedictory function the best nurses from the different hospitals were awarded -
Global Hospital - Mr. Sunil Kumar, Liver ICU Supervisor;
Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre - Ms. Narayani, staff nurse;
Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital - Ms. Parimala, Staff Nurse received the award on behalf of Neurology ward and Ms. Thilaka received the award on the behalf of Intensive Medical Care Unit.
MOHAN Foundation felicitated all the principals of Nursing Colleges.
Quiz competition winners were MMM College of Nursing and Right College of Nursing.
The winners of street play competition were Billroth College of Nursing and Rajalakshmi College of Nursing.
In her valedictory address Mrs. Chellammal Mariappan, mentioned about Organ Donation in India, the importance to have trained nurses in Transplant Field. The valedictory came to an end with a vote of thanks rendered by Ms. S. Kavitha, Marketing Coordinator, MOHAN Foundation, Chennai.