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Introduction : The Directorate of Nursing Services is the central body and focal point from which all activities relating to nursing are managed. The Directorate of Nursing Services has the similar responsibilities in terms of autonomy, authority and executive power as the others Directorate under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Directorate of Nursing Services is a member in all policy making committees at National level relating to nursing, health and family planning. She is the key decision maker for nursing education and services.

Key area of responsibilities of the Director :

  • Administration and Management of all nurses and non nurses employed within Government sector relating to nursing services;
  • Education and Training;
  • Planning and Policy Development;
  • Budgeting and Accounts;
  • Maintenance of Nursing Institutes and Nursing Hostel;
  • Procurement of furniture, equipment, teaching aids and books;
  • Management of the Development Project/programme;
  • Coordination with other Ministries and Health Department;
  • Chairman of the appointing and promotion committee, tender committee, central admission committee, member-secretary of the best nurses selection committee
  • Coordination with DGHS, DGFP & other Directorates
  • Coordination with Bangladesh Nursing Council.

Present scenario of Nursing in Bangladesh: Nursing Services:

The Nursing profession in Bangladesh has increased and reached at sustainable level. This profession has demonstrated it’s will to succeed in a creditable force within the health care team. Nurses of Bangladesh are now ready to contribute in improving the quality care of clients for the achievement the goal of National Health Services. At present there are approximately 20000 registered nurses of which 14686 nurses are working in the Govt. Services. Rest of the nurses are working in private sectors in country and abroad like UK, USA & Middle-East.

The registered nurses are working in public & private sectors in different posts & position in different Hospital, College & Institutes from primary level to tertiary level of health care delivery system of Bangladesh.

Nursing Education (Basic Diploma):

There are 38 Nursing Institutes in Govt. sector 5 in private sector preparing registered nurse midwives, yearly student intake 1135. There are 7 more Nursing Institutes are under construction in the different District of Bangladesh. and 5 new nursing institutes are awaiting for approval of ECNEC

Post Basic Education:

The College of Nursing is affiliated to Dhaka University offering B.Sc. in Nursing & B.Sc. in Public Health Nursing, yearly students intake 125 including 5 foreign students. Another College of Nursing is under construction and site selection for two more College of Nursing is completed. An Off-Shore Master Programme has bee started at College of Nursing funded by WHO under the University of Adelaide, Australia. There are ten students studying per year. Initiative has been taken by the Govt. to start in-country Masters Programme.

Continuing and In-service Education :

There are four Divisional Continuing Education Centre and two Rural Teaching Centres for continuing education and in-service training of nurses.

Selected nurses have had the chance to go abroad for higher education and they have obtained B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree, diplomas and certificates course in specialized areas of nursing through fellowship programmes. though such programmes are not available on a regular basis.

Bangladesh Nursing Council (BNC):
  • The Bangladesh Nursing Council (BNC) is non-Govt. organization.
  • BNC is to ensure standard of nursing education and practice.
  • Maintain registered nurses registration of qualified Nurses and Midwives, Family Welfare Visitors (FWV) and Assistant Nurses.
  • Act as regulatory body
  • Set the curriculum and review the syllabus for Nurses, Midwives and Family Welfare Visitors (FWV)
  • Provide registration as a license to practice and renew it every five years.

Recent Development in Nursing Education and Services:

In recent year a tremendous important/development has taken place in Nursing Education & Services in Bangladesh through several initiatives taken by Bangladesh Govt. with Financial assistance from GOB, WHO & DFID.

The following are the specific development which are worth citing:
  • Centralized admission system is introduced in basic Nursing Course from 2000.
  • Reviewing the Basic Nursing Curriculum by the financial assistance of WHO and consultants from Thailand & Bangladeshi Nursing Officers. has been completed and awaiting for approval.
  • The curriculum of B.Sc. Nursing and B.Sc. Public Health Nursing has been updated which is implementing for providing a stronger focus on community health care, modern teaching methodologies & standard care.
  • An Off-shore Master programme has been started at College of Nursing funded by WHO under the University of Adelaide, Australia. Ten students are offering this three years programme. After completion of feasibilities studies in-country Master Programme may be started in Bangladesh
  • In-services training given to the different categories of Nurses in different areas (Orientation, Management, Leadership, Infection Control, Women’s Health etc.)
  • Nursing Standards, introduced only in few hospitals, it is replicating in other hospitals also.
  • SEARO Midwifery standard also introduced in few hospitals, which is also replicating in other hospitals
  • Six textbooks, six teachers guidelines & two dictionaries in Bangla are currently being published.
  • An educational & practice network has been established to facilitate the exchange of two way communication between DNS, BNC vise-versa nurses in the field.
  • Nursing Research Cell has been established at the College of Nursing, a few Nursing Research has been started in Bangladesh

Progress under Present Govt.

  • 200 post of Staff Nurse has been created
  • 1971 Staff Nurses employed
  • Proposal submitted to the MOH&FW for increased the pay scale and up grading the status of nursing officers
  • Proposal for creation of different categories of post of nurses has been submitted to the MOH&FW
  • Furniture & Instrument has been supplied to the Nursing Institutes through DFID
  • Renovation of DNS Office, 21 Nursing Institute & BNC completed
  • Computer has been supplied to the Nursing Institutes and each section of DNS Office. There is a Server computer installed at the DNS office
  • Four Principal and three Lecturer, 41 2nd. class Nursing Officers (Nursing Instructor, Dy. Nursing Superintendent & Dist. Public Health Nurses) have been promoted
  • Proposal for promotion of 13 Nursing Officers to the post of class-1 has been submitted to the MOH&FW
  • Two Nursing Officers have been recruited in Lien to the WHO as Consultant and Programme Coordinator respectively
  • Proposal for creation of post of 800 Nursing Supervisors and 2000 Senior Staff Nurses has been submitted to the MOH&FW
  • 70% post of Class -3 and Class-4 employees have been filled up through recruitment
  • Proposal for changing of designation of Staff Nurse to Senior Staff Nurse has been submitted to the MOH&FW
  • 13 Nurses have been completed MPH course from NIPSOM
  • Four Nursing Officer have been completed study tour from Thailand on Regulation on Nursing and Midwifery with special emphasis on accreditation of nursing and midwifery education programme and effective function of the council and they are working to develop guidelines for accreditation system & quality assurance
  • Workshop for Leadership for Change completed
  • To develop lesson plan for revision of Diploma Nursing Curriculum going on
  • Preparation of draft guidelines for hospital nursing services management for various levels of nursing managers, to develop a system for quality assuarnce in nursing services and/or for in-service education for nurses and midwives in selected hospitals going on.
  • Meeting of National Network for Senior Nurses in education and Service sectors to improve the quality of services and education completed
  • Two vehicle procured under WHO work plan N0. BAN OSD 002 for College of Nursing and Directorate of Nursing Services respectively
  • Training/workshop on Nursing Leadership and Management going on
  • Training/workshop for Orientation/Refresher course for Nursing Supervisors going on
  • Six vehicle have been procured for four divisional continuing education centre and two Rural teaching centre
  • Proposal has been submitted to the MOH&FW to create different categories of post for newly constructed Nursing Institutes.
  • Proposal for equipments and vehicle for 6 newly constructed nursing institute has been submitted to CMSD.
  • Construction work of Nursing Institute, Panchagor has been started in 2003-2004 and 26% work has been completed

Manpower :

  • Directorate of Nursing Services (HQ)

  • SL. No. Name of Post

    Permanent post

    Non-permanent post

    Development post

    1

    Director

    1 - -
    2 Deputy Director 2 - -
    3

    Project Officer

    1 - -
    4 Asstt. Director 2 - -
    5 Statistician - - 1
    6 Administrative Officer 1 - -
    7 Accounts Officer 1 - -
    8 Upper Division Assistant 5 - 1
    9 Accountant 1 - -
    10 Steno Typist 3 - -
    11 Cashier 1 - -
    12 Office Asstt. cum. Typist 14 - 2
    13 Duplicating Machine Operator 1 - -
    14 Driver 3 - -
    15 Daftory 1 - -
    16 Cash Sarker 1 - -
    17 MLSS 13 - -
    18 Darwan cum-Night guard 3 - -
    19 Sweeper 2 - -

  • Office of the Divisional Assistant Director (Nursing ( Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna and Rajshahi)

  • 1

    Dy. Director (Nursing)

    - - 4
    2

    Assistant Director (Nursing)

    4 - 4
    3

    Office Assistant cum-Typist

    4 - -
    4 MLSS      

  • Post under control of the Directorate of Nursing Services in the different Hospitla/Institute

  • SL. No. Name of Post Permanent post

    Non-permanent post

    Development post
    1

    Nursing Superintendent

    16 - -
    2

    Dy. Nursing Superintendent

    41 - -
    3

    Nursing Instructor

    126 - -
    4 District Public Health Nurse 64 - -
    5 Nursing Supervisor 479 250 147
    6

    Senior Staff Nurse

    5268 4994 -
    7 Staff Nurse - 2000 -
    8 Assistant Nurse 962 457  
    9 Total 6956 7701 286

  • College of Nursing, Mohakhali, Dhaka

  • SL. No. Name of Post Permanent post

    Non-permanent post

    Development post
    1

    Principal

    1 - -
    2

    Lecturer

    10 - -
    3

    Instructor

    4 - -
    4 Head Clerk 1 - -
    5 Accountant 1 - -
    6 Steno Typist 1 - -
    7 Upper Division Asstt. 1 - 1
    8 Home Visitor 1 - -
    9 Store keeper 1 - -
    10 Office Asstt.Cunm-Typist 3 - 1
    11

    LB; Asstt.

    2 - -
    12

    Asstt. Librarian

    1 - -
    13 Cashier 1 - -
    14 House Keeper 1 - -
    15 Artist 1 - -
    16 Driver 1 - -
    17 Daftory 1 - -
    18 MLSS 25 - -
    19 Cook/Mosalchi 6 - -
    20 Sweeper 3 - -
    21 Total 67 - 2

  • Nursing Institute attached to eight Medical College Hospitals:
    SL. No. Name of Post Permanent post

    Non-permanent post

    Development post
    1

    Principal

    8 - -
    2

    Nursing Instructor

    48 - -
    3

    Head Asstt./ Accountant

    8 - -
    4 House Sister 8 - -
    5

    House Keeper

    8 - -
    6 Office Asstt. cum-Typist 16 - -
    7 Cashier 8 - -
    8 Driver 8 - -
    9 Daftory 8 - -
    10 MLSS 104 - -
    11

    Cook/ Masalchi

    40 - -
    12

    Sweeper

    24 - -
    13 Total 288 - -

  • Nursing Institute attached to twelve (Old Dist) General Hospital:

  • SL. No. Name of Post Permanent post

    Non-permanent post (ad-hoc)

    Development post
    1

    Nursing Instructor In-Charge

    12 - -
    2

    Nursing Instructor

    24 - -
    3

    Accountant

    12 - -
    4

    House Keeper

    12 - -
    5

    Office Asstt. cum-Typist

    12 - -
    6 Driver 12 - -
    7 Daftory 12 - -
    8 MLSS 48 - -
    9 Cook/Mosalchi 24 - -
    10

    Sweeper

    12 - -
    11

    Total

    180 - -

  • Nursing Institute attached to eighteen (New Dist) Sadar Hospital:

  • SL. No. Name of Post Permanent post

    Non-permanent post

    Development post
    1

    Nursing Instructor

    36 - 18
    2

    House Keeper

    18 - -
    3

    Upper Division Asstt.

    - - 18
    4

    Cashier

    - - 18
    5

    Office Asstt cum-Typist

    18 - -
    6 Driver - - 18
    7 Daftory 18 - -
    8 MLSS 54 - -
    9 Mali - - 18
    10

    Table boy

    - - 36
    11

    Cook/Masalchi

    36 - 36
    12 Darwan - - 54
    13 Sweeper 18 - 18
    14 Total 198 - 234

  • Four Divisional Continuing Education Centre (Mymensingh, Chittagong, Barisal & Rajshahi)
    SL. No. Name of Post Permanent post

    Non-permanent post

    Development post
    1

    Chief Coordinator

    - 4 -
    2

    Asstt. Coordinator

    - 4 -
    3

    Nursing Instructor

    - 4 -
    4

    Upper Division Asstt.

    - 36 -
    5

    Office Asstt cum-Typist

    - 4 -
    6 Driver - 4 -
    7 MLSS - 48 -
    8 Total - 104 -
  • Two Rural Teaching Centre (Harinakundo, Jhinaidah & Gabtoli, Bogra)
    SL. No. Name of Post Permanent post

    Non-permanent post

    Development post
    1

    Chief Coordinator

    - 2 -
    2

    Asstt. Coordinator

    - 2 -
    3

    Nursing Instructor

    - 12 -
    4

    Upper Division Asstt.

    - 2 -
    5

    Office Asstt cum-Typist

    - 2 -
    6 Driver - 2 -
    7 MLSS - 24 -
    8 Total - 46 -
  • Govt. Nursing Institutes
    SL. No. Name of Nursing Institute (NI) Sanctioned seat

    Year

    Four programme
    1

    NI. DMCH

    180 1st-4th 720
    2

    NI. SSMC, Mitford Hospital, Dhaka

    20   80
    3

    NI. MMCH, Mymsnsingh

    25   100
    4

    NI. CMCH, Chittagong

    50   200
    5

    NI Sylhet

    50   200
    6 NI Barisal 50   200
    7 NI Rajshahi 50   200
    8 NI Rangpur 50   200
    9 NI Faridpur 25   100
    10

    NI Tangail

    25   100
    11 NI Khulna 25   100
    12 NI Jessore 25   100
    13 NI Kushtia 25   100
    14 NI Comilla 25   100
    15 NI Noakhali 25   100
    16 NI Rangamati 25   100
    17 NI Patuakhali 25   100
    18 NI Dinajpur 25   100
    19

    NI Pabna

    25   100
    20 NI Bogra 25   100
    21 NI Sherpur 20   80
    22 NI Chuadanga 20   80
    23 NI Magura 20   80
    24 NI Satkhira 20   80
    25 Chapainowabgong 20   80
    26 Netrokona 20   80
    27 NI Rajbari 20   80
    28 NI Munshigong 20   80
    29 NI Feni 20   80
    30 NI Cox,s Bazar 20   80
    31 NI B-Baria 20   80
    32 NI Moulvi Bazar 20   80
    33 NI Bhola 20   80
    34 NI Serajgong 20   80
    35 NI Kurigram 20   80
    36 NI Joypurhat 20   80
    37 NI Thakurgaon 20   80
  • One Army and 5 Private Nursing Institute:
    1. Nursing Institute attached to Holy Family Redcrecent Hospital, Dhaka
    2. Nursing Institute attached to Kumudini hospital, Mirzapur, Tangail
    3. Nursing Institute attached to Christian Mission Hospital, Rajshahi
    4. Nursing Institute attached to Christian Mission Hospital, Chandragona
    5. Nursing Institute attached to Zahurul Islam Medical College Hospital, Bajitpur, Kishorgong
    6. Nursing Institute attached to Armed Forces Nursing Services, Combined Military Hospital, Dhaka Cantt.
  • Nursing Institute under construction:
Name of Nursing Institute Name of construction firm Progress  (%)
Nursing College, Bogra CMMU 90%
Nursing Institute, Naogaon CMMU 100%
Nursing Institute Nilphamari CMMU 100%
Nursing Institute Madaripur CMMU 100%
Nursing Institute Gopalgong CMMU 95%

Nursing Institute Barguna

CMMU 95%
Nursing Institute Perojpur CMMU 95%
Nursing Institute Panchagar PWD 23%
 

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Rules/ Regulation

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