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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2784

Training Nurses for Aged Care

By Manjari Peiris
Colombo, 21 April, (Asiantribune.com):

“The spirituality and discipline of Sri Lankans have declined with the new technology evolution, though our country is rich in culture. Our society has lost values to a greater extent, amidst our lives much facilitated with technological tools.

The country is in a pathetic status where children of certain well to do and educated families are throwing their parents on to the road, although elderly care is a family responsibility. As such improvement of the quality of compassion is vital”, stated Minister of Health, Maithripala Sirisena.

The Minister participated as the Chief Guest at the inauguration of Doctor Devi Ranasinghe Training Centre, (WIT) held at Renuka Hotel, in Colpety, recently.

“Within the next 15-20 years a high growth in the old age population would take place in Sri Lanka. Our government has begun an extensive programme for elderly care and it is integrated in the Mahinda Chinthana - Future Vision 10 year development plan. But the government alone cannot face the challenge of increased old age population. Therefore the cooperation of the private sector to look into the needs of old aged people and protection of their health is essential and vital.” Said the Minister.

Early this year, the Health Ministry launched a Five Year National Health Plan and the government has included health care of elderly people in it. It will be implemented progressively.

“Institutions such as WIT are a timely need. Therefore, we will extend our fullest support to the Wickremasinghe Training Centre.” the Minister said.

DRs TQM has been operating since 2000. The Principal advisor for the company is Devi Ranasinghe. She is a registered nurse with over 30 years of experience in the aged care industry, and has collegiate background in business and health education.

Devi Ranasinghe has demonstrated great determination and great achievement in her education and professional development. Since arriving in Australia in 1977, she has undertaken vocational and professional education in nursing and administration, from matriculation, graduate, post graduate diploma, masters, right through to doctoral level. Nursing and aged care has been her work and she has always aligned her academic studies with her main interest in continuous improvement in aged care standards.

She has developed her work academically and on the job, without any formal assistance or support, but out of a wish to improve standards of care.

Working first in acute then in aged care, Devi Ranasinghe has sought to transfer across the more developed and structured approach of the former, to benefit aged care.

"Most of all, we can help one in achieving compliance, so that his/her facility operates in a smooth and efficient manner and in turn residents and families receive the highest standard of practice." Dr. Ranasinghe said.

She sees continuous improvement as a key factor in aged as well as general care, and after training in this field, she applied it to her work at the Kingston Aged Centre in Victoria. Devi developed quality manuals, and educated staff in continuous quality improvement. She introduced contemporary practices to rehabilitation nursing such as promoting resident independence in personal care.

Her doctoral thesis is concerned with an issue of interest to all in aged care - accreditation standards. Her research aims to examine how measurable outcomes can be achieved by introducing 'improvement indicators' to the standards, and the use of Statistical Process Control tools to find, monitor and measure processes and systems in Continuous Quality Improvement in aged care standards.

Devi has shared her knowledge widely at Australian conferences, the 2002 International Quality Congress in the UK and information sessions on Quality Improvement with Data, which has been followed up in publications by the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency in 2002.

Her interest in aged care has not been confined to her doctoral research. She has also studied dementia as a result of working with elderly patients with dementia in the acute and aged sector.

Devi's future vision is that aged care should concentrate on implementing 'Continuous Risk Management' to health and life style standards.

DRs TQM helps aged care facilities identify their organizational system problems in the continuous quality improvement journey. TQM Training Service offers high – level expertise in aged care issues, continuous quality improvement, assessment, education and training. Our training program caters for all levels in the organization from the Managers, Director of Nursing, Registered Nurses to the direct care staff.

The mission of DRs TQM is to offer an affordable, professional service. TQM will provide management with a research based workable system, with excellent educational and training programs for Continuous Quality Improvement.

Their aim is to assist organizations to achieve continuous quality improvement program in accordance with the Commonwealth Government requirements, to support the professional objectives, performance and improvement efforts of an organization and to enable them to demonstrate their commitment to a high quality standard.

- Asian Tribune -

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