Pune: The Medical Education and Drugs Department of the State government has put a stay on continuous nursing education (CNE) workshops because of increasing complaints that excessive fees were being charged.
For the purpose of re-licensure and certification of nurses at private and government hospitals, Maharashtra nursing council, Mumbai, had started continuous nursing education. The council had been directed to conduct the workshop once in every two months.
However, the State medical department has received several complaints orally and in writing stating that in the name of these workshops, the organisers have been demanding excessive fees from nurses.
The State government, in a circular, notified that currently there are no provisions of conducting CNE workshops under Maharashtra Nursing Act 1966. Hence, taking note of it, unless there is any further development in this regard with CNE, it has been decided to stall the course.
CNE was initiated to provide extra qualifications to nurses adhering quality care and nursing to patients. Through this, nurses get an opportunity to seek more education, learn new developments, which they can apply when taking care of patients. It also makes them eligible for senior nursing positions.