BHUBANESWAR: Odisha Government has prescribed a set of guidelines for nursing hostels in the State to ensure safety and security of inmates, facilitate smooth management, improve the standard and bring uniformity.
As per the new guidelines issued by Health and Family Welfare Department, principals of the nursing training institutions, who are responsible for the proper management of hostels, will ensure safe staying of the students.
While the principal will nominate one of the faculties as hostel superintendent on rotation basis, the tenure will not be less than three months. The tutors or clinical instructors will manage the duty of warden for a period of one month each on rotation in case the post of warden or matron is vacant or not created.
The department has asked the nursing institutions to have a hostel committee comprising superintendent, matrons/wardens and four faculties under the chairmanship of the principal. The committee will verify the applications, allot rooms to students and fix a norm for allotment of rooms.
According to the guidelines, hostel matron/warden or any other authorised member of the institute can inspect any room any time. Hostel inmates will keep Identity cards with them and must show to any hostel or institute authority whenever asked for.
While regular health check-up of students would be ensured by class teachers concerned and records maintained, the hostel superintendent would take prompt action for medical care whenever an inmate falls ill and under no circumstance any boarder would be sent home in ailing condition.
CCTV cameras would be installed at the entrance of the hostel as well as visitors’ room and monitored by the hostel matron/warden or the superintendent. Every girls hostel should have a separate boundary of preferably eight feet height with a gate and under no circumstance girl boarders be called to the residence of teachers.
The institutions having hostel facilities, however, would have to raise kitchen garden on the hostel campus and hold parent-teacher meets on a quarterly basis on a holiday, preferably second Sunday.