Mid-Main Friends of Bangladesh – Bangladesh Health Project

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Mid-Main Friends of Bangladesh – Bangladesh Health Project

Annual Report June 30, 20121

1. Program development a. Students. This has been another active year but we have had on-going problems with Bangladesh Nursing Council, which refuses to register our graduates. As a result, enrolment has dwindled, so that total enrolment across the four years of the program is about forty students. This is a significant concern, discussed further below. b. Graduates This was a very important year for the College of Nursing, because the first graduates were officially recognized during the third Convocation for the University. In late December, twenty-two BSN graduates had their Certificates of Graduation confirmed by the Government of Bangladesh. In the picture below, some are shown with Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof. Mahmuda Khanum and Chair, Health Sciences, Dr. Karen Lund. In all about thirty students have graduated. To the best of our knowledge all those who want to be working have found good jobs. Some are working at private hospitals in Bangladesh as ward staff or senior nurses. Others are junior faculty at private nursing colleges in Nepal. A few have emigrated to USA or UK. One graduate successfully applied to a USA accrediting agency for recognition of her BSN credentials in order to apply for graduate school. and there are now about 70 students enrolled in the IUBAT College of Nursing. A few foreign students continue to enrol, but we are mostly seeing enrolment of Bangladeshis. Our medium-term objective is about 20-25 students in each of three intakes annually; we expect this will result in about 50 students per year graduating.

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c. Course Faculty. Junior Nursing students take general courses with students in other programs. This is an important innovation relative to most nurse training in Bangladesh, which takes place in…...

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