Yale University, in partnership with the Indian Nursing Council, Government of India, will be developing post-graduate curriculum for the Indian Institute of Advanced Nursing (IIAN): short courses for undergraduate nursing faculty, short courses for nurses working in specialist HIV clinics, 1-year post graduate diploma courses developing HIV patient management skills, 2-year MSc courses specializing in clinical management and HIV. In addition to training diploma/graduate/postgraduate nurses and faculty in courses on the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, there will be a strong focus on foundational skills for nurses in patient and clinical management.
Yale is committed to the curriculum development, faculty training, monitoring and evaluation and providing the in-kind costs of US,556 USD; they are also helping to secure additional funding for years three to five of the program.
The Government of India is committed to financially supporting a percentage of the monitoring and evaluation costs approximating US,000 USD over years three through five of the program. In addition, the government of India has donated 1 million USD to the build costs and five acres of land (approximate value of US million).
Students will be clinical nurses and nursing faculty from India and other nations, who will undertake short continuing education or longer post-graduate degree courses. These courses will be developed by Yale University, in partnership with the Indian Nursing Council and, for clinical practice purposes, based alongside one of the largest HIV/AIDS treatment centers in the country. The goal of this commitment is to have IIAN accept its first batch of students in 2010. Within three years of operations, an estimated 18,000 local nurses will be trained either at IIAN or by IIAN-trained nursing faculty at other nursing colleges throughout India. Conservative estimates project that existing facilities today, which are at or near current capacity, could treat at least 35% more HIV/AIDS patients with the same number of doctors, as a result.
The institute will be governed by an independent body, the Advanced Nursing Foundation to ensure the institute is autonomous, dynamic and transparent in its management and that it fulfills its constitutional, regulatory and legal obligations.
Although the number of trained nurses is on the increase, there remains an acute shortage of nurses capable of diagnosing and treating HIV/AIDS. Deploying nurses more broadly could potentially free up over 20% of doctors' time. The larger goal of this work is to serve as a catalyst for broader nursing reform in the country. The Indian government's long-term aspiration is to develop a series of fice to ten IIAN Institutes specializing in a variety of public health disciplines such as chronic disease management, maternal health and communicable diseases, changing the role of the nurse in India from an 'administrative assistant' to a fully fledged manager in the form of a nurse practitioner.
Investment capital, donations for the cost of curriculum development and for the building cost of the institute.
Currently unfunded curriculum development costs years 1 and 2: $568,623
Currently unfunded curriculum assessment costs, years 3-5: $390,240
Currently unfunded build costs for the institute: $3.5 million