Over 100 nursing schools to be shut down that do not have their own hospitals from the upcoming academic year says National Medical Education Commission’s standards (NMEC).
The NMEC Act of 2018 mandates that universities that offer nursing education have their own hospital with at least 100 beds.
The commission had previously set a two-year deadline for nursing colleges to construct their own hospitals. This year, the two-year deadline had been met.
The nursing colleges affiliated with the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) have yet to construct its own 100-bed hospital after two years. Even universities’ linked colleges have failed to do so.90 of the 133 nursing colleges connected with the CTEVT, as well as 20 institutions affiliated with other universities, do not have their own hospitals, according to CTEVT Spokesperson Binod Badal.And the closing of these colleges will put 3,600 SEE students at risk of being denied admission to CTEVT’s three-year diploma program.
“These schools were set up at a time when there was no law regarding the hospital building. So far, the Council has a system of conducting health education programs in collaboration with other hospitals,” informed Badal.
According to Badal, the Council has a framework in place for implementing health education initiatives in partnership with other hospitals.
Even CTEVT lacks a hospital of its own. It will not be possible to establish it in two years. “The government should provide a way out to promote nursing education teaching,” he added.
Dilli Luintel, NMEC Spokesperson, acknowledged the Act’s flaws, saying, “The nursing industry has a lot of challenges.” The Act was enacted to address these unethical acts. The panel has proposed revisions to the Act to address the issues it has identified.”