Romanian Nursing

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Background

Low wages and a 40 year dearth of medical information left Romania with little real nurse training and very poor standards.

This meant that although many Romanians have been struggling to improve things, patients lack the care and professional standards that we in the West take for granted.

Over the years we have tried our best to implement change at a national level through various initiatives. While some of these have had little impact, this is too important a subject to walk away from. So we are now working from the grassroots up.

We translated the Bailliere's Nursing Dictionary into Romanian - with the kind permission of Ballieres and the generous funding of our kind friend the late Maria Bjornson RIP (whose grandmother was the first Romanian woman to qualify as a medical Doctor).

This was sent this to all the nursing schools, hospitals and given free to many Romanian nurses.

Among our major initaitives was a pioneering programme to ensure better standards of nursing care in children's hospital units.

This project, at a major children's hospital in Bucharest, centered around corrective surgery for Romanian orphans. Owing to the culture of families looking after children when they are in Romanian hospitals, there was a major need to ensure that these children without families received proper care and attention.

There was also a pressing need to support and fund the motivated Romanian nurses to implement changes in the hospital and sidestep the traditional system of those child patients whose families were forced to pay for decent care by "private payments" to medical staff, simply to ensure they do their job.

Accordingly we set up a training and monitoring programme, and funded extra nursing care.

This introduced care plans for each child and provided the resources needed to provide adequate care and improve infection control in the wards and Intensive Care departments.

In adition we supplied play rooms for the children with full time play workers.

Our day to day involvement in the programme ended in late 2003. However we still keep a "watching brief" in that we continue to employ the coordinator on a part time basis. We also continue to fund a play worker to ensure the children are stimulated.

We are happy to report that some of those involved in the programme have recently moved into senior postions in the hospital where their dedication and motivation will ensure improvements for all the patients. We hope this will spread to other hospitals as originally envisaged.

 

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