On 7 March 2014, the Council of Europe, Ministry of
Corrections and University of Georgia will launch a professional development
programme for prison nurses, in the framework of the European Union/Council of
Europe joint programme ‚ÄúHuman rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions‚ÄĚ.
Following discussions with the Ministry of Corrections
on the educational needs of the current medical staff, the Council of Europe
project team ‚Äď together with the University of Georgia ‚Äď has developed a
comprehensive 1-month professional development programme.
During the course of this programme, 75 nurses working
in prisons throughout Georgia will learn about modern nursing principles,
communication with patients, general nursing skills, behaviour in critical
situations and administering medication, as well as self-defence techniques, and
will carry out various medical procedures at the ‚Äėsimulation hospital‚Äô of the
University of Georgia, using advanced technologies, multifunctional
mannequins/dummies and various other simulators. Taking into consideration the
need to train nurses without the distraction of their on-going work, the
training will take place on Friday afternoons and in the weekends.
Invited local professors, members of the Association of Nurses and foreign
specialists in combination with the modern educational infrastructure of the
University of Georgia will ensure the high quality of the professional
Following exams at the end of the training, successful
graduates of the courses will be awarded with a certificate of ‚Äúadvanced nurse‚ÄĚ
and will be offered various job-related benefits.
The programme will enhance the professional skills of
prison nurses, set a precedent for continuous education, lay foundations for
improving the application of European standards and human rights in prison
healthcare and contribute to the creation of a more healthy and safe environment
This activity is organised in the framework of the European Union/Council of
Europe Joint Programme ‚ÄúHuman Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions‚ÄĚ.
This programme was launched in July 2013 and aims to strengthen human rights of
people in prisons, police detention and other facilities and improve access to
healthcare for persons deprived of their liberty.
For more information see: www.coe.int / www.coe.ge