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Professional Development Programme for Prison Nurses .

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 development programme.

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 in prisons.

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.




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