Ophthalmic Nursing Assistants

Program Objectives

The aim of this program is to train young women as ophthalmic nursing assistants to provide comprehensive eye care to patients with sincerity and dedication.

The program will enable ophthalmic nursing assistants to become conversant with basic ocular anatomy and physiology. They will develop a better understanding of common eye disorders, diagnostic tests and surgical treatments, in addition to their medical and nursing skills, as a foundation for specialty training.

The ophthalmic nursing assistants will be trained in effective communication skills in the ambulatory service unit, in-patient wards and the surgical preoperative area so as to understand the role and responsibilities of being a team member in patient care.

They will assist ophthalmologists in organizing and conducting community eye care programs and also work as public health nurses. They will be trained to use their skills of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation in providing quality care. The course will inculcate in them the thirst for continuous learning and self-improvement.

Admission Procedure

Basic qualifications

Applicants should be unmarried women candidates who have passed Class X with not less than 50 percent marks in the overall aggregate. They should be between 17 to 25 years of age.

Mode of selection

The session commences in July every year. Final selections will be held in May/June after an entrance examination and interview at LVPEI. The management decision regarding selection of candidates would be final, no appeals will be entertained. Preference will be given to applicants who have secured good marks in Science and English in Class X.

Course duration
Session commences
No. of candidates
Basis of selection
2 years
June / July
10th standard
Written test and interview
6/3 months
January and July
Only sponsored candidates

Program Details

Short-term program

We also provide specialized short-term training to nursing personnel for delivering quality care to ophthalmic patients. The candidates eligible for this course should have successfully completed the Auxiliary Nurse Midwifery course, a multipurpose health worker or trained nursing care program, as part of a vocational course. Candidates for this program have to be sponsored by a hospital.

Long-term program

The duration of the program is two years – the first year is divided into two semesters, and the second year includes an internship.

In the first semester, trainees will learn the fundamentals of nursing, anatomy and physiology, therapeutic communications in nursing and pharmacology. The second semester will focus on common ocular disorders, ophthalmic theatre, and microbiology, which will be followed by practical experience.

In the second year, i.e. internship, the students will undergo supervised and intensive practical training. This helps bridge the gap between the academic perspectives and the conflict between practical experience upon entering the work arena. The experience will enable them to gain confidence in their professional skills. Students will be required to work in all the essential shifts, make presentations, and participate in group teaching and discussion. They will be taught professionalism in planning, delivery and evaluation of patient care.

Internal examiners will conduct examinations at the end of each semester. There will be three theory papers followed by practicals.

The trainees’ progress will be monitored regularly and evaluated each month and the scores mailed to their parents/guardians.

Supplementary examinations
At the end of both the first and second semester supplementary examinations will be held for candidates who have failed. If candidates fail in the supplementary examinations too, their names will be struck off the rolls.

Boarding and lodging
Trainees will be provided free, shared bachelors’ accommodation in our campus hostels. Accommodation is also provided at the rural eye care centers during rotation periods.

Cafeteria services are available within the campus and at the rural eye care centers at subsidized rates.

Stipend and leave
Sponcered candidates will receive a monthly stipend of Rs 500 during the first year and Rs 600 during the second year

During the second year candidates will receive a monthly stipend of Rs 600.

Trainees will be allowed 12 days leave per year, in addition to designated holidays. Additional leave will be granted only for reasons of health after proper justification.

For further details contact
Education Centre,
L V Prasad Eye Institute,
L V Prasad Marg, Banjara Hills,
Hyderabad - 500 034
Telephone: +91-40-3061 2567 / 68
Fax: +91-40-2354 8271
Email: education@lvpei.org

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