Bethany Hospital, Shillong in 2010 started a Certified Vocational Course here in after called "Health Assistant" course. These Certified Health Assistants serve to bridge the gap in providing adequate Nursing care and work in tandem with the Staff Nurses of the ward. The first batch of students have all been employed in this Hospital and the outcome is extremely encouraging. These trained personnel who could efficiently perform such duties under the direct supervision of a Staff Nurse, thereby leaving more room for the latter to concentrate on the more finer aspect of the patients care and handling any situation more effectively as and when they arise.
Certified Health Assistant (CHA) provides a basic nursing service under the supervision of a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or a Registered Nurse (RN). Since the Health Assistant's curriculum encompasses a broad based syllabus, it is believed that such candidates can be employed in any health care related institutions/settings such as a Hospital, Nursing Home. Community Center, Hospice, School, Outpatient facility and so on.
Also, this is an area where aspirants to become Nurses can look for an alternative, who for some genuine reasons were not able to complete their HSSLC which is a pre-requisite for the GNM or BSc. Nursing Course, thereby, opening new avenues for employment to these candidates.
Due to lack of full training, a CHA does not have the powers and responsibilities of a Registered Nurse (RN) but gives the individual a good insight into the healthcare profession and serve the society as a whole.
The daily duties of a CHA depend on his/her work setting, and include the following: