The Department of Public Health of American International University-Bangladesh successfully arranged a Workshop and Seminar for Nurses on “Increasing Opportunities for Nurses in Public Health” on 11 September, 2015. The programme comprised of a workshop followed by interactive sessions with the nurses and then a career oriented seminar and quiz competition. About 200 nurses attended this program with great enthusiasm. Channel I and Radio Foorti were partners of this program.
Nurses are an integral part of the country as well as the society. The basic pillars of health care are on their shoulder as they are the ones who provide the direct care to the patients with the guideline of the doctors. Many countries have a huge field in nursing and it is one of the biggest sectors in the world which generates revenues. Our country is very much in the run for this but our number of skilled nurses is very less. AIUB thus thought of taking the chance to let the nurse community know more about their potentials and the opportunities they have in the career of nursing.
The day long program was inaugurated by Chief Guest Brig. Gen. (Rtd.) Md. Abdul Majid Bhuiyan, Director (Hospital), Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) along with Prof. Dr. Charles Villanueva, Pro-Vice Chancellor, AIUB. He welcomed every participant and explained the importance of nurses in the sector of public health in his speech. The program was then addressed by Dr. Md. Abdur Rahim, Faculty Member, MPH, AIUB. The program started with an inspiring video made by Dr. Mohammad Aurangzeb where the history of nursing was shown in animation. Dr.Ugochi U. Irikannu, BSN, MS, Dr.PH Health and Medical Supervisor, Chevron Bangladesh conducted workshop as chief facilitator in the morning session. She told about the history of nursing and also discussed about all the opportunities that nurses have in our country as well as abroad. She expressed he deepest belief that Bangladeshi nurses have the potential to do far better that what they are doing now and they just require the proper guideline and a chance to higher education. The participants then went through an interactive session in various groups of how to develop their career.
After the lunch break the program followed with the seminar where two esteemed speakers spoke for the occasion. Maj (retd) Dalia Hossain RM, RN, MPH, B.Sc in Nursing, Principal, Prime Bank Nursing Institute spoke on How to Develop Skills for Nurses. Then BassemaKaraki, RN, BSN California Registered Nurse School, American International School Dhaka (AISD)gave a speech on MPH in building up a good nursing career following which the participants attended a quiz competition and a networking session. Every participant expressed a great interest throughout the program and the auditorium of AIUB was full house in the whole day.
Chief Guest Brig. Gen. Mohammad Mizanur Rahman Director, Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Special Guest, Dr. Mohammad Sadiqur Rahman, Director, Central Police Hospital, Dhaka and Prof. Dr. Tazul Islam, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences gave vote of thanks and distributed prizes among the winners of different competitions. Esteemed faculties such as Professor Nazrul Islam, Dr. Pradeep Sen Gupta, Mahidul Islam and Dr. Farah Mehjabeen were also present in the program. The closing and prize distribution program was conducted by Dr. Md. Aurangzeb, Program Coordinator and his team. Without the support and dedication from Dr. Md. Aurangzeb this program would not have been this successful.
The Department of MPH highly acknowledges the generous support by the AIUB Management in making the program a grand success.