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Odisha Cabinet: Now Staff Nurses Will Be Known As Nursing Officers

Bhubaneswar: The State Health and Family Welfare Department on Thursday proposed to bring the Odisha Nursing Service (Methods of Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Amendment Rules, 2020 that promises promotion for contractual nurses.

At present, the nursing posts are filled up and service conditions are followed in accordance with the rules of Odisha Nursing Service (Methods of Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 2019.

Besides, in order to comply with the guidelines stipulated by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, and to comply with the norms of Medical Council of India, the nomenclature of the Staff Nurses/ Assistant Matron/ Matron/ Chief Matron has been changed to Nursing Officer/ Assistant Nursing Superintendent/ Deputy Nursing Superintendent/ Nursing Superintendent respectively.

In the present format, there is the provision of inducting the contractual Staff Nurses duly recruited by the Schemes/Societies into the general health care. But eligible schemes had not been defined properly.

Now it has been decided by the state cabinet to induct/ regularize those contractual Nursing Officers (Staff Nurses) who have been duly recruited by concerned Societies/Schemes for working in different fixed Health care Facilities only against the posts approved/ sanctioned by the Government in the Programme Implementation Plan (PIP)/Action Plan of concerned Society/Scheme.

As per a press release by the government, a period of 10 years will be counted from the date of regularization for the promotion of Nursing Officers.

The pattern of examination has been detailed in the amendment rule. There shall be a written test carrying 100 marks comprising of objective type (multiple choice) questions and the examination shall be of 2 hours duration.

Describing the examination patter, the release stated, “There will be negative marking for each wrong answer and for each wrong answer 0.25 marks will be deducted from the marks awarded for correct answers. 60% of the questions will be based on the subjects taught in the syllabus, 25 % of the questions will be based on practical skills, 10% of the questions will be on Arithmetic and 5% of the questions on English of HSC standard.”

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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