• To understand how COVID-19 affected hospitals in India
• To learn how a hospital in India responded to the challenges presented by COVID-19
• To develop ideas for your hospital with regard to managing COVID-19 patients
India reported its index case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in January 2020 and since then there has been an alarming rise in cases. In response to the worsening pandemic and the challenge presented by COVID-19 for hospitals in the public sector, the Government of India asked the country’s private hospitals to reserve a percentage of their beds for COVID-19 patients.
This article describes how nursing services at the Christian Medical College, Vellore – an unaided, not-for-profit quaternary care teaching hospital in Tamil Nadu, India – addressed various challenges to ensure a sustained, high-quality nursing care response to increased patient load. The main challenges included changing COVID-19 policies, ensuring the hospital was prepared to care for COVID-19 patients, and ensuring the availability of nurses.
The article demonstrates how proactive planning, empowered involvement of nursing leaders and collaborative efforts resulted in deployment and training of 1,400 nurses, and ensured coordinated care for more than 10,000 patients with COVID-19.
Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2021.e1978Peer review
This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated softwareCorrespondence
Lee P, Margaret N (2021) Nursing organisation during COVID-19: experiences of an unaided, not-for-profit quaternary care teaching hospital in India. Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2021.e1978
Acknowledgements The authors would like to acknowledge Asha Solomon, professor, College of Nursing, Christian Medical College, Vellore, for content organisation
Published online: 22 June 2021
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