Critical care nursing is a postgraduate residency program that was initiated by the Indian Nursing Council to address the critical care service requirements for the increasing number of patients across India due to the increasing burden of communicable and noncommunicable diseases among its population. This article describes the experiences and challenges of a leading nursing institution in India, the Manipal College of Nursing (Manipal), in initiating and implementing the program. Additionally, the authors discuss the need for starting a critical care nurse practitioner program in India and the introduction of critical care nursing in the country. The government of India and the Indian Nursing Council have made a prudent decision to start a postgraduate residency program in critical care to address the requirement of the Indian population. Despite the infancy stage of this program, its graduates provide hope for competent care to critically ill patients. It is the most cost-effective method for a resource-scarce country such as India to fulfill the requirements of critically ill patients. However, further nationwide uniform policies are essential for credentialing, privileging, and creating appropriate employment for the graduates of the program.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Advanced and Specialised Nursing