celebrate the "Organ Donation Day",
MOHAN Foundation organized a one day workshop - "Educating Nurses
on Organ Donation" for nursing students of various colleges of Tamil Nadu and
Puducherry. The event was held on Thursday, 28th November 2013 at
Madras Medical Mission Hospital, Chennai. It was supported by
Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust and Sir Ratan Tata Trust and Department of
Nephrology, Madras Medical Mission.
aim of the workshop was to impart knowledge on Organ Donation to nursing
students. Around 400 participants attended the workshop and were awarded four
CME points for their attendance. Student nurses, staff nurses and nursing
college faculty from ten nursing colleges and two hospitals participated
in this program.
Main Objectives of the workshop were:
- To impart knowledge
on deceased Organ Donation and Grief Counselling
- To introduce to the
students the importance of a Transplant Coordinator and taking up
Transplant Coordination as a profession
The workshop started with lighting of
kuthuvilaku by the dignitaries. Following that Dr. Sunil Shroff, Managing
Trustee, MOHAN Foundation, welcomed the gathering. A special address was
given by Ms. Kernal, Staff Nurse, Apollo Hospitals who also happened to be a
member of a donor family. She mentioned that as nurse she had experience
of deceased organ donation, yet when her nephew was declared brain death, she
found it very difficult to explain to her own family about his situation.
She recounted how she convinced her brother and sister-in-law to give consent
for organ donation. As a nurse when she meets the recipient, she rejoices that
her nephew is alive within them but at the same time she maintains the
confidentiality of her relation to the donor.
J. Radhakrishnan, IAS, Secretary to Government, Department of Health &
Family Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu, delivered the chief guest address. In
his talk he mentioned that Organ Donation has been possible because of the
support of the government, cooperation of hospitals and the difficult work of grief
counsellors by transplant coordinators who were being trained by MOHAN
Foundation. He said that training of transplant coordinators should
be added in the nursing curriculum. The inaugural function came to end with the
vote of thanks given by Dr.Hemal Kanvinde, Quality Assurance Manager of MOHAN
were lectures delivered by eminent faculty on topics that covered Concept
of Organ Donation, Identification and Certification of Brain Death, Maintenance
of Brain Dead Patient, Grief Counselling, Skin Donation, Role of recipient
Transplant Coordinator and Experience of a transplant Coordinator.
engage the students in an interactive way two activities were organized A quiz
competition that was conducted by Dr. Navin Jayakumar and street play
competition that was judged by Dr. Umapathy, Asst. Professor, D.G.Vaishva
College and Mrs Elizabeth Alexander, Volunteer, Junior Achiever Worldwide.
Chief Guest for the valedictory function was Ms Chellamal Marriappan,
Secretary, Trained Nurses Association of India, Tamilnadu State Branch and
Administrator, The Evangelical Nurses' Fellowship of India. During the
valedictory function the best nurses from the different hospitals were awarded
- Global Hospital - Mr. Sunil Kumar, Liver ICU Supervisor; Sri
Ramachandra Medical Centre - Ms. Narayani, staff nurse; Rajiv Gandhi Government
General Hospital - Ms. Parimila, Staff Nurse received the award on behalf of
Neurology ward and Ms. Thilaka received the awarded on the behalf of Intensive
Medical Unit. MOHAN Foundation felicitated all the principals of Nursing
competition winners were MMM College of Nursing and Right College of
winners of street play competition were Billroth College of Nursing and
Rajalakshmi College of Nursing.
In her valedictory address Mrs.
Chellammal Mariappan, mentioned about Organ Donation in India, the
importance to have trained nurses in Transplant Field. The valedictory came to
an end with a vote of thanks rendered by Ms. S. Kavitha, Marketing Coordinator,
MOHAN Foundation, Chennai.