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Birth Centre, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital, Thimphu, Bhutan


Yangden, Bachelor of Nursing
In Charge of Birth Centre, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital, Thimphu, Bhutan
Société coopérative médicale de Beaulieu scholarship

Currently I work as the Nurse In-charge for the Birth Centre at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) in the capital city Thimphu. I have been working as a clinical nurse for the last 18 and half years. I graduated with diploma in General Nursing and Midwifery from the Faculty of Nursing and Public Health (FoNPH), formerly known as Royal Institute of Health Sciences.

Soon after graduation I was placed initially for one year at the JDWNRH, where I worked in different wards and maternal and child health clinics. Then I was posted to Damphu General Hospital in Tsirang district where I worked for seven years. My main job responsibilities included nursing care during shift duties for in-patients of all categories, midwifery care to women in labour, public health education activities, outreach family planning camps in coordination with the district health sector and programmes. I had also served as Nurse In-charge and was responsible for oversight over nurses and ward-boys, making duty rosters and maintenance of the ward and coordinating ward rounds with the doctors.

In early 2005 I was transferred to JDWNRH where I was placed at the Maternity Ward -working in both the both maternity and delivery section in rotations. Soon I was given the charge of Delivery section which I spearheaded to develop into a full-fledged and dedicated Birthing Center following the commissioning of the 350-bedded new hospital at JDWNRH. Since then I am responsible for leading and managing the Birthing Centre including provision of supervision and monitoring, conducting practical classes to the professional colleagues and student trainees from FoNPH, guiding the medical interns and postgraduate residents who are posted at the centre.

In December 2006 I was selected for the Bachelor of Nursing (BN) training programme which was conducted by the La Trobe University - Australia, in coordination with the FoNPH. I successfully completed the BN course by securing an aggregate of 78.12% I also had availed short-term trainings in Safe Motherhood Strategy for Asia in Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP) in Tokyo - Japan (2009), Executive Programme on Nursing Management at the Nangyang Polytechnic in Singapore (2011), Updates in Midwifery at Siriraj Hospital - Bangkok, Thailand (2013).

I was also a member of task force in the development and revision of Midwifery Standards for Safe Motherhood, Maternal and Neonatal Death Investigations protocol, Midwifery curriculum component for Diploma programme in Community Health at FoNPH, Logbook for Midwifery trainees.