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OrangeCross has signed an MOU with Odisha Skill Development Authority to

upskill ANM Nurses (with minimum of two years of formal training) for highly intensive home health care

Expected beneficiaries:

i. Direct: Nurses from the state of Odisha, especially from tribal and interior areas.
ii. Indirect: Serious/chronic patients at home and their family members.

Highly intensive nursing training specific to critical home healthcare (like cancer care/palliative care/care for stroke patients), soft skill training and exposure to live situations at hospitals and patients’ homes is the focus. The trainees are provided boarding, lodging and food as per the OSDA norms. Transport facility to commute from their hostels to the training center and onsite training locations are provided by OrangeCross.

Training is imparted by experienced faculty from healthcare industry. Visiting faculty from renowned hospitals/institutes are also a part of the training curriculum.


Periodic tests are carried out to assess the candidates. At the end of the program, there is a final assessment in collaboration with OSDA and OrangeCross followed by a joint certification. OrangeCross ensures employment of the candidates with suitable remuneration as per industry standards.

This training program is meant for qualified nurses who have completed minimum two years of formal training (ANM – Auxiliary Nurses and Mediwives). Currently there are a large number of such nurses, specifically in interior Odisha, who are not gainfully employed. The major reason being NABH Accredited hospitals have stopped recruiting such nurses as per statutory regulations. Some of the ANM nurses get absorbed in small nursing homes and other medical outfits on a temporary basis with very low salary (Rs. 4000-Rs. 5000 per month). Further, this sector is being operated as an unorganized sector with no PF/ESI or other long term benefits.

Most of the ANM nurses selected for this program come from Interior Odisha mostly falling under BPL category.


  • Imparting Skills to qualified nurses to serve in the newly emerging sector of home health care.
  • Focusing on soft skill and specialized skills for nurses to cater to Highly Intensive Home Healthcare. This is meant for the patients dependent on Advanced Life Support System/terminally ill patients/Cancer Patients.
  • To create awareness in the medical fraternity about the availability of such care as an alternative to the standard tertiary care in Hospitals.
  • To bring up Home Health Care as an organized sector that will guarantee better career prospects for aspiring caregivers.
  • To help improve the respectability of the Nursing profession engaged in this sector and in turn attracting more such professionals to take it up a promising career alternative.
  • Also contributing in a small way to the greater social cause of gender equality, helping the people from interior Odisha to join the main stream of socio-economic life.

Competency Plan

  • Expertise in respiratory care for COPD patients thru use of BiPAP/ Oxygen Concentrator machines
  • Managing patients with Tracheostomy tube
  • Expertise in catheter, Ryle’s tube, Central line, IV line and Bedsore management
  • Documentation of Vitals, Intake/Output, Nutrition, Daily procedure charts for patients under critical care.
  • Ability to handle technology based reporting system including tele monitoring and tele-medicine
  • Ability to develop empathy for patients and relatives under stressful home environment, especially in cases of terminal illness.
  • To have sufficient grooming to command respect and trust of the patient and their relatives.