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Visiting Bangalore this weekend made me stop at the office of the Spandana Public Trust.   This is the organization that has provided us with two amazing live-in nurses since we got our father home.    Having spoken to them only over phone, thought best to put faces to the empathetic voices answering our calls. 

Ms. Sunanda and Ms. Rathna, who always field the calls, were at the office on the crisp and sunny morning when I walked in to Spandana.   The office is a flat in an apartment building located at a quiet and affluent neighborhood of Koramangala.  There were some nurses waiting in the outer office looking for work.  Walls in the waiting area were filled with motivational posters.  Got couple of ideas on what it takes to be successful.  There were Spandana trained nurses sitting in another room waiting to be placed.  In a smaller room past all these room, both the ladies sat with a mobile and a landline each that rang incessantly.

Having dealt with plethora of nursing agencies we sort of know the drill.  The agencies take a cut from salary we pay the nurses.   Very few are trained, most are unskilled, and a good number are only faintly   professional.   The agencies themselves aren’t too sympathetic and there is a fair amount of haggling over the rates.   In spite of the informal and semi formal profession, and irrespective of Spandana, it is surprising how we have managed to find impressive nursing in the last six months.

Spandana merits this mention since it doesn’t take a cut from their employees, only asks for an annual deposit from the clients.   Nurses are well trained and most importantly they understand the needs of the client and try to match the nurses accordingly.  Started almost a decade ago, the agency is thriving with almost 400 nurses, an old age home, and family counseling center.   Ms. Rathna mentioned the idea of empowering women motivated them to start this organization.  

A great service organization in Bangalore, wishing their seed of an idea to start something similar in Madras takes root. 

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