Careers in Nursing
One of the most respected professions in the world; nursing is also the backbone of medical care system. The nursing profession deals with the caring of sick people and primarily woman’s domain. The work is particularly demanding since nurses need to spend long working hours in hospital often exposed to infections while attending to each patient specific requirement. Though the duties of the nurse depend basically on their qualification, generally at the initial level, nurses are required for the bedside care of patients. At the senior level they are required to manage special group of people like psychiatric, pediatric, intensive care patients etc which require specialized skills. Besides these they are also involved in dispensing medication, keeping records of the patients’ progress, setting up and operating medical equipment, administration and several other routine works.
There are different courses available that train a student into the profession of nursing.The major courses are B. Sc Nursing, General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM), M.Sc. Nursing, Auxiliary Nurse Midwife/Health Worker (ANM).
B.Sc Nursing Eligibility: 10+2 with Biology, Physics and Chemistry
Duration: 3 to 4 years
B.Sc nursing course provide basic knowledge about nursing, first-aid and midwifery. They are trained in all the theoretical as well as practical aspects of nursing.
Eligibility: B.Sc Nursing
Duration: 2 years
General Nursing & Midwifery (GNM)
Eligibility: 10+2 with Biology, Physics and Chemistry
Duration: 3 1/2 years
GNM programme is to prepare general nurses who function as members of the health team, to hold first-level positions in both the hospitals and other such places.
Auxiliary Nurse Midwife/ Health Worker (ANM)
Duration: 18 months
ANM course provide training as to how to take care of health related needs of the people living in rural areas especially children, mothers and old persons.
Career Prospects in Nursing
Employment opportunities for nurses is vast.They can seek a job in Govt. run hospitals, primary health care centres, dispensaries and health projects and scheme run by government departments. In addition they can be employed in schools, Orphanages and old age homes, private sectors nursing homes and clinics. They are also recruited by Military, Railways department for their departmental hospitals. They can also aspire to get employed in industrial houses and factories. Besides these they can opt for teaching in training institutes as educators.
Nurses employed by government hospitals receive a monthly salary of Rs 6,500 to Rs 10,000. Those working for private hospitals or the military receive a slightly higher remuneration. Private Nurses have a fixed daily fee. Midwives receive above 4,000 per month approximately, plus a fixed amount per birth registered. Nurses employed in Defense services and Railways have higher salaries than those of employed in govt. hospitals. Employment prospects of Nurses have only got better as the demand of nurses overseas has led to many nurses from India shifting bases to countries like U.S. and U.K.
Institutes Offering Courses in Nursing
There are over 800 colleges/institutes that offer courses in nursing in India.We have detailed out a few colleges based in a few selected states.Please Click here for the list of colleges offering Nursing Courses in India.