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Nursing - scope, careers, colleges, skills, jobs, salary

Definition

I see God in every human being. When I wash the leper’s wounds I feel I am nursing the Lord himself. Is it not a beautiful experience?” – Mother Teresa

Nursing is the essential part of our medical system. Nursing is the practice to take care of the sick people suffering from all sorts of physical and psychological problems. Besides this, a nurse dispenses the medicine, keeps the patient’s records, assist medical specialists and operates the medical equipment along with the routine duties. Other opportunities for qualified nurses include teaching, administration and research jobs.

Nursing Career Path


Auxiliary Nurse and Midwife (ANM)
LevelUnder-Graduate
Duration1.5-2 years
Eligibility10th class/10+2 (any discipline) with 40% to 50% marks, English as main/optional subject, Age ranges between 17-35 years, Only female students can apply, Candidates have to be medically fit
Entrance ExamProvision of entrance exam conducted by the Nursing Entrance Board, Some Universities/Colleges conduct their own written test plus interview. Other colleges’ admission criteria is based on 12th class percentage
Specialization--
Average Course FeeINR 50,000 to INR 2,00,000
ModeRegular/Distance Learning
GoalBasic and Rural Health Worker, Community Health Worker, Home Nurse
General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM)
LevelUnder-Graduate
Duration3.5 years
Eligibility10+2 (PCB) with 40% to 50% marks, English as main/optional subject, Age ranges between 17-35 years, Candidates have to be medically fit, Unmarried/Widow/Divorcee (only for girls who will apply in Indian Armed Forces)
Entrance ExamProvision of entrance exam conducted by the Nursing Entrance Board, Indian Army GNM Entrance Test (only female candidates), Some Universities/Colleges conduct their own written test plus interview. Other colleges’ admission criteria is based on 12th class percentage
Specialization--
Average Course FeeINR 50,000 to INR 2,00,000
ModeRegular/Distance Learning
GoalStaff Nurse, General Nurse, Community Health Nurse, Teacher at Nursing School
B.Sc. (Nursing – Basic/Post Basic/Distance)
LevelUnder-Graduate
DurationB.Sc. Nursing (Basic) - 4 years, B.Sc. Nursing (Post Basic) - 2 years, B.Sc. Nursing (Distance) - 3 years
EligibilityB.Sc. (Basic) - 10+2 (PCB), B.Sc. (Post Basic) - 10+2 (PCB), GNM and registration with State Nursing Council as registered nurse and midwife, B.Sc. (Distance) - 10+2 (PCB), GNM and 2 years work experience, 10+2 (PCB) with 40% to 50% marks in each of the courses, English as main/optional subject, Age ranges between 17-35 years, Candidates have to be medically fit, Unmarried/Widow/Divorcee (only for girls who will apply in Indian Armed Forces)
Entrance ExamIndian Army B.Sc. (Nursing) Entrance Test (only female candidates), AIIMS B.Sc. Nursing Entrance Exam, CEE (Commissioner for Entrance Examinations), Kerala Entrance Exam, JIPMER Entrance Exam, IGNOU BSc Nursing OPENNET-IV, PGI Chandigarh, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, CMC, Vellore & Ludhiana. BHU Admission Test
Specialization--
Average Course FeeINR 1,00,000 to INR 3,50,000
ModeRegular/Distance Learning
GoalRegistered Nurse, Military Nurse, Educator, Nursing Officer, Rehabilitation Specialist, Higher Studies
M.Sc. (Nursing)
LevelPost-Graduate
Duration2 years
EligibilityB.Sc./Post basic B.Sc. in Nursing (50% to 55% marks) from institution which is recognized by Indian Nursing Council, Registration with State Nursing Council as registered nurse and midwife, Minimum work experience of one year after B.Sc. or Post Basic Nursing, Candidates have to be medically fit
Entrance ExamAIIMS B.Sc. Nursing Entrance Exam, JIPMER Entrance Exam, AFMC M.Sc. Nursing Entrance Exam, Manipal University Entrance Exam, KGMU Entrance Test, CEE (Commissioner for Entrance Examinations), Kerala MSc Nursing Entrance Exam
SpecializationPsychiatric Nursing, Neurological Nursing, Neurosurgical Nursing, Community Health Nursing, Orthopedic Nursing, Oncological Nursing, Cardio Logical Nursing, Nephrological Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, Cardio Thoracic Nursing
Average Course FeeINR 1,00,000 to INR 3,50,000
ModeRegular/Distance Learning
GoalResearch, Psychiatric Nursing, Public Health Nursing, Teaching and Administrative Positions, Critical Care Nurse, Military Nursing, Doctoral Degrees

Colleges for Nursing


  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
  • Apollo College of Nursing, Chennai
  • Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune
  • Army College of Nursing, Jalandhar
  • B.M. Birla College of Nursing, Kolkata
  • Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune
  • Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore
  • Government College of Nursing, Kozhikode, Kerala
  • Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi
  • Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
  • Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry
  • King George’s Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow
  • Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal University, Karnataka
  • National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru
  • Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh
  • Pt. B.D. Sharma, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak
  • RAK College of Nursing, Delhi
  • Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute, Chennai
  • Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai
  • The Mother Theresa Post Graduate and Research Institute of Health Sciences, Puducherry

Top Colleges for Nursing


Scholarship / Fellowship in Nursing


  • The Trained Nurses' Association of India (TNAI) awards SNA (Student Nurses' Association) scholarship to the students of ANM / GNM and Basic B.Sc.(Nursing) program.
  • Sasakawa-India Leprosy Foundation awards nursing (B.Sc.(Basic) or GNM course) scholarship for female students residing in self-settled leprosy colonies or one parent must have had leprosy.
  • NIMT Institute of Technology & Management, Uttar Pradesh offers Samaj Kalyan Vibhag Scholarship Scheme to the students of GNM (General Nursing & Midwifery) course.
  • Different institutions / colleges award merit based scholarships to deserving students. The scholarship criteria vary from one institute to another.

Nursing Key Skills


Communication Skills

Detail Oriented

Emotionally Stable

Empathy

Flexibility

Focus and hard work

Interpersonal Skills

Logical thinking

Organizational & time management skills

Passion for helping

Physical and mental strength

Problem Solving

Nursing Career Prospects


  • Staff Nurse / Ward Sister
  • General Nurse
  • Teaching and Administrative Positions
  • School Nurse
  • Community Health Nurse
  • Military Nurse
  • Midwives
  • Health Workers
  • Private Duty Nurse
  • Psychiatric Nurse
  • Nurse Researcher

Jobs in Nursing


  • Government Hospitals
  • Private Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Orphanages
  • Old Age Homes
  • Sanatoriums
  • Armed Forces
  • Indian Red Cross Society
  • Indian Nursing Council
  • State Nursing Council
  • Nursing Institutions
  • Schools
  • Rural and Community Health Centers
  • NGOs

Salary in Nursing


Like any other field the remuneration in this field also depends on qualification, experience and area in which one works. One could get an initial pay of 8,000 to 15,000 per month.

Nursing Role Models




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