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Prospective students: nursing education and careers

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Healthcare in India is estimated to have a 40-50 percent shortage of nurses. An important profession within medicine, nursing supports patients with critical illnesses, chronic diseases and psychiatric illnesses in public and private settings. Within a hospital or non-hospital setting, nurses are crucial to the healthcare industry.

Nursing education

Degrees in nursing include:

  • Auxiliary Nurse and Midwife Course (ANM)
  • General Nursing and Midwifery Course (GNM)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Nursing (Basic)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Nursing (Post Basic)
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Nursing
  • Post Basic Specialty Diploma Courses

Diplomas in other specialisations are also available, depending on the university. The 10+2 is required for diploma programs, minimum marks may be required. The Auxiliary Nurse and Midwife course generally takes two years to complete, while the General Nursing and Midwifery course can take three and one-half years. For the B.Sc. in Nursing, the 10+2 and at least 45 percent aggregate marks in physics, chemistry, biology and English are required. The course is usually four years in length.

The two-year Post Basic B.Sc. course requires the 10+2 and General Nursing and Midwifery course. For the two-year M.Sc. in Nursing, the B.Sc. Nursing degree with minimum 55 percent aggregrate marks from a recognised university is necessary. Registration as a nurse and one year of work experience are needed for eligibility. Post basic specialty diploma courses usually take one year to complete.

Courses generally include classes in the following areas:

  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacology in nursing
  • Pathophysiology
  • Dosage calculations
  • Human anatomy
  • Professional ethics

Other secondary courses and core courses are required, these are just a few examples of the classes you can take during a B.Sc. Nursing programme.

Nursing careers

Nurses work in a few different areas, including:

  • Public hospitals
  • Private sector
  • Teaching in universities
  • Midwifery
  • Clinics

The Indian Nursing Council provides guidelines and regulation of nursing programs, as well as official recognition. If you are interested in working in the healthcare industry, consider a career in nursing.