Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Career in Nursing


It is the science and method of detecting, evaluating, understanding and preventing adverse effects of medicines. The main purpose is to improve patient care and bring about awareness in the use of medicines and other interventions. India is the fourth largest producer of pharmaceuticals in the world. With the introduction of many new drugs in the country, it is imperative to have a vibrant pharmacovigilance system to safeguard the population from any potential harm.

Even a few cases of morbidity or mortality among patients can destroy the credibility of the drug and in the worst case, the pharmaceutical company may even have to withdraw the drug from the market — something every drug manufacturer dreads considering the huge costs involved in developing and launching of a new drug, not to mention the loss of reputation and ensuing law suites. As the demand for professionals in this field is growing rapidly, you could look at an interesting career in this field. The Institute of Clinical Research India, provides a postgraduate diploma in clinical research and pharmacovigilance (11-year) in collaboration with Accenture*.


Educational: A large number of institutes in India offer diploma, graduate and postgraduate courses in nursing as well as midwifery courses.

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.

M.Sc 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)

Eligibility: 10th
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.

Personal attributes: The nursing profession calls for tremendous patience, responsibility and dedication. The job requires alertness of mind, team spirit, tact, compassion etc. One should also be physically fit, in peak health for the job involves a lot of hard work. They should have the instinct to help and serve the patient without getting sentimentally attached. Apart from all these one must have a pleasant smiling face whatever be the situation.

Job Prospects

They can find employment in

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Clinics and Heath Departments
  • Orphanages and old age homes
  • Military
  • Schools
  • Industrial houses and factories
  • Railways and public sector medical departments
  • Training Institutes as educators

Career options:

Hospital Nursing: Hospital nurses form the largest group of nurses. Hospital nurses are usually assigned to any special area of work such as surgery, maternity, intensive care, pediatrics, obstetric, rehabilitative etc.

Public Health Nursing/ Community Health Nursing: Public health nurses / Health worker work in government and private clinics and health departments in urban and rural areas to provide basic medical services to the local population. They instruct individuals, families and other groups in health education, disease prevention, nutrition and child care. They arrange for immunizations, blood pressure testing and other health screening.

Military Nursing: Provide health care services in armed forces.

Educators: This field combines nursing with the teaching of students of nursing and administration of educational programmes.

Industrial Nursing/ Occupational Health Nursing: They work under the direction of the industrial physicians and assist in taking preventive safety measures. They provide emergency care at the time of accidents taking place inside the industrial premises.

Psychiatric Nursing: This nursing involves working with patients suffering from emotional and psychological distress. Nursing these patients requires devotion and patience. They generally work in coordination with the psychiatrists, doctors and other specialists.

Pediatric Nursing: is concerned with the care of sick babies and children.

Orthopaedic Nursing: requires a knowledge of physiotherapy and rehabilitation.


Remuneration of nurses depends on the level of seniority reached. 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. Health workers receives between Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 2,000 per month.


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