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Nursing is the practice to take care of the sick people suffering from all sorts of physical and psychological problems. This includes dispensing medicine, keeping the patient’s records, assisting medical specialists and operating the medical equipment along with the routine duties. Other opportunities for qualified nurses include teaching, administration and research jobs.
Career Path
Post 12th Grade
Auxiliary Nurse and Midwife (ANM)
10th 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

General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM)
10+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)

B.Sc. (Nursing – Basic/Post Basic/Distance)
B.Sc. Nursing (Basic) - 4 years (post 10+2; PCB)
B.Sc. Nursing (Post Basic) - 2 years (10+2 (PCB), GNM and registration with State Nursing Council as registered nurse and midwife)
B.Sc. Nursing (Distance) - 3 years
B.Sc. (Post Basic) - 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)
Other Courses
M. Phil (Master of Science in Nursing) – 1 year (Full time)
M. Phil (Master of Science in Nursing) – 2 years (part time)
Ph.D. (Nursing) – 3 to 6 years
Diploma in Nursing Administration – 1-2 years
Post Basic Specialty Course (advance diploma) – 1 year
MBA- Hospital Administration – 2 years
Top Colleges
Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore & Ludhiana
RAK College of Nursing, Delhi
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune
Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh
Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune
This experience can be gained at different hospitals, nursing homes, old age homes, rural and community health care centers. You can also work as a Volunteer in NGOs, government agencies etc. Whether the internship is paid or not will depend upon the place from where one is doing internship.
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.

Opportunities for Further Studies
M.Sc. (Nursing)
Course Fees
Ranging from INR 50,000 to INR 2,00,000
Entrance Exams
Provision of entrance exam conducted by the Nursing Entrance Board
Indian Army GNM Entrance Test
Some Universities/Colleges conduct their own written test plus interview. Other colleges’ admission criteria is based on 12th class percentage

Indian 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
PGI Chandigarh
NIMHANS, Bengaluru
CMC, Vellore & Ludhiana
BHU Admission Test

State Nursing Councils (SNC) issue licenses to the qualified nurses with in the state. One of the major functions of SNCs is registration and renewal of licenses for the qualified nursing personnel.
3-4 years
Role Models
Aruna Shanbaug- Medical superintendent at Mumbai's King Edward Memorial Hospital

Mother Teresa- Bharat Ratna Awardee

Usha Banerjee- Director of nursing at Delhi’s Apollo Indraprastha Hospital

Florence Nightingale- Founder of modern Nursing

Bai Kashibai Ganpat- First Indian lady to come forward for nursing training

Compassionate and empathetic
Having zeal and interest to serve the mankind
Having lot of patience and hard work
Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Excellent communication & interpersonal skills
Having strong framework of ethics
Organization skills
Good physical, mental and emotional strength
Ability to work under stressful conditions
Willing to work long hours or in shifts including night shift
Ability to work independently with little supervision
Having a keen eye for detail
Time-management skills
Career Prospects
Staff Nurse/Ward Sister
General Nurse
Teaching and Administrative Positions
School Nurse
Community Health Nurse
Military Nurse
Health Workers
Private Duty Nurse
Psychiatric Nurse
Nurse Researcher
Scope/Recruiting Industries
Government Hospitals
Private Hospitals
Nursing Homes
Old Age Homes
Armed Forces
Indian Red Cross Society
Indian Nursing Council
State Nursing Council
Nursing Institutions
Rural and Community Health Centers
Tentative Starting Salary Range
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.
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