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Published On: 28 Jun 2012 | Last Updated On: 01 Aug 2013

'Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations.'

Nurses are obliged to work closely with physicians as an integral part of the patient health care team. The doctor makes some key decisions about the diagnosis, treatment, and medication, and it is the nurse’s role to administer that care on an ongoing basis to ensure successful rehabilitation of the patient. Nurses play a vital role in appeasing patients because of the good rapport they are able to build by spending more face-to-face time with a patient than the doctors. This domain of work particularly suits women and if you love helping others, flexible & hard-working, and really want to make a difference in the lives of others, nursing may be a feasible option for you!

Course Details

  • The major courses in nursing are B. Sc Nursing, General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM), M.Sc. Nursing, Auxiliary Nurse Midwife/Health Worker (ANM).
  • For B.Sc. Nursing eligibility is 10+2 with Biology, Physics and Chemistry. The duration of this course is 3 to 4 years.
  • M.Sc. Nursing (Duration is 2 years) can be done only after B.Sc. Nursing course.
  • The eligibility for GNM course (Duration 3 1/2 years) is 10+2 with biology, physics and chemistry. However 10th pass is the only qualification for ANM course which is of 18 months duration.
  • The nursing courses outlines how a nurse approaches each patient encounter, and includes five steps: assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Career Prospects

  • Nursing offers very high job stability, as well as a wide variety of options in terms of schedules, locations, and levels of responsibility.
  • Many nurses like the rewarding nature of nursing work, which allows them to truly impact the lives of others who are most in need of assistance.
  • Nurses can seek a job in Govt. run hospitals, primary health care centres, dispensaries and health projects and scheme run by government departments.
  • There are wide employment opportunities for B.Sc. /M.Sc. Nursing/GNM/ANM Degree holders in public as well private sector.
  • They can also be employed in schools, Orphanages and old age homes. In private sectors nursing homes, clinics are also open to them.
  • They are also recruited by Military, Railways department for their departmental hospitals.
  • They can also aspire to be employed in industrial houses and factories. Besides these they can opt for teaching in training institutes as educators.
  • Also, nursing can be very lucrative especially if you move into more specialized roles or move up into leadership and management roles.


  • Nurses employed by government hospitals receive a monthly salary of Rs 6,500 to Rs 10,000.
  • Nurses employed in Defense services and Railways have higher salaries than those of employed in govt. hospitals.
  • Private Nurses have a fixed daily fee.
  • Midwives receive above 4,000 per month approximately, plus a fixed amount per birth registered.
  • Health workers receive between Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 2,000 per month.
  • Those employed in orphanage, old age home and schools have good earning.
  • Nurses working abroad get very high salaries in foreign currency.. The average compensation for a nurse is between $43,000 and $63,000, with the top 10% of nurses earning over $75,000 per fiscal year.

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