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Home >> Courses in India >> Courses in India: Nursing
Courses in India: Nursing
The following section describes in detail about Nursing course, elaborated with reference to the Courses and Eligibility, Job Opportunities, Nursing Institutes in India and Related Web Links.
"A Nurse is the consciousness of the unconscious, the love of life of the suicidal, the leg of the amputee, the eyes of the blind, a means of locomotion for the new born, knowledge and confidence for the young mother and a voice of the too weak to speak".

Nursing is a profession focused on assisting individuals, families and communities in attaining, re-attaining, and maintaining optimal health and functioning. Florence Nightingale is regarded as the founder of modern Nursing.

Nursing duties cover a wide range of functions and responsibilities that depends with the level of qualification and the working environment. At the initial level, nurses are required for the bedside care of patients, while at senior level they are required to manage special group of people like psychiatric, paediatric and intensive care patients etc which require specialised skills. They are also involved in dispensing medication, keeping records of the patients progress, setting up and operating medical equipment, administration and several other routine chores. Before joining to a particular nursing course, the students or their parents should necessarily confirm that the institute is being recognised by the concerned State Nursing Council and Indian Nursing Council for conducting the course.

The first-level general nurse can specialise in areas like paediatric nursing, neuro surgical nursing, cardiovascular and thoracic nursing, obstetrics and gynaecology nursing, psychiatric nursing, cancer nursing, and nursing education & administration. For practising as a nurse, the candidate should secure registration from a State Nursing Council that would verify the authenticity of the qualification.
Courses & Eligibility

The different types of Nursing Courses and their eligibilities are as follows:

1. Auxiliary Nurse Midwife/ Health Worker (ANM)
Eligibility: 10th Pass
Duration: 18 months

2. General Nursing & Midwifery (GNM)
Eligibility: +2/equivalent (Arts or Science Group). In some states, +2/equivalent with Physics, Chemistry & Biology
Duration: 3 years

3. B.Sc. Nursing
Eligibility: +2/equivalent with Physics, Chemistry & Biology
Duration: 4 years

4. Post B.Sc. Nursing
Eligibility: GNM + 2 Years experience
Duration: 2 years

5. M.Sc. Nursing
Eligibility: B.Sc. Nursing
Duration: 2 years

6. M. Phil
Eligibility: M.Sc. Nursing
Duration: 1 Year Full Time / 2 Years Part Time

7. Ph. D
Eligibility: M.Sc. / M. Phil
Duration: 3 - 5 Years

8. Post Basic Diploma Course
Eligibility: RN & RM
Duration: 1 Year
Job Opportunities

Nurses 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 and Training Institutes as Educators.
Indian nurses have great demand in places like the U.K., U.S. and many of the European countries. The salary levels in abroad are often more than a lakh of Indian rupees per month. To work in the U.S., the candidates have to pass NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses)
Institutes in India

The following are the state wise list of the Nursing Institutes in India.
Andaman & NicobarAndhra Pradesh
Arunachal PradeshAssam
Himachal PradeshJammu and Kashmir
KeralaMadhya Pradesh
TripuraUttar Pradesh
UttaranchalWest Bengal
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