Nursing Career Scope| Nursing Job Prospects and Colleges
Nursing Career and Job Prospects
What can one say about one of the noblest professions there is. The nursing profession might have gained momentum after the works of the most eminent nurse, Florence Nightingale, came to light but the profession is age old and quite possibly the most dignified. Although some believe that the work in this field is women centric but with time more and more men have ventured into the profession.
Nursing is one of the strongest pillars that the medicine profession stands on. The profession revolves around taking care of people which includes their physical as well as psychological maladies. At a senior level the wok in the nursing department includes managing particular groups of patients from pediatric ward, psychiatric ward, ICU, etc. Apart from that the job revolves around in taking care to the medication of the patients, maintaining patient records, administration, routine work, setting up of medical equipment and so much more.
The career opportunities in nursing are very high not only in India but also abroad. With more and more nursing colleges opening up each day, it is a sign of the requirement of skilled and qualified people required for the service. Undoubtedly, the career is not for everyone as it asks for a lot of patience and hard work.
Eligibility for Nursing Admission
For admission into Bachelor’s Course, the student needs to have completed their Class XII with Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The duration for a bachelor’s degree is usually three to four years.
In order to take admission in a Master’s Course, the student needs to have a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. The duration for a Master’s degree is usually two years.
For admission in a Diploma Course the minimum eligibility is Class 10th or equivalent. This may be a one year or two year course, depending upon the course.
In order to take admission in Ph.D in Nursing the eligibility criteria is the successful completion of Postgraduate Degree in Nursing.
Courses offered in Nursing:
- Bachelor of Science in nursing
- Master of Science in nursing
- General nursing program
- General Nursing & Midwifery
- Hospital Nursing
- Military Nursing
- Pediatric Nursing
- Orthopedic Nursing
- Psychiatric Nursing
Specializations offered in Nursing:
- Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Nursing
- Neonatal Nursing
- Neuro Nursing
- Nursing Education and Administration
- Psychiatric Nursing
- Oncology Nursing
- Critical Care Nursing
- Practitioner in Midwifery
- Emergency and Disaster Nursing
- Cardio Thoracic Nursing
- Operation Room Nursing
There is still a great deal of need of skilled nurses in the field of Medicine. The world is far away from reaching its brink when we talk of qualified and skilled nurses. The nursing field from medicine has also made its way to the corporate sector which further increases the need of skilled people in the stream. Talking only of India, we are far- far away from reaching the adequate nurse-patient ratio.
There are opportunities available in the private as well as government sectors. A person from this profession has the option of working with government or private hospitals, old homes, armed forces, orphanages, industries, Indian Red Cross Society, State Nursing Councils, Indian Nursing Council and so many other endless possibilities exist today.
On gaining enough experience one can freelance and work as a nurse for someone in private.
Early on in the profession one can start earning a monthly salary of Rs.7,000 to Rs. 15,000 per month. Mid-level professionals earn anywhere in between Rs.18,000 to Rs.35,000 per month. On gaining experience in this field one can expect somewhere around Rs.48,000 to Rs. 72,000 per month.
Like any other field the salary of a professional in this field also depends on factors such as qualification, experience and reputation.
Top colleges of India offering Nursing Courses
- CMC Vellore: College of Nursing
- RAK College of Nursing, Delhi
- Department of Nursing: All India Institute of Medical Sciences
- Manipal College of Nursing: Manipal University:
- B.M. Birla College of Nursing, Kolkata
- Government College of Nursing, Kozhikode
- Father Muller College of Nursing, Manglore
- Sreeb Ramachandra Medical University, Chennai: College of Nursing
- SNDT Faculty of Nursing, Mumbai
- Govt. college of Nursing, Thrissur
- National Institute of Mental health and Neurisciences, Banglore: Department of Nursing
- Govt. college of Nursing, Kottayam
- Govt. college of Nursing, Alappuzha
- Govt. college of Nursing, Thiruvananthapuram
- Apollo College of Nursing, Chennai
- Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research: Department of Nursing
- Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai: Nurisng
- School of Health Sciences: IGNOU
- Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai: College of Nursing
- St. John's College of Nursing, Bangalore