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Career in nursing: How to become a nurse in India

Published: Wednesday 9th September 2020

Does becoming a nurse and serving in public healthcare call to you as a profession? If yes, it is important to know your steps in advance so you can plan your career in nursing out. Our career guide is here to do just that. Our blog is focused on helping you understand while preparing you for your nursing career that lies ahead so you can carefully strategize your next few years to become a nurse in India.

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 Are you built for nursing?

Nursing is considered among the top noble professions in the world. A life of service and healing the afflicted, there is immense dedication but also a greater sense of job satisfaction if you are a humanitarian at heart. There is an increasing demand for qualified nurses in India and abroad. The onset of the Coronavirus pandemic has exponentially increased the requirement of nurses even more so. If you want to understand what qualities it takes for an individual, irrespective of gender, to be a nurse, here are a few of them:

  • The drive to help people
  • Compassion and empathy
  • Knowledge of nursing and healthcare
  • Confidence to handle emergencies
  • Efficiency in teamwork
  • Endurance and stamina for long working hours
  • Ability to work at odd hours due to the nature of your profession
  • Emotional and mental strength to handle stress
  • An eye for detail and spotting abnormalities
  • People skills to deal with difficult patients
  • A conviction in values, morals, and ethics

A nurse also has to perform common tasks, for instance:

  • Patient treatment
  • Following the doctor’s instructions
  • Assisting in patient rehabilitation and monitoring their condition
  • Educating and handling the patients’ kin
  • Administering medication to patients and performing dressing of wounds and surgical cuts

If this sounds like you, you are moving in the right direction. Let’s look at the steps to becoming a Registered Nurse or RN through completing a course approved by the Indian Nursing Council (INC) next. 

  • Choose A Nursing Course: After completing your HSC in Science (Biology), you can choose an undergraduate nursing course recognized by the INC such as B. Sc Nursing, Post Basic B.Sc Nursing, General Nursing Midwifery (GNM), and Auxiliary Nursing and Midwifery (ANM).
  • Meet the Eligibility Requirements: Check the eligibility criteria for each course mentioned above. You need to have a 50% aggregate score in PCB subjects in the Science stream for B.Sc Nursing. For Post Basic B.Sc Nursing, you have to pass 10+2 as well as acquire a GNM certification from recognized boards and institutes and be registered as an RNRM with the State Nurse Registration Council. For GNM, pass 10+2 in preferably Science (but there are openings for alternative streams too) and be registered as an ANM with the State Nurse Registration Council.
  • Get an Admission: Once you choose your route, pass the entrance exam, and secure an admission in a recognized nursing school.
  • Complete the Nursing Program: Most nursing schools have academic experience as well as practical experience involved. You also will have to attend a mandatory internship once your course completes post the final year.
  • Registration with The Relevant State Nursing Registration Council: The B. Sc nursing and Post Basic B.Sc Nursing graduates can register themselves as a Registered Nurses (RN) with the State Nursing Council. GNM nursing graduates are to register as RNRM and ANM graduates as ANM with the relevant State Nursing Registration Council.

 Career in nursing: What Next?

Once you have completed your education and training as a nurse, a lot of nursing jobs await you in the following avenues:

  • Government hospitals
  • Private hospitals and healthcare facilities
  • Research companies and research laboratories
  • Government clinics and dispensaries
  • Rural healthcare units
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Home healthcare service providers
  • Clinical laboratories

To conclude our nursing career guide, we would like to mention that there are three different routes for you to go about this career choice, which also includes avenues for non-science students. If you have had a change of heart and would like to pursue a career in nursing, you absolutely can if you are willing to work hard. For more career options, you can read our career guide blogs to weigh your options.

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