nursing profession, comprising of nurses and nursing assistants
constitutes the largest working group in the health care sector.
Apart from being a highly responsible and noble profession, this
profession demands a lot of time, dedication, patience, sacrifice,
love and care for the sick patients. It generally suits people,
who have a desire to serve and help the physically incapacitated,
sick, injured, convalescing mothers, new borns, old persons, even
mentally retarded patients etc. With the advancement in medical
science, there has been a constant improvement in the nursing education
standards. And as the number of hospitals, nursing homes, private
clinics, sanitoriums etc. are increasing day by day, professionally
trained and qualified nurses are very much in demand, creating ample
of scope in this profession.
Nature of Work
main functional areas where nursing can be pursued as career are
GENERAL NURSES: The largest group of nurses work
in the hospitals, nursing homes, sanitoriums etc. Their basic
job is to give bedside care to the recuperating patients apart
from assisting the physicians during examination and operation
of the patients. The other duties include maintaining records
of the patients, administering prescribed medication both orally
and hypodermically, maintaining cleanliness in the wards, preparing
patients for the operations, keeping and maintaining stocks of
drugs and medical equipment etc.
NURSES: Industrial nurses work under the direction of
the industrial physicians and assist in taking preventive safety
measures to avoid any untoward incidents. They provide first aid
assistance at the time of accidents and mishaps taking place inside
the industrial premises.
NURSES: School nurses organize and super wise school
clinics on regular basis. The purpose of these clinics is to ensure
that students maintain their physical and mental health. In these
clinics children's vision, height, weight, growth etc. are examined
with the purpose to detect health related problems if any and
prevent them from developing into more serious ones. School nurses
also teach children first-aid treatment and how to maintain health
Midwives job starts from early pregnancy and continues till the
baby is about a month old. They have to look after the health
of both the mother and the baby and advice, support mothers on
pre-birth and post-birth stages. They also counsel and teach mothers
on how to cope up with their new born babies.
NURSES: These nurses work with mentally handicapped and
mentally disturbed patients. Nursing these patients requires a
lot of time, devotion and patience. Their has to be a combination
of qualities to understand, teach and establish mutual trust with
the patient. Nurses generally work in coordination with the psychiatrists,
doctors and other specialists to help the patient recover.
is a profession of discipline, patience, responsibility, punctuality,
commitment and dedication. The job requires a lot of hard work,
stamina, alertness of mind, adaptability to follow difficult time
schedules, ability to think in crisis, good team spirit etc. Apart
from possessing these qualities, the persons willing to take up
this as profession, should be calm, pleasant, compassionate, understanding
and should have the instinct to help and serve the needy people
without getting sentimentally attached
(NURSING):This is a beginner's course in nursing. In this
course the very basic knowledge of this profession is provided like
nursing, first aid treatment, midwifery etc. The course also imparts
theoretical and practical aspects of nursing.
NURSING AND MIDWIFERY: This course helps in preparing general
nurses to hold first-level positions in the hospitals and other
NURSE MIDWIFE AND HEALTH WORKERS: In this programme trainning
is provided to nurses on how to take care of health related needs
of the people living in the rural areas especially children, mothers
and old persons.
depends on the type of care required by the patients and the department
in which the nurses work. It is beneficial for both the patients
and the nurses as the nurses can perform their job more easily and
efficiently. Specialization fields may include psychiatric nursing,
paediatric nursing, orthopaedic nursing etc.
demand for skilled, qualified nurses is ever present throughout
the world. As the government plans to widen the health services
network, the demand for this profession would continue to grow.
Nowadays even the corporates are entering this sector, further making
this profession an exciting career option. It is estimated that
there would be a demand of around 6 lakh nurses in the near future
to improve the existing nurse-patient ratio, which is very low and
unsatisfactory at present.
employment opportunities in this profession are available in government
and private hospitals, nursing homes, sanitoriums, clinics, creches,
schools, offices, factories, orphanages, old age homes etc.
in the government hospitals varies. On the other hand salaries in
private hospitals and clinics are much better. Salaries in this profession
also depends on the level of seniority and varies from department