NURSE

NURSE

A BRIEF INTRO

Nurses manage the day-to-day care of patients, administering them the prescribed medicines and teaching them to take care of themselves. Nurses also have to keep a watchful eye on patients and keep track of any changes in their physical condition, mental attitude, reaction to drugs or other treatment, nursing as we know it was officially recognized in the 1850s because of the legendary work done by the English nurse Florence Nightingale, considered the founder of modern professional nursing

TYPICAL WORK SCHEDULE

9 am: Reach the hospital

9:30 am: Start the rounds of the wards to scrutinize up on patients

11:30 am: Complete administrative work

1:30 pm: Quick lunch

2 pm: Take part in the in-service education programme

4:30 pm: Work on reports on patients’ condition

5 pm: Scrutinize patients again, scrutinize hospital equipment

5:30 pm: Attend meeting with doctors/officials

6 pm:  Leave for home

SALARY STRUCTURE

  • New Entrant: 8,000 to Rs. 15,000 per month
  • Managerial Level: 20,000 to Rs. 35,000 per month
  • Senior Managerial Level: 50,000 to Rs. 70,000 per month
  • One can earn more at the New Entrant in the government sector

DESIRED QUALITIES

  • An inherent desire to take care of the ill
  • Selfless dedication
  • Emotional strength
  • Ability to work for long hours
  • Logical and analogical reasoning powers
  • Ability to empathise rather than sympathise with the patient
  • Technical competence and a comfort level with new technology

HOW DO I GET THERE ?

  • After Class X, one can do ANM (auxiliary nursing and midwifery). It is a two-year diploma programme.
  • One may also do the three-and-a-half year diploma in general nursing and midwifery (GNM) after Class XII
  • A physical sciences and biology combination is required at the plus-two level to do the four-year BSc nursing programme. This can be followed up with an MSc, MPhil and PhD for career growth

RELATED WEBSITES

  • CMC, Vellore cmch-vellore.edu
  • AIIMS, Delhi aiims.edu/
  • RAK College of Nursing, Delhi www.du.ac.in /
  • AFMC, Pune afmc.nic.in/
  • St Stephen’s Hospital, Delhi; ststephenhospital.org

PROS AND CONS

  • Nurses never remain unemployed. Trained nurses are immediately absorbed within and outside the country
  • Job security
  • Mental satisfaction, as one is part of a process that alleviates suffering
  • Contribution of nurses to healthcare needs more recognition
  • Odd working hours could be a problem
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