Nursing is a profession dedicated to taking care of people who are sick or injured and fostering health for a better quality of life for an individual, family and community at large. In other words, the focus of the nursing profession is upon protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury and alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and injuries. It involves taking care of patients suffering from all sorts of physical and psychological maladies and hence can be rightly called the noblest occupation of all. In most cases nurses work closely with doctors based on their instructions and they can specialise in a particular field of medicine as well.
The eligibility criteria for for a course in nursing in India depends upon the type of course one is opting for. However, for majority of courses the minimum requisite is 10+2 or any other examination equivalent to it. Courses in Nursing include Auxiliary Nursing & Midwifery (ANM), General Nursing & Midwifery (GNM) and B.Sc. Nursing(Regular & Correspondence).. In many cases admission to B.Sc. (Nursing) is based on entrance exams. Some exams require Physics, Chemistry, Biology & English background with a minimum qualifying percentage(45-55%) and age (above 17 and below 35 Years) as the criteria.
Some of the top Nursing colleges in India include: 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, BM Birla College of Nursing, Government College of Nursing, Kozikhode, among others.
Owing to the increasing health concerns and health related problems in India and around the globe, more hospitals and nursing homes are being set up and hence there is a greater need for well qualified and highly skilled nursing professionals. The ability to serve others, manage different situations and the inclination to adopt new technology is the key to have a highly successful career as a nursing professional. There are tremendous job opportunities in this domain in private and government run hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages, old age homes, and sanatoriums. There are also a lot of opportunities for nurses abroad.
Starting salaries for nurses in India range from INR 7,000/- to 17,000/- per month. Based on their expertise, professional skills and experience the salaries go up significantly. .Those nursing professional who choose to go abroad can earn several times more.