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Nursing as a career

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Umair Shafiq Khanday

Nursing is one of the noblest healthcare professions which focuses on taking care of individuals and families with the sprinkle of affection, patience, and sympathy. It involves the nursing of the wounded or ill, the shunned and the destitute while treating the patients with care, affection, and patience in order to aid their recovery or prognosis.
In India, the Bachelor of Science [B.Sc] Nursing course is registered under and is controlled by The Indian Nursing Council.
Graduation in Nursing or B. Sc. (Bachelor of Science) in Nursing is a four-year professional course. To pursue B. Sc. nursing the candidates should have minimum eligibility criteria, having completed 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology as mandatory subjects. One can get admission into the B. Sc. nursing course by appearing in several entrance exams held between April-June. Indian B.Sc. nursing degree is widely accepted throughout the globe since the course teaches nursing science along with the essence of humanities.
Objectives of B.Sc Nursing
The four-year undergraduate course in Nursing has been designed to completely train and qualify the students to deal with various aspects with utmost professionalism and care. Here are some of the aims of B.Sc in Nursing:
1) B.Sc in Nursing will train and produce nurses with the ability to critically think and be clear while also being caring, well-disciplined and assertive, responding to the dynamic needs of the industry, the healthcare delivery system as well as the society.
2) The programme will train the students to take up decisions on their own in different nursing situations, all within the scope of the field. It will also train them to protect the rights of the patients and groups included.
3) The programme will further train the students to take up research initiatives in Nursing as well as apply an evidence-based form of practice.
BSc Nursing Eligibility Criteria
One can choose from the two-course options one B. Sc. (Basic) and another is B. Sc. (Post-Basic), the eligibility criteria for the two are mentioned below:
For BSc (Basic) – Candidates should pass 10+2 in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology and should be medically fit.
For BSc (Post-Basic) – Candidates should pass 10+2 in PCB (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology). One has to get a certificate in GNM (General Nursing Midwifery) and register him/herself as RNRM (Registered Nurse Registered Midwife) from the State Nurses Registration Council.
OT (Operation Theatre) Techniques
Community Health Nursing
Psychiatric Nursing
Ophthalmic Nursing
Leprosy Nursing
TB Nursing
Neurological and Neurosurgical Nursing
Cancer Nursing
Orthopedic Nursing
Nursing: Skills required
The nursing profession is a noble profession and requires dealing with different types of patients regularly. The most essential skill or quality a nurse should be to have patience. Besides this dedication to work with doctors, patients and other hospital administration, compassion, and excellent communication skills. A nurse should be able to communicate both in medical jargon and in layman’s terms. At last a nurse should possess strong organizational and management skills as a nurse is also responsible for maintaining patient records.
BSc nursing is a graduate-level course in Nursing and covers all the important aspects of nursing. The course is aimed at imparting the thorough knowledge and know-how basics of the profession. As the profession directly involved in taking care of patients, thus the course has to be rigorous.
Below is the list of subjects that are taught during the course.
? Anatomy
? Physiology
? Biochemistry
? Nutrition
? Nursing Foundation
? Pharmacology
? Sociology
? Pathology and Genetics
? Medical-Surgical Nursing
? Community Health Nursing
? Psychology
? Communication and Educational Technology
? Microbiology
? Midwifery and Obstetrical Nursing
? Introduction to Computer
? English
? Nursing Research and Statistics
? Management of Nursing Services and Education
? Child Health Nursing
? Fundamentals of Nursing
? Pharmacology
? Psychiatric Nursing
? Operation Theatre Technique
Top BSc Nursing Exams in India
Candidates who wish to take admission in BSc Nursing, Post-Basic BSc Nursing and MSc Nursing programmes can refer to this list of top Nursing entrance exams.
Candidates who wish to pursue their education in the field of Nursing can refer to this curated list of important Nursing Exam for 2020 divided according to their level such as National level, State level and University level.
BSc Nursing career options
BSc Nursing fresher’s have plenty of options in hand right after completing their graduation. They can start their career in nursing by joining a private/government hospital or as a tutor in some institute. Below are the job profiles which BSc Nursing graduates can join as:
? Nurse
? Home Care Nurses
? Nursing Assistant
? Nurse – Nursery School
? Junior Psychiatric Nurse
? Ward Nurse & Infection Control Nurse
? Nursing Assist Supervisor
? Nursing Tutor
? Nursing Educator
? Home Care Nurses
? Nursing Assistant
? Nurse – Nursery School
? Nurse & Patient Educator
? Junior Psychiatric Nurse
? Nurse Manager
? Ward Nurse & Infection Control Nurse.
BSc Nursing Salary
BSc nursing graduates can earn a decent salary depending upon their experience and communications skills they possess. Besides joining a job, one can also continue his/her education after completing B. Sc. in Nursing. Higher education will open more avenues and doors for various exciting career opportunities. Various other career options are:
Master of Science (MSc) Nursing
Master of Science (MSc) Neuroscience
Master of Science (MSc) Biotechnology
Master of Science (MSc) Medical Microbiology and Medical Biochemistry
Master of Science (MSc) Renal Sciences and Dialysis Technology
Post-Graduate Program in Public Health Management (PGPPHM)
Master of Science (MSc) Medical Sociology
MBA in Pharmaceutical Management
What Makes Someone a Good Nurse?
As the nation’s largest healthcare profession, registered nurses (RNs) are showing no signs of slowing down—in terms of projected job growth, influence, and leadership demand. Given the significant projections of RNs’ national and global growth, understanding the qualities of a good nurse is invaluable to hospitals and health systems aiming to attract and retain the best nursing talent.
1. Caring
2. Communication Skills
3. Empathy
4. Attention to Detail
5. Problem Solving Skills
6. Stamina
7. Sense of Humor
8. Commitment to Patient Advocacy
9. Willingness to Learn
10. Critical Thinking
11. Time Management
12. Leadership
13. Experience
Message by a Nurse to Nursing students
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”
(The author is pursuing Nursing course in Udaipur Rajasthan)



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