Nursing- A Career of Health and Prosperity

Healthcare has become one of largest sector, both in terms of revenue and employment. Especially after Coronavirus Outbreak, Healthcare comprises hospitals, medical devices, clinical trials, outsourcing, telemedicine, medical tourism, health insurance and medical equipment. In this post, we will look at Nursing as a career option in ..

The healthcare sector is growing at a brisk pace due to its strengthening coverage, services and increasing expenditure by public as well private players. The healthcare market can increase three-fold to Rs 8.6 trillion (US$ 133.44 billion) by 2022. Indian medical tourism market is growing at 18 per cent y-o-y and is expected to reach US$ 9 billion by 2020. There is a significant scope for enhancing healthcare services considering that healthcare spending as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is rising.

However, media reports suggest despite being a major supplier of the health workforce, the health care industry in . is suffering a wide gap. To narrow it down, . needs an additional 2.4 million nurses to meet the growing demand. According to FICCI – EY report titled ‘Nursing reforms: Paradigm shift for a bright future’, . has only 0.7 doctors and 1.7 nurses available per thousand people. The country also ranks 75th amongst 133 developing countries with regards to the number of nurses. This demand for care givers across the country has helped many nursing degrees get placed in leading health care companies. Today many of women are working in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes as trained nurses and are playing a vital role in determining the quality of care given to patients. New opportunities for nurses to participate in shaping the future health care delivery system are making great quantitative as well as qualitative differences in the lives of nursing professionals who took up the career of a nurse.

Benefits of Nursing Education

Nurses will tell you that the biggest perk of a nursing degree is making a difference to people’s lives. This will start as soon as you start your course and continue throughout your career.

  1. A nursing degree also makes you highly employable with 94% of graduates getting a job within three months of finishing their course.
  2. Nursing degrees are available in every part of the country at some of the best universities to pursue a career.
  3. Job Flexibility Is High
  4. Enjoy Strong Personal Satisfaction
  5. Many Nursing Specialties
  6. Work in Many Different Patient Populations

Frequently Asked Questions.

Is Nursing a Difficult Job?

Some nurses think nursing is difficult while others do not. There are many fields of nursing a person can purse and some nursing jobs are a little bit easier than others. For example, there are positions for registered nurses where they work in a clinic setting giving injections all day (like the flu clinics at Walmart, Walgreen’s etc). This job to many nurse would be considered laid back and relatively easy. On the other hand, a nurse who works in a trauma I emergency room in Los Angelous, California, probably finds their job a lot more difficult than the nurse who gives injections all day. However, all of this depends on how the individual perceives difficult.

Although most nurses work 12 hours shifts, there are many jobs where nurse work anywhere for 8-10 hour shifts. For example, if you work in an outpatient setting (ex: clinic, stress lab, wound care clinic, school nurse, doctor’s office, chemotherapy, etc) the hours are usually 8a-5p. The working conditions are a little bit better in these settings (I know from personal experience because I have worked in both type of setting) but as with anything the day can be unpredictable.

This answer is not a yes or no. It is a “depends” type of answer. At my last job which was a beside floor nurse position, our schedule was made for us at first. I usually worked 12 hours shifts three days a week and every other weekend. But then our manager asked us if we wanted to make our own schedule and everyone voted yes. So we then got to choose the days we wanted to work. However, we had to follow the rules and work every other weekend and schedule yourself for 12 hours shifts. But if you are worried about working 12 hours shifts you could try to find someone that would break up the shift with you. Most nurse manager will work with you on this issue.

Salary for Nurses

Salary for nurses depends on a lot of factors including location, organisation and specialty. However, it is going higher with experience. According to PayScale.com the average annual salary for a registered nurse (RN) is between 71,981 to 6,96,112 INR. For a Diploma holder pay package is between 4,000 and 6,000 a month.A B.Sc nursing graduate can get a monthly salary between 8,000-Rs.10,000 in private or government hospitals. Those working in nursing colleges as teachers earn more. Those with M.Sc degrees earn more.

What are the various details of Courses?

The various categories are somewhat very important for nursing are listed below:

Tier 1: B.Sc(Nursing)

This is a bachelor’s degree and is also a beginner’s program in nursing. Course components include basic idea of nursing, first aid treatment, midwifery etc. The course includes both theoretical and practical knowledge.

Tier 2: General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM)

This program is for preparing nurses with professional qualities so that they can get placed at the premier hospitals and other healthcare institutions.

Tier 3: Auxiliary nurse midwife and health workers (ANMHW)

This course offers training ways to provide healthcare needs to those living in rural areas, especially children, mothers and old people.

Tier 4: Diploma in Nursing

This course can be pursued after completing class 10 or equivalent. This may be a one year or two year course.

Tier 5: Fields of Specialisation

Paedtric Nursing, Neonatal Nursing, Mental, Psychiatric, mental healthnursing,