Who hasn’t heard of the great Florence Nightingale? She was an angel of mercy and also the founder of modern nursing. It was she who brought the field of nursing under the limelight. Nursing involves taking care of patients who are suffering from different kind of injuries, diseases and pain. Nurses have the all-important job of monitoring the patient’s condition and administering prescribed medicines at regular intervals. Nurses can also acquire specialisation in a particular area such as cardiac care, intensive care, orthopaedics, paediatrics and the like.
In recent times, more and more students from the Northeast have chosen to pursue nursing as it is not only about taking care of the sick, there are plenty of other job opportunities that qualified nurses can opt for. Although until recently women used to opt for nursing as a career, now even the men are showing interest in this field.
Costs differ from institution to institution, however it is common knowledge that fees are cheaper at government owned and aided colleges as compared to private colleges. In government colleges, fees can cost you anywhere between R 45,000 to R 1,40,000 per year while the same course can cost you near R 50,000 to R 1,80,000 per annum at private owned nursing schools.
In the field of nursing, you can choose to work in any of the specialized fields such as –
- Hospital Nursing
- Home Health Nursing
- Industrial Nursing/Occupational Health Nursing
- Military Nursing
- Orthopaedic Nursing
- Paediatric Nursing
- Public Health Nursing/Community Health Nursing
- Psychiatric Nursing
Starting salary for those who are fresh out of nursing school can be anywhere between R 7,000 to R 17,000 per month. Once you get gain some first-hand experience, you are bound to get a pay package around R 18,000 to R 37,000. Nurses who have a lot of experience get hefty pay packages that can be anywhere between R 48,000 to R 72,000 per month. Your chances at a better pay package improve if you find employment in foreign countries.
Nursing is ideal for those who wish to give back to the society. You need to be dedicated and motivated because there will be good days and bad days at work but your spirit needs to be strong enough to see you through till the end. It can get pretty stressful when you need to stay up long hours to ensure the patient does not come to any harm however it is also one of the most fulfilling jobs on the planet. Compassion and dedication will help you go very far in this line of work.
- Auxiliary Nurse Midwife/Health Worker – 45% in HSLC
- General Nursing and Midwifery – 45% in 10+2 with biology, physics and chemistry
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing – 45% in 10+2 with biology, physics and chemistry
- Master of Science in Nursing – B.Sc. degree
- Auxiliary Nurse Midwife/Health Worker – 18 months
- General Nursing and Midwifery – 3 ½ years
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing – 3-4 years
- Master of Science in Nursing – 2 years
- CMC , College of Nursing, Vellore
- AIIMS, New Delhi
- RAK College of Nursing, Delhi
- Sai College of Nursing, Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh
There are many challenges in the field of nursing. It can be stressful to deal with patients at times and you really need to keep cool and calm at all times to ensure the patient receives the best care. Even though it is challenging, it is also a very rewarding career because you get to help patients recover and get better. I feel blessed to be able to help people and in a way give back to the society that has given me so much.
Suraksha Chettri, Intern (B.Sc. Nursing), Sikkim