It is often said that doctors should not make friends with patients. However, if empathy is a trait that you cannot detach from, and still you want to do good in the world by being in the medical profession, then nursing is the ideal career for you.
In India, nursing is looked upon as a good career for women despite it being a male-dominated profession before the 20th century. An effective nurse is caring, understanding, non-judgmental and has a strong ability to empathize with patients from all walks of life.
The various responsibilities nurses are expected to undertake on a daily basis are as follows-
- Performing preliminary physical examination and recording health history of the patient.
- Administering of medication in a timely fashion and with accuracy.
- Coordinate patients’ information and make necessary arrangements.
- Manage and supervise care provided by other staff personnel.
- Conduct research regarding improved practices and correlate them with patients’ condition.
- Staff nurse
- Head nurse
- Nursing supervisor
- Nursing superintendent
- Military nurse
- Community nurse
- Nursing advisor to GOVT. OF INDIA
- Industrial nurse
Courses and exams-
There are six levels of nursing education in India today. They are:
- Multi-Purpose Health Worker Female training (ANM or MPHW-F)
- Female Health Supervisor training (HV or MPHS-F)
- General nursing and midwifery (GNM)
- MPhil and PhD
The ANM, HV, and GNM are conducted in schools of nursing. The last 3 are university-level courses and the respective universities conduct examinations. Besides, there are several certificates and diploma courses in specialities.
ANM- Auxiliary nurse midwife (Village level female health worker)
MPHW-F- Multipurpose health worker- Female
HV- Health Visitor
Level of difficulty-
India is a country with an extremely large population. The ratio of people to medical professionals is highly skewed and requires more and more trained professionals every day.
That is why the government of India has taken initiatives to provide certification courses for increasing easy access to services in rural areas which are in dire need of even basic healthcare. This increases the chances of making it in the profession by a lot. Though it is by no means a course which can be taken lightly. It requires a fair amount of dedication and hard work.
- There are a ton of specialisations and career paths to choose from. Whether it’s cardiac, critical care, nephrology or neonatal, there are plenty of options for nurses to explore. This means plenty of new challenges and earning potential.
- No need of picking clothes every day for wearing to work.
- It gives an immense sense of satisfaction and the happiness from helping others and has a profound effect.
- What can be a bigger pro than helping to save lives as a profession?
- Some people might find having to deal with other peoples’ bodily fluids on a daily basis to be unnerving.
- Timings can run a little late often culminating in 12-hour shifts.
- Nurses might sometimes be underappreciated even though they put in a lot of work and late hours.
- Stress is a big issue in this profession. Even a small action can have severe consequences, causing a lot of stress as a part and parcel of this job.
Lifestyle, salary and timings-
Although a nurse’s job is highly stressful and makes them quite busy, it does have its own perks. It is a stable job and can easily be turned into a top-level job in management of the hospital. The pay is also considerable though not luxurious, still more than enough to pay the bills. The average salary of just a staff nurse is around 3 lpa.
Timings are always a concern in medical professions as emergencies are quite common and can run in double shifts which may lead to loss of sleep and health concerns.
It would be a sin to talk about nursing and not mention the work of Florence Nightingale.
She was the founder of modern nursing and commonly known as “The lady with the lamp”.
She set an example of compassion, commitment to patient care and diligent and thoughtful hospital administration.
The most important trait to become a nurse in empathy followed by meticulousness and emotional stability. Communicating with patients, doctors and other medical professionals on a daily basis is a big part of the job, hence communication skills should be strong. The person should be soft spoken.
In conclusion, there are currently 104 nursing professions to choose from which makes nursing one of the most customizable careers you could pursue, as there are several types of degrees, certifications, job characteristics and categories you can select and choose to proceed with. Cheers!