Nursing, as a career, has always been in demand. Now with more and more private hospitals and nursing homes coming up, the demand for trained nurses has increased manifold. Playing a significant role in the healthcare profession, nurses shoulder a wide variety of responsibilities. Right from taking bedside care of patients to administrating medicines to maintaining day-to-day records of patients to arranging medical equipment – a host of duties are performed by nurses. Now when it comes to courses, wide varieties of options are available for nursing aspirants.
In order to pursue higher studies or M.Sc in nursing, candidates should have a B.Sc in nursing degree with the requisite marks. While studying M.Sc in nursing, they can specialize in the following areas:-
- Medical Surgical Nursing
- Paediatric Nursing
- Obstetrics & Gynaecology Nursing
- Psychiatric Nursing
- Community Nursing
Nurses can also take up administrative and teaching positions in medical colleges and nursing schools. Enterprising individuals can start their own nursing bureaus or even work on their own terms and conditions.
Apart, from these innumerable openings in the domestic sector, nurses who earn international nursing certifications and fulfill the prescribed immigration criteria generally move to greener pastures abroad.
According to a latest study there are approximately 10.5 lakh nurses registered with the Nursing Council. However, only 4 lakhs of these nurses are actively in service. A vast majority of them have left service due to retirement, marriage and immigration. In this context, there is a huge gap in demand and supply.
Government has also allowed special hospitals to start M.Sc. Nursing programs without these institutions having the prerequisite to set up corresponding graduate programs. The norms for admission to nursing schools have also been relaxed so that married women can now get admission to various nursing programs.