GNM is a career oriented program which stands for General Nursing and Midwifery. It is a 3½ years long Diploma program. GNM is concerned with the education of nurses in a general health care, nursing and midwifery. English nurse Florence Nightingale is known as the founder of modern nursing.
Nursing is a discipline that focuses on care, rehabilitation or treatment of patients. The main objectives of the course is below:
- Prevention of diseases
- Maintaining good health of patients.
In this course students are trained to take care of patients and assist Doctors in supervised or independent setups as their choice after completing the course.
GNM is a job oriented course, using which, 12th standard passed students may enter the field of nursing there are different criteria of admission procedure for different colleges.
This academic program is 3 years long and 6 months are dedicated towards internship which is necessary to completing the program.
After completing this course, successful candidates or students may register themselves as registered nurse or midwife with state nurse registration council.
In this article, you will be reading about GNM course details, eligibility criteria, admission process, career prospects and job profiles available after completing the course.
Eligibility Criteria to take admission in GNM:
A candidate who wants to go for the course must be at least 17 years of age. Applicant must not be more than 35 years of age.
According to the website of Indian Nursing Council, 10+2 with Science stream Biology group (PCB) passed students are the most preferred ones.
However, it has also been mentioned that 10+2 Arts stream passed students are also eligible to pursue this course.
Minimum aggregate marks required may vary from one institution to another. Usually, it is around 40 to 50% marks.
Some colleges and institutes conduct entrance exams to give admission while some other colleges give admission on the basis of interview and marks obtained in 10 + 2.
This course is for both male and female students.
It has been noticed that the educational requirement or selection procedure varies from one institute to another.
As we see most institutes follow the ‘direct admission’ process. Seats are allotted to deserving applicants based on the marks scored by them in 10+2 board examination which is also known as merit bases admission.
In case of some reputed institutes, private screening tests and interviews are also used in admission process.
Best Colleges in India For GNM:
Here is the list for best colleges of India for GNM program
- Indian Medical Institute of Nursing
- Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC)Pune
- Indian Army Military (IAM) New Delhi
- Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital (GTBH) New Delhi
- Bharat College Of Nursing
- Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh
Career, Scope and Job Opportunities:
GNM is a Diploma course. It doesn’t offer diverse job profiles. Handful of job profiles available in front of GNM Nurses are:
- Staff Nurse
- Home Nurse
- Health Visitor Community
- Health Worker.
- Common places/areas where one may find a job include-
- Public Health Centers
- Government hospitals
- Nursing Homes
- Old age homes
- Government health schemes
- Private hospitals/clinics
- Government dispensaries.
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