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Nursing Council

Career Guidance

Career options in Nursing

Prof.Dr.S.Ani Grace Kalaimathi M.Sc(N), PhD., Registrar(FAC), Tamilnadu Nurses and Midwives Council

A career in nursing means no two days are ever the same. They're exciting, stimulating and diverse offering a variety of environments and areas in which to specialise. Better still, each day that passes presents the opportunity to develop new skills, take on further responsibilities and build your career, whether it's here or overseas. Nursing is a dynamic and varied career choice. As well as being a respected profession for both men and women, with numerous rewards and opportunities, every day is exciting and unpredictable. While every nursing career is different to another, the one thing that all nurses have in common is that their work is never dull. Working in the health care environment is more than a job - it's a career. A career where you can make a difference, all day, every day.

There are so many options available once you have decided on a career in nursing.
Prepare to be a Nurse

High School Preparation

S.No Nursing Programs Eligibility Criteria Training Duration
1 Auxiliary Nurse & Midwife 10+2 Class pass 2  years
2 General Nursing & Midwifery 10+2 Class pass with 40% marks 3 and 1/2 years
3 B. Sc (Basic) 10+2 Class pass with 45% aggregate in PCBE 4 years
4 B.Sc (Post Basic) 10+2 + GNM 2 years
5 M. Sc. The Minimum education requirements shall be the passing of: B.Sc. Nursing/B.Sc. Hons. Nursing/Post Basic B.Sc. Nursing with minimum of 55% aggregate marks. 2 years
6 M. Phil M. Sc. 1 year (Full time) 2 years (part time)
7 Ph D M. Sc./ M. Phil 3-5 years
8 Post Basic Specialty Diploma Courses R.N & R.M One Year

Career Paths

Individual nursing practice is determined by the career path selected and is dependent upon education, experience, work setting and geographical location.

Clinical Nurse

Clinical Nurse - Provides scientific, psychological, and technological knowledge in the care of patients and families in many health care settings.

Nurse Educator

Utilizes educational methodologies to present current information in patient care settings, universities, and communities

Nurse Administrator

Coordinates the use of human, financial, and technological resources to provide patient care.

Nurse Researcher

Utilizes statistical methodologies to discover or establish facts, principles or relationships to improve the quality of nursing.

Career Diversity

Nurses may follow their personal and professional interests by working with any group of people, in any setting, at any time. There is no profession which offers as many opportunities for diversified roles as does nursing.

  • Clinical Nurse
  • Clinical Instructor
  • Clinical Specialist Nurse
  • College/University Professor
  • Midwifery Practitioner
  • Staff Development Specialist
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Patient Education Specialist
  • Occupational Health Nurse
  • Manager/Administrator
  • Educator
  • Researcher

Hospital Settings

  • Critical Care
  • Emergency
  • Maternal/Child Care
  • Medical: Cardiology, Diabetes, Gastroenterology, Gerontology, Nephrology, Neurology,
  • Oncology, Pulmonary, Rehabilitation, Renal, Rheumatology, Urology
  • Operating Room/Recovery Room
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health
  • Surgical: Burn, Cardiovascular, Ear/Nose/Throat, Gastroenterology, Orthopedics, Plastic Reconstructive, Transplant

Non-hospital Settings

  • Public/Community Health
  • Mental Health Agencies
  • Home Health Care
  • Health Maintenance Organizations
  • Managed Care Companies
  • Insurance
  • Occupational Health
  • Research Centers
  • Extended Care Facilities
  • Clinics
  • Outpatient Surgery Centers
  • Hospices
  • Community Schools, Day Care Centers
  • Military Branches
  • Independent Practice
  • Schools/Colleges of Nursing
  • Old age Homes

Job Outlook

The future looks bright in the nursing field. The outlook for new Registered Nurses is exceptionally good; the number of new jobs for registered nurses is expected to increase at a rate far greater than that of most other jobs in coming years. Healthcare in India is estimated to have a 40-50 percent shortage of nurses. An important profession within medicine, nursing supports patients with critical illnesses, chronic diseases and psychiatric illnesses in public and private settings. Within a hospital or non-hospital setting, nurses are crucial to the healthcare industry.