We’ve all heard these for too long, and so we decided to do some research and get inputs that matter from someone in the field. Take a look!
Busting Myth #1: Nurses are unqualified versions of doctors
No. There are over 1,300 colleges in India recognised by the Indian Nursing Council. Nurses need to have at least a B.Sc Nursing degree to begin with. Here are some great colleges that offer this course:
a) All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi
b) Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore
c) Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune
d) JIPMER, Pondicherry
e) Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute, Chennai
And before they pursue their M.Sc, B.Sc graduates must have at least a year’s experience. The colleges listed above are the top destinations for pursuing an M.Sc as well. And just like all other masters degrees, you get to specialise on an area of your choice, either as part of Master’s degree or as a post graduate diploma course. The options available are:
a) Operation Theatre nursing
b) Cardio-Thoracic/Vascular nursing
c) Neuromedical and Neurosurgical
d) Nursing in the department of oncology (cancer-related)
e) Nephrology & Urology
In addition to that, you have paediatric, psychiatric, geriatric, obstetrical and gynaecological, rehabilitation techniques and so on.
There is also the option to do an M.Phil and Ph.D later on. There are also short-term specialization courses available.
Myth #2: Nurses get paid peanuts
While it’s true that nursing is not a profession that pays very well in the first few years, it isn’t exactly a bad pay master. The Central Government’s Pay Commission envisages a salary of about Rs. 30,000 per month for beginners. Such roles, however, are limited and require highly competitive individuals, with positions being available in the Armed Forces, AIIMS and the like. This pay policy hasn’t yet reached the private sector.
Pay scale at private corporate hospitals could start off at about Rs. 12,000 per month, but can increase significantly over time. However, the best pay packages are for nurses employed abroad. In fact, their pay is ten times greater than that of nurses in India! This is particularly true of nurses employed in the Gulf region.
So if nursing is something you’re passionate about, do not hesitate. The world needs you.