GNM (General Nursing and Midwifery) – Just like in the previous article i had given you all the information regarding B.Sc nursing.For those who do not want to go in for that bachelors course after class 12,there is another option of GNM which is an easier version of B.Sc Nursing.It is a Diploma course and just like B.Sc Nursing is regulated by the Indian Nursing Council – INC.
While you are doing your GNM course,some of the thing you will learn are – how to take care of patients and give them proper dosage of medicines according to their prescriptions or bedside charts.Other objectives of this course will patient care,healthcare and clinical practice.
What is Midwifery?
Midwifery is a specialty nursing healthcare branch that trains nurses to deal with all procedures related to childbirth and post delivery care they help with the entire pregnancy period.
GNM vs B.Sc Nursing
Both have similar goals of training however the advantage B.Sc Nursing has over GNM Diploma is that it is after all a graduation course and you become a graduate after doing it.
Many people do the GNM course and then add a B.Sc course to it later on.
Also the B.Sc course is slightly longer compared to the GNM and provides a more indepth education and focuses more on theory,whereas the GNM is vocational course and focuses more on the practical aspects of Nursing.
The biggest advantage of GNM is the midwife sub course that you are getting prepared for.It is a separate specialization,and due to this,you will be paid more than other who do not have this training.
ELIGIBILITY for GNM course:
- Age should be minimum 17 years not less
- Only female students can apply who are mentally and physically fit enough to do the course
- Need to have done class 12 in science with atleast 40% average marks in the board exam. However some colleges accept candidates from non science backgrounds.
If you are from a science stream,it will be beneficial,because some colleges ask for an entrance test to be given,and these will have questions from all science and maths subjects as well.
GNM Course and subjects syllabus
For the three years of the GNM course there will be internal as well as external examinations.You need to score 50% in these exams to get to the next year.
Some of the subjects that you will study are:
|01.||Biological Science (Anatomy, Physiology and Microbiology)|
|02.||Behavioural Science (Psychology and Sociology)|
|03.||Fundamentals of Nursing and First Aid|
|04.||Community Health Nursing with Environmental Hygiene Health Education and Communication Skills, and Nutrition|
|01.||Medical Surgical Nursing I|
|02.||Medical Surgical Nursing II|
|03.||Mental Health Nursing|
|04.||Child Health Nursing|
|Third Year Part-I|
|01.||Midwifery and Gynaecology|
|02.||Community Health Nursing II|
|Third Year-II (Integrated Supervised Internship)|
|02.||Introduction to Research and Statistics|
|03.||Professional Trends and Adjustment|
|04.||Administration and Ward Management|
INTERNSHIP OF GNM
The most important part of the GNM course is the actual on job training after you complete the 3 years college training.This internship has the following criteria and you need to clock these minimum hours in each department in order to successfully complete the Diploma.
|Medical Surgical Nursing|
|Community Health Nursing|
|Child Health Nursing|
|Midwifery and Gynaecological Nursing|
|Mental Health Nursing|
Future career and job scope
Just like a B.Sc nursing,a GNM nurse also is a fully qualified and trained nurse capable of doing all nursing duties and can command a high salary.
This is a very specialized job and even a fresher is paid atleast Rs.25,000 a month.
Home care nurses who visit ailing peoples homes and provide daily services can be paid atleast Rs.1000 per day.
Some of the jobs you could land are:
- Staff Nurse
- OT Nurse
- Cath Lab and Cardiac Nursing
- Home Care Nurse
- ICU Nurse
Some of the skills recruiters are looking for:
- Reporting of patients condition to doctor in charge regularly
- Knowledge of life rescuitating procedures
- Discharge procedures
- Knowledge of awareness and risks of infections and modes of transmission
- Administration of IV fluids,medicines and blood transfusions
Doing a GNM course is a great way to get hands on experience directly in the industry.It is more geared towards actual practical nursing compared to a B.Sc,also it is way cheaper.
As mentioned before,the main advantage of the GNM course is the Midwife training that other nursing graduates do not get.
A good suggestion is to veer your career towards this specialization it will be more financially rewarding.