Last updated: 12 Jun 2020
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Nursing offers a wide range of career opportunities-from entry level to doctoral-level researcher. Nurses are hands on-health professionals who provide focused and highly personalised care to patients. Nurses promote health, prevent disease and help patients cope with illness. They have unique scope of practice in both independent and collaborative situations. They work as independent nurses or as collaborative nurses in a healthcare team and provide the care needed by each patient as an individual or in a community.
Nursing can be described as both an art and a science, a heart and a mind. At its heart, lies a fundamental respect for human dignity and an intuition for a patient’s needs. This is supported by mind in a form of rigorous core learning. Nursing has a vast range of specialisations and complex skills in the nursing profession; hence each nurse has specific strengths, passions and expertise according to the specialisations.
M.Sc Nursing is a 2-year post graduate programme that can be done after the completion of bachelor’s in nursing. The course involves a detailed study of different modules of nursing such as obstetrics & gynaecology, general treatment, ophthalmology, gastric, nephrology, psychiatry, oncology, etc.
The M.Sc Nursing course trains the students to work as registered nurses in a wide variety of settings that include hospitals, multi-level care facilities, community agencies as well as psychiatric or mental health settings. The main aim of the course is to develop the nursing skills along with empathy and compassion among the students and develop them into successful nurses.
The students have the option to join M.Sc Nursing course by two modes of admission (1) Merit based admission and (2) Direct admission.
The students looking for Merit based admissions in colleges affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) are required to qualify the PGCET entrance exam conducted by Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA). They are also required to undergo counselling sessions conducted by KEA in order to get admissions to M.Sc Nursing course. The merit seats have reasonable fee structure that is fixed by the government.
The students also have an option to get admission to M.Sc Nursing course. This process is called the direct admission process. The students can directly take admission to their desired colleges without any entrance exams. The students under direct admission procedures are given special privileges such that they are not required to appear for any entrance exams and are also not required to undergo any counselling sessions. The main advantage of this process is that the students can choose their desired colleges and get confirmed admissions in those colleges. The interested students can contact the educational advisory centres for getting direct admissions to M.Sc Nursing course. The fees are slightly higher for direct admission seats.
The M.Sc Nursing students will be studying the following subjects in their course curriculum, they are:
The nursing students can find work in hospitals, clinics, old age homes, individual houses, community centres, etc. After completion of M.Sc Nursing, they can join as Nursing Manager and also become a Nursing department head in hospitals or medical colleges. They can join PhD and take up research in nursing. They can work as consultant nurses for hospitals and polyclinics. They can even open nursing training institutes and take training for new and budding nurses.
There are number of job roles available after the completion of M.Sc Nursing course they are:
As a professional nurse one can easily earn around 3 lakhs to 6 lakhs per annum. The salary varies according to the location and recruiter. The salary for experienced nurses is always higher when compared to fresh nursing graduates.
The nurses are typically hired in hospitals and health care institutes. Some of the top recruiters for M.Sc Nurses are:
The increase in hospitals and increase in patients has created a demand for more number of nurses. The advancement in medical technologies and medical treatments has resulted in increased life span of patients. As the life span increased, nursing care has become a challenge for many hospitals. So, more nurses are required to take care of old and ailing people. The increased demand for nurses has forced the hospitals to recruit more qualified nurses. So, the employment rate is high when it comes to nursing careers. The M.Sc Nursing students can easily find jobs in various hospitals and health care institutes. The students who are service oriented along with compassionate and empathetic behaviour can join M.Sc Nursing course and explore excellent job avenues as nurses in India as well as abroad.