General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) is a three-year and six month diploma programme designed for aspirants who want to pursue a career in clinical nursing. The programme teaches candidates how to care for individuals who are sick or have been injured in order to help them attain full recovery. Although the curriculum design of the course varies from university to university, GNM courses are designed to prepare the students for clinical approach of handling patients. The curriculum of some universities includes a six-month internship at the end of the course and the diploma is granted only after the candidates complete this internship.
General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) Eligibility Criteria:
Minimum Qualification Required: 10+2 (Physics, Biology and Chemistry)
Minimum Marks Required (Aggregate): 50%
GNM Admission Process:
Nursing aspirants can apply for the General Nursing and Midwifery programme once they have completed their class 12 exams with Biology, Chemistry and Physics as compulsory subjects.
Admissions in GNM courses are done mostly on the basis of marks secured by a candidate in class 12 exams.
Career Options and Job Prospects:
Nursing is full-time occupation and candidates who have acquired the required skills and education in the field of care-taking and nursing can take up jobs at hospitals, clinics, health departments or can work as a private health care-taker. GNM diploma holders can also take up community services and can work for NGOs that spread medical awareness or help the sick. The salaries offered after the GNM courses can vary from Rs. 1.5 lakh to Rs. 3 lakh. Some government jobs pay better packages to freshers who complete this course. Following are some of the job profiles that a GNM diploma holder can apply for:
- Staff Nurse
- Home Nurse
- Health Visitor
- Community Health Worker
Since GNM is a diploma programme, most of the candidates apply for advanced nursing courses after completing the GNM course in order to enhance their career prospects. There are various courses that candidates can pursue after this diploma programme including the Auxiliary Nursing Midwifery (ANM), B.Sc. in Nursing, M.Sc. in Nursing, PG Certificate in Nursing and Doctorate (Ph.D.). Job options after pursuing these courses along with GNM are better than the career options and salaries offered after the GNM alone.
- Health Care Nurse
- Nursing Tutor
- Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Certified Nursing Assistant
- Legal Nurse Consultant
- Senior – Nurse Educator
- Forensic Nursing
- Home Care Nurse
- Emergency Room Nurse
- ICU Nurse
- Teacher – Nursing School
- Staff Nurse
- Community Health Nurse
Salaries offered after pursuing GNM followed by PG diploma or master courses in nursing are lucrative. Nurses working in forensics, ICU and private home care, can earn up to Rs. 4.9 lakh to Rs. 5 lakh per annum. Salaries also increase with the job profile of the nursing professional. Specialists, consultants and professors in this field get packages varying from Rs. 5.5 lakh to Rs. 9.13 lakh per annum.