by Rishabh Chaturvedi
March 12, 2019
A nurse is required to not only look after the patient’s medical and hygiene needs, but also, they are supposed to monitor changes, effectiveness of treatment, getting the patient to cooperate, and, if and when required, administer first-aid and medical or emergency minor surgical treatments. The help doctors diagnose patients, give valuable advice about care and dealing with symptoms to not just the patient and their family, but often to the doctor too. They also provide follow up care.
- Providing hands-on medical care to patients
- Monitoring patient and treatment
- Making logs of treatment effectiveness
- Noting changes in patient’s condition
- Supervising hospital attendants and staff
- Making sure patients follow medication and diet plans
- Operating medical equipment and performing tests on patients
- Providing diagnostic help to doctors
- Advising patients and next of kin on how to deal with illness
What are the qualifications required to be a nurse?
Nurses are part of an organised sector of the workforce. In India, the Indian Nursing Council has laid down certain required qualifications for nurses. All these qualifications have different specialities and depend upon the requirement of the job. Employers will look for the following-
- Auxiliary Nursing Midwifery(ANM)(1-year Diploma course)- Suitable for basic healthcare workers with a focus on women, children and elders.
- General Nursing and Midwifery(GNM)(3&1/2- year Diploma course)- For general health care, nursing and midwifery.
- Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing(B.Sc(N))- Suitable for general medicine, nursing and care
- Post-Basic Bachelors of Science in Nursing- A specialty course of nursing for candidates with a certificate in GNM.
- Masters of Science degree in Nursing(M.Sc(N))
Apart from these, Nurses have to be registered as Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife(RNRM) under the State Nursing Registration Council(SNRC)
A nurse should also have the following soft-skills-
- Ability to deal with problems
- Leadership spirit
- In-depth knowledge of medicine
- Ability to get people to cooperate
- Calm under pressure
- Knowledge of English and local language
What is the uniform on a nurse?
Nurse uniforms are commonly called scrubs. It is widely available and contains a tunic and pants.
Where are the jobs available?
Requirements for good nurses are always present. They are required in hospitals, medical clinics, nursing homes, medical department of corporates, industries and schools, armed forces, government departments and a lot of other places. Private individual too hire nurses for full-time care.
Do’s and Don’ts of the job-
- Always be prepared for anything
- Learn to function efficiently as part of a team
- Always try to learn new skills
- Never administer treatment without doctor’s advice
- Never leave critical patients unattended
- Never be irresponsible about the job