Some of us are drawn towards serving humanity on a more tangible level. If caring for another fellow-being brings you happiness and satisfaction, then nursing is the right career for you.
Once considered a not-so ‘happening’ career, nursing has not only become highly specialised, but popular as well. The practice of nursing involves altruistic behavior, is guided by nursing research, and is governed by a code of ethics.
There are a number of educational paths to becoming a professional nurse, but all involve extensive study of nursing theory and practice and training in clinical skills.
These days there are a number of specialities within nursing. You can choose your specialisation and pursue your chosen path. You can practice in a wide range of settings, from hospitals to visiting people in their homes and caring for them in schools to research in pharmaceutical companies.
Nurses work in occupational health settings, clinics and physician offices, long-term care facilities, and camps. They also work on cruise ships and in military service. Nurses act as advisors and consultants to the healthcare and insurance industries.
Your salary depends on the the city you choose to practice your profession and the organisation. As a beginner, you can expect a starting salary of around Rs 12,000 per month or so.
Your area of specialisation and experience in the field will matter in the long run. This career can be a wonderful experience especially when you see your patients nursed back to good health.