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GNM Nursing

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What is GNM Nursing: (General Nursing and Midwifery).

               GNM is a diploma-level course, suitable for those who want to pursue a career in clinical nursing. Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai first started the training of midwives in India with 4 students in the year 1871. Students needs to clear class 12 with English and Science subjects in order to be eligible for GNM. 

              GNM is a training the students with specifically designed to become fully-fledged nursing professionals. It has a mixture of both theoretical and on-ground training for the students which helps them acquire basic skills.

                GNM Nursing course are divided into 3.5 years duration course (3 years of education and 6 months of mandatory internship). Students get to do internships in Nursing Homes, Hospitals, and even Private Medical Firms and Companies. This is suitable for those who are interested in assisting sick people and helping doctors in various hospitals.


Why choose a GNM Nursing course:

           Now-a-days, there is no shortage to the students for GNM course. One can opt for any programme and pursue their studies in the same. To help students realize about the GNM nursing programme, they are some of the main reasons who pursue GNM course.

  • GNM course provides vocational training to students to help them assist the needs of the patients using advanced clinical methodologies.

  • The work demands addressing the patient’s needs and lending a helping hand to the doctors and to provide care for society.

  • Curriculum of the GNM Nursing course is specifically curated to transform learners into full-fledged nursing professionals. It comprises a mixture of both on-ground training and theoretical understanding for the aspirants which helps one acquire basic skills

  • In India, there are 1,00,930 Nursing seats in 1936 Nursing Colleges. GNMs plays an important role in the healthcare sector, especially in these difficult times.

  • Most importantly, it’s a career with a lot of room for advancement all over the world. After completing GNM programme at a reputable nursing institution, you will be able to travel abroad and work for higher pay. Graduates of GNM Nursing Course programmes have excellent opportunities both in India and abroad.


Who should choose GNM Nursing?

  • The GNM Nursing course is available to those who want to work in the medical field. 

  • Applicants who want to work as nurses, midwives, or assistants in society must enrol in this course.

  • Applicants can enrol in the GNM Nursing programme if they have compassion for helping people and working with medical professionals to treat them.


What are the eligibility criteria for GNM Nursing?

          The main eligibility criteria to pursue a GNM Nursing course in India are listed below.

  • Students should pass 10+2 in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology with science stream as mandatory subjects with the age of the students should be between 17 to 35 years, it is necessary for every student to be medically fit.

  • Students should obtain at least 50% marks in their qualifying exams. In the top most medical colleges offering GNM Nursing course ask for 60% marks for qualifying.

  • General Nursing and Midwifery program by appearing for state-level exams such as WBJEE ANM-GNM, Maharashtra GNM, Kerala GNM, etc. They must also have obtained the minimum number of marks required in their GNM Nursing Entrance Exam Result.



Types of GNM Nursing Course

              GNM Nursing course has 3 types that are most pursued in India are Basic, Post Basic, and Distance.


1. Basic GNM

            It is a most common type of basic GNM course, which is a 3.5 years bachelor's degree that helps to train students to require to gain more knowledge and skills to provide comprehensive nursing care to treat the patient with various types of diseases, is specially designed to make general nurses who are able to efficiently participate in the health team in various hospitals and other organizations.

2. Post Basic GNM

            Students in the post-basic GNM explore advanced knowledge, it can gain by classroom along with educational visits and clinical teachings. There is a good scope of post-basic GNM. Students can get jobs at nursing educational institutions, clinics, public health centers, etc. The duration of the basic version of this course lasts 3 years, whereas the regular version of this course lasts for 2 years.


3. Distance GNM

        Since GNM or General Nursing and Midwifery has a very limited scope for distance learning with highly technical profession, remote learning options are restricted. There is Students should be careful of universities that provide GNM via distance learning.


What is the GNM Nursing Course Fee?

The course fee for GNM Nursing course is variable in private and government colleges and institutions. The course fee for a General Nursing and Midwifery in government colleges is approximately INR 20,000 to INR 60,000 per annum, and for private colleges it is around 50,000-1,50,000 per year.


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What is the Admission Process for GNM Nursing (2023)?

The admission process for the General Nursing and Midwifery programme is the student have completed their class 12 exams with Biology, Chemistry, and Physics as compulsory subjects on the basis of marks secured by the students in class 12 exams. Colleges release a merit list on the basis of candidate’s performance in the 10+2 exam. 

Some of the institutes are conducted their own entrance exams for these courses or take students on the basis of state-level diploma entrance exams. By qualifying the entrance exams, the students will be eligible for admissions to the GNM course. 


What are skills required for GNM Nursing?

  • Ability to perform various nursing procedures like administering medications

  • Ability to work in a team

  • Ability to work under pressure

  • Ability to know about computer skills for record keeping

  • Compassion and empathy

  • Continuous learning and adaptability

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills


What are the GNM Nursing year wise syllabus?

First Year 

  1. Anatomy, Physiology and Microbiology

  2. Psychology and Sociology

  3. Fundamentals of Nursing

  4. Community Health Nursing- I with practical's

  5. Environmental Hygiene, Health Education & Communication Skills and Nutrition

  6. English

  7. Computer Application

Second Year

  1. Medical-Surgical Nursing - I

  2. Medical-Surgical Nursing - II

  3. Mental Health Nursing

  4. Child Health Nursing


Third Year

  1. Midwifery and Gynecological Nursing

  • Introduction

  • Reproductive System

  • Nursing Management of pregnant women

  • Nursing Management of women in Labour

  • Complications of pregnancy and its management

   2. Community Health Nursing – II

  • Health System in India

  • Healthcare services in India

  • Health planning in India

  • Specialized Community health services

  • Vital health statistics


Internship Period

  • Educational Method & Media For teaching in the practice of Nursing

  • Introduction to Research

  • Professional Trends & Adjustment

  • Administration and Ward Management

  • Health Economics

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