Career Guidance

Career Guidance

Nursing is a career that offers a variety of challenges and opportunities.You can choose from a wide range of specialties and environments. They are stimulating, exciting and varied.Even better, every day offers the chance to learn new skills, assume additional responsibilities, and grow your career, no matter where you are located.Nursing is a varied and dynamic career.Nursing is a highly respected career choice for men and women. It offers many rewards and opportunities. Every day is unpredictable and exciting.Although every nursing career is unique, one thing all nurses share is the fact that they never get bored.The job of a nurse in the healthcare industry is not a job, it’s a profession.You can make a difference every day.

Once you’ve decided to become a nurse, there are many options.

Prepare to be a Nurse

High School Preparation

S.NoNursing ProgramsEligibility CriteriaTraining Duration
1Auxiliary Nurse & Midwife10+2 Class pass2 years
2General Nursing & Midwifery10+2 Class pass with 40% marks3 years
3B. Sc (Basic)10+2 Class pass with 45% aggregate in PCBE4 years
4B.Sc (Post Basic)10+2 + GNM2 years
5M. Sc.The Minimum education requirements shall be the passing of: B.Sc. Nursing/B.Sc. Hons. Nursing/Post Basic B.Sc. Nursing with minimum of 55% aggregate marks.2 years
6M. PhilM. Sc.1 year (Full time) 2 years (part time)
7Ph DM. Sc./ M. Phil3-5 years
8Post Basic Specialty Diploma CoursesR.N & R.MOne Year


To study Nursing Courses, application forms are available at the Selection Committee, Office of the DME, Kilpauk, Chennai – 600 010 & visit their

Career Paths

The career choice of a nurse is a major factor in the practice of nursing. It is also dependent on education, experience and geographic location.

Clinical Nurse

Clinical Nurse – Provides psychological, technological, and scientific knowledge to patients and their families in a variety of health care settings.

Nurse Educator

Uses educational methods to communicate current information in hospitals, universities, and other communities.

Nurse Administrator

Coordinates the use and financial resources of technology, human, and financial to provide patient care.

Nurse Researcher

Uses statistical methods to establish or discover facts, principles, or relationships in order to improve the quality and efficiency of nursing.

Career Diversity

Nurses can follow their professional and personal interests by working in any environment with any person at any time.Nursing is a profession that offers many different roles.

  • Clinical Nurse
  • Clinical Instructor
  • Clinical Specialist Nurse
  • College/University Professor
  • Midwifery Practitioner
  • Staff Development Specialist
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Patient Education Specialist
  • Occupational Health Nurse
  • Manager/Administrator
  • Educator
  • Researcher

Hospital Settings

  • Critical Care
  • Emergency
  • Maternal/Child Care
  • Medical: Cardiology, Diabetes, Gastroenterology, Gerontology, Nephrology, Neurology,
  • Oncology, Pulmonary, Rehabilitation, Renal, Rheumatology, Urology
  • Operating Room/Recovery Room
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health
  • Surgical: Burn, Cardiovascular, Ear/Nose/Throat, Gastroenterology, Orthopedics, Plastic Reconstructive, Transplant

Non-hospital Settings

  • Public/Community Health
  • Mental Health Agencies
  • Home Health Care
  • Health Maintenance Organizations
  • Managed Care Companies
  • Insurance
  • Occupational Health
  • Research Centers
  • Extended Care Facilities
  • Clinics
  • Outpatient Surgery Centers
  • Hospices
  • Community Schools, Day Care Centers
  • Military Branches
  • Independent Practice
  • Schools/Colleges of Nursing
  • Old age Homes

Outlook for the Job

The nursing profession is a promising career.The outlook for Registered Nurses is exceptional. In the coming years, registered nurses will have more jobs than any other job.India’s healthcare system is facing a shortage of between 40-50 percent and 50 percent of nurses.Nursing is a vital profession in medicine. It supports patients with chronic illnesses, critical illnesses, and psychiatric disorders in both public and private settings.Nurses are vital to the healthcare industry, whether they work in a hospital setting or not.