Monday, 24 March 2014


Nursing Council Act came to existence in 1948 to constitute a council of nurses to safeguard the quality of nursing education in the country. The mandate was to establish and maintain uniform standards of nursing education. Indian Nursing Council (INC) is a statutory body that regulates nursing education in the country through prescription,inspection, examination, certification and maintaining its stands for a uniform syllabus at each level of nursing education.

The purpose of general nursing programme

The general nursing and midwifery course is conducted in 2178 centres in the country. The duration of the course from three year has become to three and half year. The basic entrance has become intermediate or class 12 instead of earlier class 10. Both science and arts students are eligible.

The focus of general nursing education is the care of sick in the hospital. Schools of nursing are generally attached to teaching hospitals. Three Board examinations are conducted, one at the end of each year. On passing the candidates are registered as registered nurse and mid –wife by the respective state nursing councils.

The Indian Nursing Council believes that the basic course in nursing is a formal educational preparation which should be based on sound education principles. The council recognizes that the program as the foundation on which the practice of nursing is built and on which depends further professional education. It also recognizes its responsibility to the society for the continued development of student as individual nurse and citizens.

The purpose of general nursing programme is to prepare general nurse who will function as member of the health team beginning with competence for first level position in both hospital and community.

--> The programme is generated to the health needs of the society, the community and the individual and will assist nurses in their personal and professional development so that they may take their maximum contribution to the society as individual citizens and nurses.Demonstrate awareness of and skills required in the nursing process in the provision of health care and nursing of patients.

--> Apply relevant knowledge from the humanities biological and behavioural sciences in carrying out health care and nursing activities and functions.

--> Show sensitivity and skill in human relationship and communication in his or her daily works

--> Demonstrate skill in the problem solving methods in nursing.

--> Gain knowledge of health resources in the community and the country.

--> Demonstrate skill in leadership.

--> Demonstrate awareness of necessity of belonging to professional organizations.

--> Promotion of health, precaution against illness, restoration of health and rehabilitation. Student admission Age for the entrance shall be 17 years to 35 years, provided they meet the minimum educational requirement i.e. 12 years of schooling.

Minimum education all students should pass class12 or its equivalent, preferably with science subjects.
Admission of students shall be once a year.
Students should be medically fit. The selection committee should comprise tutors, nurse administrators, and educationalist/psychologist.

Training programme The course in general nursing shall be of three and half year’s duration as follows, --- two years practice in general nursing, one year community health nursing and midwifery and six months internship which includes nursing administration and nursing research classes. There will be alternate course for male students in lieu of midwifery. The ANM who wishes to undertake general nursing course will not be given any concessions. The maximum hours per week per students shall be 36 hours, which includes instructions and clinical field experiences. The Swift Group of colleges offers one of the best GNM nursing courses in Punjab.

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