Nursing diploma courses to be phased out by 2022

Speaking to Express, a government nurse said, “It might not be practical to execute the system in Tamil Nadu.

Published: 06th February 2019 04:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th February 2019 04:31 AM   |  A+A-


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By Express News Service

CHENNAI: As a step towards standardisation of the nursing qualifications at the entry level, the Union Health Ministry has decided to phase out the General Nursing and Midwifery, a diploma nursing course by 2022, the ministry said in a copy of the discussions of the meeting held in New Delhi last year. 

According to official sources, on July 25, members (Health), NITI had discussions on nursing education reforms with nursing experts and professionals from across the country to suggest recommendations for effecting changes in  nursing education to provide quality health care. “There is a need for standardisation in nursing qualification at the entry level. As a step towards achieving this, it has been decided that the existing GNM course would be phased out by 2022,” the copy accessed by Express showed.

The experts also stressed the need to change the existing curriculum of the PG Nursing courses. “The curriculum should expand the scope of clinical activities. BSc nursing curriculum set by the Indian Nursing Council should be expedited to address the crisis of inadequate clinical skills,” the experts decided.

“An exit exam for BSc nursing should be introduced as proposed by the Ministry of Health. Information technology (IT) should be used more extensively for nursing education and to facilitate distance learning courses,” the recommendations said.

Speaking to Express, a government nurse said, “It might not be practical to execute the system in Tamil Nadu. There are around 1,800 diploma seats in 22 government medical colleges which have the School of Nursing. Then, all these colleges should be converted into Colleges of Nursing. But, only two or three colleges are offering PG nursing courses,” the nurse added.

However, for further discussions on the recommendations of the NITI Aayog, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Department is holding a meeting to discuss the recommendations of NITI Aayog on February 7 under the chairmanship of deputy secretary (Nursing), at New Delhi in which all State Health department officials will be  participating.

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  • Mrs. Olive

    Comments regarding Nursing diploma courses to be phased out by 2022. 1. The candidates from low socio economic group may not be benefitted and will have less chances to take up professional courses
    1 month ago reply
  • Hema Winston

    We need nurses to work in our country. Degree nurses prefer to work in Abroad and mostly take up either teaching or supervisory role. Students from Non Science stream in Higher secondary level take up nursing through GNM course. Poor students specially girls from rural India gets opportunity to become professional through this course which indirectly strengthens the health and social infrastructure of our Rural India and supports women empowerment by improving women literacy rate of our country.
    1 month ago reply
  • Dhanamani

    Already there is shortage of nurses in Government and private hospitals.If Diploma course is phased out there will be mass shortage of nurses in India. The post Basic Bsc course also will be closed. Students from poor economic background can not pay the fees for Degree course
    1 month ago reply
  • Rajam

    We need more GNm NUrses in our future .otherwise Nursing future is going to be ?????
    1 month ago reply
  • Mary malar kodi

    GNM Nurses has best knowledge than BSC NUrsing . BSC Nurse will work only in NON- clinical area. So we need more Nurses in Clinical area
    1 month ago reply
  • Ms.Jeba Prabha

    Clinical Competent than BSc Nursing Training Programme. ( Bsc Nursing Programme has more Theory Hours Than Practical Hours)
    1 month ago reply
  • ceronmani.J

    Please don't phase out GNM Training Programme for the reasons of we need more bedside Nurses. GNM course affordable by everyone
    1 month ago reply
  • Jancy

    Middle level nursing manpower will be affected. Students from poor educational and socio economic background can not offord to go for BS C. Further there is got to be great shortage for nurses.
    1 month ago reply
  • Suma

    Then what about the GNM completed nurses. Are the eligible for posts offered by govt or they have to do pb bsc.
    2 months ago reply
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