Commonly known as GNM, the General Nursing and Midwifery course deals in training nursing students on the aspect of general health care and midwifery. The concept of midwifery may not be common among masses, but the service which the degree holders provide is one of the most crucial ones. Midwifery as a science and profession assists and aids mothers in pre and post pregnancy period, labour, childbirth and infancy period (caring of the infant), sexual and regenerative soundness of ladies for the duration of their lives, etc. Why Nursing and Midwifery? As medical students strengthen their general knowledge base about health and health-related services throughout the course of their study, they can proceed progressively to the specific regions of health and related services. These may include, for example- emergency nursing, nourishment, childcare, paediatrics, orthopaedics, pharmacology, intensive care and maternity care among other medicinal services fields. A Nurse's and Midwife's work may include working in an array of human health services settings with both people in general and private healthcare agencies and hospitals and may work in emergency clinics, nursing homes, hospices, the military, community centres, medicinal services offices, and school colleges among other human services settings. After Bachelor's degree, GNMs may proceed with their training in a post-graduate program where they can acquire their degree and pursue good career options and progressively reach to conspicuous positions. For example, they can occupy management related and leadership oriented positions within their profession or they can work in research and development related aspects. How to Apply? We will try to elaborate and ease for you the process of applying to this course, specifically in the state of Kerela. The notification inviting the applications for the course is floated by the Directorate of Health Services, Kerala, for admission to the three-year General Nursing and Midwifery course, in Government Nursing Schools in Kerela. The prominent government-run nursing schools and training centres are situated at the following places - Elanthur, Pathanamthitta Kollam Asramam, Kollam Trivandrum Muttam, Idukki Alappuzha Kottayam Ernakulam Thrissur Palakkad Manjeri, Malappuram Panamaram, Wayanad Kozhikode Kannur Kanhangad, Kasaragod. The total number of seats available for application is 365, spread across these 15 areas. The distribution of seats with respect to the areas as mentioned above is - Thiruvananthapuram-28, Kollam-25, Pathanamthitta-20, Alappuzha-23, Kottayam-20, Idukki-20, Ernakulam-30, Thrissur-28, Palakkad-25, Malappuram-26, Kozhikode-50, Wayanad-20, Kannur-30, Kasaragod-20 In addition to the distribution of these seats as stated above, there is a provision for reservation of one seat each for students from Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep Islands, in the schools in the areas of Ernakulam and Kozhikode. To maintain balance and give the males an equal chance, 20% of these seats are saved for undergraduate male students. In case the seats go vacant, they will be allotted to female students. It is a general rule that in each locality, 3/5 seats (60%) will be available for students based on merit and the remaining, i.e. 2/5 (40%) will be distributed as per reservations. For more information and official prospectus, the interested students may visit the official website of the Directorate of Health Services for Kerela at www.dhs.kerala.gov.in.
Eligibility: The course has certain eligibility criteria that must be fulfilled by the students before applying. The applicant should not be less than 17 years old and not more than 27 years old, as on the date specified in the notification. Relaxation in the upper age limit is considered for students applying in certain areas. The relaxation will not be more than three years in case of general students and not more than 5 years in case of students who are classified as SCs or STs. Other than the above, the applicant should have passed the intermediate or any other identical examination with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as optional subjects and English as a mandatory subject, with at least 40% marks. SC/ST candidates will just need passing marks. Without the adequate number of applicants under the above stated eligibility criteria, the undergraduate students who have gone for intermediate with different subjects may also be considered. Applicants under the Persons with Disability class other than those explicitly mentioned in the notification are not qualified to apply. Procedure: Except if specifically exempted in the Prospectus, a candidate needs to present his/her application to the District Nursing School of the area to which he/she has applied to or has been allotted. In case the residential address of the applicant is different than the place he or she has applied to, the candidate needs to provide a declaration by the Tahsildar or Village Officer that he/she is a resident in the area for which he/she has applied to, for a reasonable amount of time. This condition is mandatory for all the applicants, irrespective of their quota or reservation. Application Fee: The application fee for the above course is Rs.75/ - for SC/ST candidates and Rs.250/ - for other general students. This must be paid by the method of challan. In this method, the applicant has to go any branch of the bank in which the authority has its bank account and pay the fees over the counter. The bank will in return give the challan approved with the signature of the official and the seal of the bank. Filled applications are to be submitted to the Nursing Schools in the concerned area of the candidate with the Challan as proof of the payment of the fees. The individuals who are applying to the Government Nursing School, Asramam, Kollam as SC/ST applicants, are required to submit the application to 'The Principal, School of Nursing, Asramam, Kollam’. Other than that, the candidates who wish to apply to the Nursing Schools in their area should give a separate application to the concerned District School. The application should mention the subject as 'Application for General Nursing Course 2019' on the head. The details of the applicant are to be provided on the left-hand side of the application with the name and address of the applicant. Admission to the course will be confirmed only on full verification of the details and eligibility criteria of the applicant. The marks in English will be the tie-breaker in case two students get the same marks in the other subjects. Even if the scores match after taking into account the above tie-breaker, the applicant whose age is more will be considered first. Hope the above information helped you. Please let us know if we missed something. Happy Exploring!
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