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West Bengal to train male nurses

October 21, 2013

Apart from doctors, nurses play a pivotal role in attending to patients at health institutions. The profession is mostly taken up by women and male nurses are very rare in the world. Few states in India have male nurses, though. Among 2.1 million registered nurses in the United States, only 6.6 % constitute the male nurses (source: Wikipedia). This trend of female domination in the nursing profession is all set to be challenged in Bengal’s state run hospitals.

Government of West Bengal is planning to launch a training course for male nurses, first of its kind in the state.

About the course

  • Total duration will be two and half years
  • Already approved by the chief minister, it is expected to start by the month of November this year.
  • Total number of seats will be 100 in the beginning; expected to grow according to demand
  • The training will be held at Netaji Subhas Sanatorium in Kalyani (Nadia district)
  • Eligibility: Anyone who has passed the Higher Secondary or equivalent exam in the science stream with physics, chemistry and biology as main subjects may apply.
  • After completion of the final exam, a practical training will be provided in the state-run hospitals.
  • Course fee is Rs 6,000 per annum with a minimum age limit of 17 years.

Male nurses will mainly take care of departments like trauma care, psychiatry, emergency wards and will also be deployed in other departments except gynaecology and maternity sections. Administering Intravenous injections, oxygen etc to patients will be among their job profile.

Surely, West Bengal is breaking the status quo and ushering in a new phase in the healthcare sector with this revolutionary initiative.

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Comments (4)
Md Anwarul Islam Reply
October 26, 2014
Thanks; its a good initiative by the government of west bengal, as a doctor , during my hospital duty i also feel the such kind of male stuff; students from different part ask me how to apply for this course; so my humble request to the government, please inform me how to apply?
shirshak Reply
October 29, 2013
How can I apply for the male nurse?
Sumona Reply
October 21, 2013
Yes, we usually associate nursing with women. But men can also share some of the duties surely.
Sumit Roy Reply
October 20, 2013
State hospitals need more nurses as they need to attend to so many patients. Males getting into the profession will improve the scenario.
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