In its recent National Nursing Association (NNA) conference in London, the NNA revealed a host of new nursing courses are in the pipeline.
In the postgraduate category, the nursing profession is expected to become a vital component of healthcare services, especially in the NHS.
According to the NNAs latest report, nursing students have more than doubled in the last five years to 2.8 million from 1.4 million.
The report also revealed that of the total number of postgraduate graduates, 4.1 per cent are nursing graduates and this number is expected grow further to 7 per cent by 2025.
While there are several reasons behind the increase in nursing students, the report highlighted a number of major reasons, including the increase of the number of nursing students and postgraduate trainees, as well as the rise in demand for postgraduate courses.
Postgraduate students are expected to increase in number by approximately 2 million by 2025According to Dr J.M. Rajakumar, Chief Executive Officer of the Nursing Association, postgraduate students have risen by over 200 per cent.
“It’s not just postgraduate nurse trainees.
The demand for the postgraduates has also increased.
So, it’s not surprising that postgraduate training has become a core component of the post-graduate nursing curriculum,” he said.
He added that there is an increase in the number and size of nursing courses.
“There are over 2,000 nursing courses in India.
Of these, more than 200 courses have a maximum enrolment of more than 30,000 students.
It is our hope that by 2025, the total enrolment in nursing courses will be around 4.5 million students.
It will also continue to increase for the next two decades. “
We are hoping that this number will double in the next five years.
It will also continue to increase for the next two decades.
The increase in enrolment is not confined to the post graduate degree course,” Dr Rajakumaran said.
In order to meet the demand for nursing training, the government has introduced a number the National Postgraduate Training (NPT) Scheme, which aims to provide postgraduate posts to postgraduate nurses through online courses.
NPT is a pilot project for the NNF which is the only program to offer a postgraduate postgraduate degree at a post graduate institution.
The government plans to provide up to six degrees for post graduate nurses at various hospitals across the country.
Nurse training is a growing sector in IndiaThe report mentions that in the year 2020, the number in the nursing industry grew by nearly 5.2 per cent, with the total workforce in the industry up to 2,867,700.
According the report, there are a number reasons behind this.
Firstly, there is a shortage of trained nursing personnel, which leads to a shortage in the profession.
Secondly, there has been an increase of recruitment to the industry from non-NPN candidates and thirdly, there have been a number initiatives for promoting the profession in the society.
According NNAS Executive Director Dr. Rajendra Kumar, the demand from the nursing community is increasing.
“The demand is increasing and there is also a shortage.
The NNF is the main platform for training nursing students.
We are looking at a number opportunities for students to gain the skills that are needed in the future.”
As the number increases, there will be an increase on the supply side, which will be reflected in the higher prices of medical and pharmaceutical products in the market, the National Nursing Council (NNC) CEO Rakesh Sharma told NDTV.
The NNAC is an inter-departmental organisation headed by the National Council for Graduate Nursing (NCGN), which has been working to promote nursing through postgraduate programmes for a decade.
Sharma said the NNC is currently working with a number nursing colleges to develop training programs for postgraduating nurses.
The NCGN is part of the National Federation of Nursing Associations (NFNA), which is an independent body that has been promoting nursing as a profession for more than a decade, Sharma said.
“NCG’s mission is to promote and protect the profession as a healthcare profession, through the NPNS (Nursing Postgraduate Specialisation Scheme), NNC and the NCGA,” he added.