General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM)


General Nursing and Midwifery, also known as GNM, is a diploma course designed for aspirants willing to make a career in clinical nursing. The total duration of this course is two years and six months. GNM subject essentially aims to produce and train general nurses who turn out to be the most responsible and effective part of their nursing field. The general aim of designing and developing this course is to produce well-qualified and trained nurses who can effectively address the health demands of their nation, community, and individual. 

Background: Thomas Hospital in England was the first institution to launch comparable nursing programs in India. The first hospital in India to launch a nursing training program for women was Delhi’s St. Stephen’s Hospital in 1867. The first nursing school in India was opened in Madras (now Chennai) in a general public hospital in 1871. There were only four pupils present at the time.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria to pursue General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM)

 are very basic and are given below:

Minimum Qualification Required: 10+2 (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics)

Minimum Marks Required: (50% agitated)

Though the criterion for minimum marks varies from university to university (college to college)

Age: 18 year

Course Curriculum

1st Year 

Anatomy and PhysiologyNutritionCommunity Health Nursing
PsychologyMicrobiologyPersonal and Environmental Hygiene 
Health Education SociologyFundamentals of Nursing 
First Aid Personal and environmental Hygiene Health Education and Communication Skills

2nd Year 

PharmacologyMedical-Surgical NursingPhycratic Nursing 
Medical-Surgical NursingPharmacologyMedical Surgical Nursing II (Specialist)
Orthopedic NursingCommunicable diseaseOphthalmic Nursing 
Community Health NursingMental Health and Physcatric Nursing Computer Education

3rd Year 

Advance Community Health LearningPediatric NursingMidwifery and Gynecology
Community Health Nursing 2Educational Method and Media For Teaching In Practice in Nursing Pediatric Nursing 
Introduction Of Research Administration and Ward Management Professional Trend and Management 
Health EconomicsInternship Period

4th Year 

An Internship program for six months.

Importance of General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM)

General nurse-midwifery (GNM), a well-verified and certified profession, has only become more significant in the current era due to the expanding population, illnesses, and diseases. They play a vital role in supporting doctors as they perform their duties in operating rooms, hospital wards, etc. We may therefore claim that they act as a doctor’s hand.

Additionally, they play a crucial role in educating communities and patients about various ailments and safety measures. Their educational programs cover a variety of subjects, including the advantages of preserving personal and public cleanliness, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and other subjects.

Career Options after Pursuing General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM)

Nursing is a full-time job, no matter which field you proceed in. Those candidates who, after passing all four years of the diploma with flying colors, can take up jobs in hospitals, clinics, health departments, and even in private health care centers. The person who holds the diploma in GNM can try for the following jobs to serve society:

Staff Nurse

Home Nurse

Health Visitor

Community Health Worker

Health Care Nurse

Nursing Tutor

Clinic Nurse Specialist

Certified Nursing Assistant

Legal Nurse Consultant

Senior Nurse Educator

ICU Nurse

And Many More……