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This page provides the exam syllabus for recruitment to the posts of Nursing Officer, Staff Nurse, Sisters, GNM, Nurse and ANM etc. Registered nurse education requirements in India are Bachelor degree of Science in Nursing. Equivalently the nurse practitioners qualified with GNM course are also eligible for the employment in hospitals and nursing homes. In fact, there are endless opportunities for nurse practitioner in India.

Nursing Exam Syllabus 2023

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What do Nurses do?: This could be very general question for those who are in search of nursing jobs in India. To get a quick overview of the duties of a nurse and syllabus please check the following tables. The below given tables contains the latest Nursing Syllabus for the recruitment in various hospitals and medical institutions.

Nursing Foundations

Health and Wellness: Definition and concept of health, Models of health and illness, Concept of wellness, well-being and health-illness continuum, Variables influencing health beliefs, Health promotion, Disease prevention, Risk factors influencing health.

Profession of Nursing: Definition, concepts, philosophy, objectives, trends, and history of nursing in India; Characteristics, nature and scope of nursing, Qualities and role of professional nurse, Evidence Based Practice (EBP), Ethics and values in nursing.

Admission of Patient in Hospital: Unit and its preparation admission to the bed, Special considerations, Medico legal issues, Roles and responsibilities of the nurse in admission of Patient in Hospital.

Discharge of Patient in Hospital: Types of discharge, LAMA/DAMA and abscond, referrals and transfers; Discharge planning and procedure; Special considerations; Medico legal issues; Roles and responsibilities of the nurse in discharging a patient from hospital; Care of the unit after discharge.

Communication and Relationship with Patient: General practices of communication and nursing; Basic elements and forms of communication, Professional nursing relationship, Patient teaching about importance, purpose, process, role of nurse.

Process and Care Plan: Nursing process; Nursing care plan; Meaning, importance and steps in development.

Documentation and Reporting: Purpose of recording and reporting, Communication within the health care team, Ward records, Medical/nursing records, Common record keeping forms, Computerized documentation, Guideline for reporting, Methods of recording and reporting; Change of shift etc.

Vital Signs: Assessment and technique of body temperature, Hot and cold applications, hypothermia, hypothermia, Heatstroke; Assessment and technique of Pulse, Alterations in pulse; Physiology, regulation, mechanics of breathing and characteristics of respiration; Assessment and technique of Blood pressure, Hypertension and hypo-tension.

Health Assessment: Purposes of health assessment, Taking of health history, Physical examination, Methods & techniques of physical assessment.

Care of Equipment: Indent, maintenance and inventory of equipment; Disposable, Reusable, Rubber goods, Stainless steel articles, Glassware, furniture; sharp instruments and machinery.

Special Care: Unconscious patient; Patient with fluid imbalance; Patient with Dyspnea; physically handicapped; Care of terminally ill-patient with urinary catheter.

Infection Control: Nature of Infection; Chain of infection transmission; Hospital acquired infection; Washing of hands; Disinfection of equipment and unit.

Waste management: Concept and importance of hospital waste management; Segregation of hospital waste; Treatment, transportation and disposal of hospital waste.

Drug Administration: Purposes of drugs; Routes of administration; Rights, special consideration, prescription, safety in administering drugs; Storage and maintenance of drugs; Factors influencing drugs action; Terminologies and common abbreviation used in prescription of drugs.

First Aid: Meaning and rules of First Aid. First Aid in various situations e.g, Fire, Earthquakes, Famines, Fractures, Accidents, Poisoning, Drowning, Hemorrhage, Insects bite, Foreign bodies, Transportation
of the injured bandaging and splinting.

Dying Patient: Signs and symptoms of approaching death; Needs of the dying patient and relatives; Care; Packing of dead bodies.

Needs of Hospitalized Patient:

  • Environmental safety: temperature, humidity, noise, ventilation, light, odour, pests and fire/fall control
  • Hygienic care: Hair care, Oral care, Bed bath, Back care, Hand-feet & nail care, Eye, ear & nose care, Unit cleaning, nutritional needs; Activity and exercises
  • Comfort: Types and making of beds; Comfort devices; Pain management; Problems in sickness

Medical Surgical Nursing

Role and responsibilities of a nurse in Medical and Surgical Settings : Outpatient Units; In- Patient Units; Intensive Care Units; Home and Community setting.

Surgical Patient Care: Pre-operative; Intra operative and Post-operative functions of Nurse in operation theatre.

Skeletal System: Disorder and diseases of bones and joints, Fractures, Arthritis, Osteomyelitis, Tumors, TB, Deformities.

Blood Transfusion: Indications; Grouping and matching; R.H factors; Plasma precautions; Functioning of blood bank.

Anesthesia: Classification, anesthetic agents and role of nurse in anesthesia.

Blood Disorder: Anaemia; Leukemia; Haemophilia; Hodgkins Diseases.

Nursing Management with Respiratory System: Etiology, Clinical manifestation, diagnosis, treatment and medical, surgical, dietetics of the Respiratory system. Nursing Management with Asthma, Pneumonia, Lung abscess, Pleurisy, Emphysema, Bronchiectasis, Pulmonary Tumours, Pleural Effusions, Pulmonary TB, Acute Respiratory distress syndrome.

Cardiovascular System: Diseases of heart; Cardiac arrhythmias; Cardiac arrests; Heart Blocks; Pericarditis, Myocarditis, Endocarditis; Congestive heart failure; Hypertension; Angina Pectoris; Valvular Diseases, Basic and advanced cardiac life support.

Vascular Diseases: Arteriosclerosis; Atherosclerosis; Varicose veins and aneurysms.

Gastro Intestinal System: Stomatitis, gingivitis and parotitis; Dental caries; Tumors; Gastritis; Peptic ulcer; Enteritis; Colitis; Appendicitis; Hemorrhoids; Hernia; Hepatitis; Cirrhosis of liver; Liver abscess; Cholecystitis; Hepatic coma; Pancreatitis; Carcinoma of liver and Pancreas; Tuberculosis.

Genito Urinary System: Diseases of kidney, ureter, bladder and urethra; Congenital abnormalities; Acute and chronic nephritis; Nephrosis; Uremia; Tumors; TB; Obstruction; Pyelitis and Pyelonephritis; Cystitis; Disorder of Micturition; Urethritis; Cancer Penis; Inflammation of testes, Epididymis and Prostate glands; Prostatic hypertrophy; Malignancy. Dialysis, renal transplant, trauma of ureter, bladder, urethra.

O.T Room: General set up of operation theatre and team; Theatre techniques; Preparation of theatre equipment and instruments; Role of a nurse in patient care in operation theatre.

I.C.U: Concept & principles of Intensive Care Nursing; Role of a nurse in I.C.U; Common gad gets use in I.C.U/C.C.U-Cardiac Monitors, Birds, respirator, defibrillators.

Eye’s Disorders: Causes and prevention of blindness; Eye banking, Community services; Conjunctivitis; Glaucoma; Cataract; Retinal detachments; Eye prostheses and rehabilitation; Injury and hemorrhage.

Ear Diseases: Wax; Foreign bodies; Furunculosis; Fungal infections; Otitis Media; Injuries and deafness; Mastoiditis; Rhinitis; Defected Septum; Sinusitis; Allergy.

Communicable Diseases: Measles, influenza, Chickenpox, Smallpox, Mumps, infection hepatitis, Diphtheria, Cough, tetanus, leprosy, typhoid, dysentery, Kala-azar, plague, replapsing fever and rabies; Malaria, filaria, Dengue fever, Sexually transmitted diseases.

Nursing management (various types): Management of patient with Immunological problem; Management of patients With oncological conditions; Management of patient in disaster situations; Management of patient in emergency, physical set up, staffing, equipment & supplies, protocols, Concepts of triage & role of triage nurse.

Midwifery & Gynaecological Nursing

Introduction : Definition of Midwifery, obstetrical nursing; Development of maternity services in India; Morbidity and mortality rates and their significance; Internal and External organs of reproduction; Fertilisation and implantation of the ovum; Foetal development and foetal circulation.

Normal Pregnancy: Physiological changes due to pregnancy; Signs, symptoms and diagnosis; Influence of hormones

Pre-natal care: Objectives; History taking; Calculation of Expected date of delivery; Routine Examinations

Care and advice: Care and advice regarding the diet in pregnancy; anti-natal Exercises; Minor disorders of pregnancy and alleviation of discomfort.

Diseases associated with pregnancy: Cardio vascular; Urinary; Respiratory; Metabolic; Nutritional deficiencies; Sexually transmitted diseases.

Normal Delivery (Preparation): Preparation of the patient and delivery room-hospital and home; Psychological preparation of mother and family.

Normal Labour: Definition, stage and duration; Causes of onset of labour; True and False labour; Signs of onset of labour; Physiological changes in first stage of labour; Management and preparation of labour; Preparation of equipments for normal delivery; Monitoring of maternal and foetal condition; Vaginal examination.

Second Stage of Labour: Signs of second stage; Mechanisms of labour; Monitoring of maternal and foetal conditions; Procedure for conduct of normal delivery; Prevention of Perineal tear; Episiotomy, suturing and care.

Third Stage of Labour: Signs, Physiological changes; Immediate care and monitoring of newborn baby; Technique of placenta expulsion and examination of placenta; Apgar scoring, examination for defects (head to foot examination).

Management of mother during puerperium: Definition of nursing management of mother during puerperium, objectives of care; Immediate postnatal care; Management of physiological changes during puerperium; Care of Episiotomy; Establishment of breast feeding; Postnatal exercises and examination, follow up family welfare; Minor ailments and management.

Complications and management of pregnancy: Bleeding in early and late pregnancy; Pregnancy induced hypertension, Pre-Eclampsia, Eclampsia; Hydramnios, Oligohydramnios; Hydatidiform mole; Pelvic inflammatory disease; Intra uterine growth retardation, intra uterine death; Post maturity.

Management of high risk pregnancy: Anaemia, Jaundice, Viral infection; Urinary tract infections; Heart diseases, diabetes mellitus; Osteomalacia; Sexually Transmitted diseases; AIDS; Teenage Pregnancy; Elderly pregnancy; Multi Para & Multiple pregnancy.

Labour Complications: Mal-presentations and Mal-positions; Occipito posterior position; Breach and shoulder; Face and Brow; Cord presentation and prolapse; Obstructed labour; Ruptured uterus; Post partum haemorrhage, atonic uterus, retained placenta and membranes.

Obstetrics operations: Manual removal of placenta; Version: Internal, External; Vacuum extraction; Caesarean section; Medical termination of pregnancy; Laparoscopic sterilization; Embryotomy.

Fertility and Infertility: Definition and causes both in male and female investigation and management.

Disorders of female reproductive system: Infections; cyst, tumors and fibroids; Abortion; Ectopic pregnancy; Vaginal fistula; Erosion of cervix; Sexually transmission disease; Abnormalities of menstruation; Menopause; Mastitis; Breast abscess; Tumors; Malignancy.

Child Health Nursing

Introduction: Concept in Child health care and role of Paediatric nurse in child care. This table covers the topics of study of child health nursing.

Healthy child: Factors affecting growth and development of child; Assessment of growth and development; Responsibility of nurse to meet the nutritional needs; Childhood Accidents, child guidance clinics.

Care of Newborn Baby: Appraisal of Newborn; Nursing care of a normal new born baby; Neonatal resuscitation; Kangaroo mother care, Nursing management of common neonatal disorder e.g, low birth weight baby; Hyperbilirubinemia; Hypothermia hyperthermia; Metabolic disorder; Neonatal infections.

Congenital anomalies: Causes, Prevention management; Preparation of the parents; Parents counselling.

Breast Feeding: Importance and principles of breast feeding; Preparation of mother; Difficulties in breast feeding; Factors inhabiting and promoting lactation.

Introduction of Solids: Weaning; Developing healthy foods habits; Diet of healthy Child; Artificial feeding; Reason and maintenance of hygiene; Feeding technique; Common problems.

Children Diseases: Etiology, Signs and symptoms, medical and surgical management, nursing care, Complication, diet and drug therapy, prevention and treatment with diseases.

Gastro-intestinal System: Thrush; Gastro enteritis, acute and chronic diarrhea; Vomiting; cleft lip and cleft palate; Oesophageal atresia; Pyloric stenosis; Hernia; Appendicitis, Jaundice; Worm infestation.

Respiratory System: Foreign bodies; common cold; tonsils and adenoids; croup, influenza; bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, emphysema, Diaphragmatic hernia.

Genito-urinary System: Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, nephrosis; Undescended testes; Prevention of infection; Congenital disorders, Renal failure.

Cardio Vascular system: Congenital defects; Rheumatic fever and Rheumatic heart diseases, Congestive heart failure.

Nervous System: Convulsions, epilepsy; Meningitis, Encephalitis; Epilepsy; Cerebral palsy; Mental retardation; Hydrocephalus; Spina bifida, Mongolism.

Eye and Ear: Conjunctivitis; Squint eyes; Congenital cataract; Visual defects; Blindness, Deafness.

Nutritional Disorder: Marasmus; Kwashiorkor; Anaemia; Vitamin Deficiencies.

Communicable diseases in children: Measles, Small pox and chicken pox; polio; mumps; Tetanus; Diphtheria, cough; infection hepatitis, Scabies, Eczema, Pediculosis, ringworm, fungus, furunculosis.

Hemotological disorder: Anemias, leukemia, thalassaemia, haemophilia.

Endocrine disorder: Diabetisinsipidus; dwarfism; Orthopaedic disorder e.g, Club feet; Fractures.

Child health Emergencies: Burns; Drowning; Foreign Bodies; Poisoning.

Psychological problems: Enuresis, pica, Speech defects, headache, Thumb Sucking, delinquency.

Handicapped Child: Importance of early diagnosis; Care of physically and mentally handicapped child; Deprived child; Community facilities; Adaption laws; Foster and orphanages.

Mental Health Nursing

Introduction: Meaning of mental illness; Terms used in psychiatry; Etiology of mental illness and contribution & legal aspects of a nurse in the care of the mentally sick patient.

Community Responsibility: Attitudes and misconceptions towards mentally ill patients; Health and social service for the mental illness.

Diagnosis: Early recognition of deviations; Classification of mental disorders; Signs and symptoms of common mental illness.

Management: Physical therapy; drug therapy, shock therapy; Psychotherapy; hypnosis, psychoanalysis; behavior therapy, recreational and social therapy, occupational therapy.

Role of the Nurse: Role of a nurse over the active patient; Destructive patient; Suicidal patient; Depression; Withdrawal and Mania; Prevention of accidents amongst mentally ill; Observation reporting and recording; Procedure for admission into and discharge from mental hospitals.

Community Health Nursing

Introduction: Concept, Definition of Community Health, differences between institutional and community health nursing, qualities and functions of a community health nurse.

Aspects of Community Health Nursing: Family Health services, maternal and child care and family planning; School health services; Industrial Nursing; Geriatric Nursing; Tuberculosis Nursing; Nurses Role in National Health Programmes.

Demography and Family Welfare: Meaning, aims, objectives and importance of Demography and Family Welfare; Policy and family planning methods; National programme; Nurse’s role in family welfare programme.

Health Team: Composition at community- Health Centre (CHC), Primary Health Centre (PHC), and Sub-Centre (SC).

Vital Health Statistics: Concept; Uses; Sources; Important rates and indices; Vital Health records and their utility; Principles of reporting and recording.

Health Education and Communication skills: Concept, definition, aims & objectives of health education and scope; Methods of health education and Principles of Health education; Communication; Meaning and methods of Communication, verbal and non-verbal Communication; Art of listening; Barriers of communication Audio visual aids.

Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology

Microbiology: Scope and usefulness of knowledge of microbiology in Nursing; Classification of Micro-organisms and factors influencing growth; Sources & transmission of infection.

Anatomy & Physiology: Skeletal system; Muscular System; Cardio-Vascular System Blood; Respiratory System; Digestive System; Excretory System; Nervous System; Endocrine System; Sense Organs; Reproductive System; Different types of Sterilization; Disinfection; Bio-safety and waste management; Collection & principles of specimens.

Nursing Research & Statistics

Introduction to statistics definition, use of statistics, scales of measurement. Frequency of distribution and graphical Presentation of data, Measures of central tendency. Standard deviation Co-efficient of correlation normal probability, Tests of significance. Statistical packages and its application – SPSS.

  • Research and research process.
  • Research problems and questions.
  • Review of literature.
  • Research approaches and designs.
  • Population, Sample and Sampling.
  • Data collection methods and tools.
  • Analysis of data.

Nursing Management

  • Introduction to management & Administration in nursing.
  • Planning, Organization, Human resource management, Directing, Controlling, Budgeting, and Material management.
  • Management of nursing services in the Hospital and Community.
  • Regulatory bodies; Indian Nursing Council (INC), State Nursing Council Acts, Professional ethics, Code of ethics; Indian Nursing Council, International Councilfor Nurses (ICN).
  • Legal aspects in Nursing: Legal terms related to practice; registration and licensing Laws.
    Patient Rights.
  • Professional Advancement: Continuing education, Career opportunities, Membership with professional
    organizations etc.

Communication & Educational Technology

  • Communication process.
  • Interpersonal relations.
  • Human relation in context of nursing.
  • Guidance & counselling.
  • Methods of teaching.
  • Information, education & communication for health, Health behaviors, Health education, group & communities, Communicating health messages, Methods and media for communicating health message and Use of mass media.

Computer & Nursing Informatics

  • Introduction and concepts of Computer, characteristics and generation of computers.
  • Introduction to disk operating system.
  • Uses of computers and applications.
  • Nursing Informatics: General purposes, Patient Record System, E-Nursing, Telemedicine, Telenursing.
  • Electronic medical records, Management information and evaluation system (MIES)
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