General Nursing & Midwifery (GNM)

Saraswati Nursing Institute is one of the prime Nursing Institutes of the region and the courses offered here are recognized by Punjab Government, Indian Nursing council-New Delhi & Punjab Nurses Registration Council. The Institute is affiliated to Baba Farid University of Health Sciences Faridkot, Punjab.

What is GNM (General Nursing & Midwifery)?

GNM or General Nursing Midwifery is a Three and a half-year diploma course in the field of Nursing. Students who wish to pursue GNM diploma can proceed after passing their class 12 exam with Science stream. The Three year and half-year course includes six-months of mandatory internship. GNM diploma course is one of the sort out course which can be considered as a stepping stone towards making a career in the Nursing field. Graduates of GNM diploma can start their career by working with government and private hospitals and clinics.

In India, the average GNM diploma course fee ranges from Rs 20,000 to Rs 1.5 Lakh per annum. Which may vary based on the universities/colleges’ standards. There are various institutes in India which offers GNM diploma and admissions are done via both entrance exams and on the basis of merit.

GNM Nursing Eligibility Criteria

  • Should have passed class 12 with English and must have secure a minimum of 40 percent in aggregate in the qualifying examination and English separately from any recognized board State Open School recognized Candidates are also eligible for State Open School recognized by the State Government and National Institute of Open School (NIOS) recognized by Central Government. However, candidates with Science stream will be preferred

GNM Nurse: Skills Required

After the successful completion of the GNM diploma, the graduates are registered as an RNRM (Registered Nurse Registered Midwife) and is designated as a Nurse. The Nursing profession involves dealing with patients and assists doctors in providing care. While dealing with the different types of patients the Nurse attending them should have enough patience in order to show empathy to the patients. Besides this the Nurse should have demonstrated skills of working with doctors, patients and other hospital administration, compassion with having excellent communication skills. A nurse should be competent enough to communicate both in medical jargon (with doctors) and in laymen’s term (with patients). Also, a nurse should possess strong organizational and management skills as a nurse is also responsible for maintaining patient records.

GNM Nursing diploma is the most basic course and is of the shortest duration, and in the meantime the students have to learn all the nuances involved with the profession. The diploma level programme aims to train the students as nurses and help them develop skills to function efficiently in a hospital environment and can provide first aid, blood pressure monitoring, etc. along with having skills to function effectively in a team, assisting in research activities. Below is the syllabus that is taught during the course.

First Year

Biological Sciences

Behavioral Sciences

Fundamentals of Nursing

Community Health Nursing

Second Year

Medical-Surgical Nursing I

Communicable Diseases

Ear, Nose and Throat


Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing

Community Health Nursing

Computer Education

Third Year

Midwifery and Gynaecological Nursing

Community Health Nursing – II

Paediatric Nursing

Internship Period
  • Educational Method & Media For teaching in practice of Nursing
  • Introduction to Research
  • Professional Trends & Adjustment
  • Administration and Ward Management
  • Health Economics

GNM Nursing career options

GNM Nursing fresher are competent enough to serve at various hospitals and organisations after the completion of the diploma. They can start their career in nursing by joining as a Home Nurse, Health Visitor, Community Health Worker, Basic Health Worker and Rural Health Worker, Aanganwadi and ASHA worker. Below are the other job profiles in which ANM Nursing diploma holders, after attaining substantiate experience, in the field can expect to work as:

  • Forensic Nurse
  • Legal Consulting Nurse
  • Community Health Nurse
  • Teacher – Nursing School
  • ICU Nurse
  • Staff Nurse
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Senior – Nurse Educator
  • Home Care Nurse
  • Health Care Nurse

GNM Nursing Salary

GNM Diploma graduates can expect a starting salary in the range of Rs 8,000 to Rs 12,000. But with experience and attainment of further educational qualification they can earn Rs 3.2 Lakh per annum to 7.8 Lakh per annum. The amount may fluctuate depending on the employer organization and hospital.

GNM Nursing: Top Recruiters

A list of top recruiters in India which recruits the GNM diploma holders is mentioned below:

  • The Indian Red Cross Society
  • Community Health Centres
  • Max Hospital
  • Manipal Hospital
  • Apollo Hospitals Enterprise
  • Fortis Healthcare
  • Medanta Medicity
  • Columbia Asia Hospital
  • Wockhardt Hospitals
  • Global Hospitals
  • Indian Nursing Council and various State Nursing Councils

Besides joining any hospital or organization, GNM diploma holders can also continue their education by pursuing higher education. After completing the ANM and GNM both the graduates will become eligible to pursue BSc Nursing and BSc (Post-Basic) Nursing programmes.